During Saturday's 19th Annual National Dinner, emceed by MSNBC's Chris Matthews, SLDN recognized LGBT veterans and repeal champions, including Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT), House Democratic Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME), former Rep. Patrick Murphy, Lady Gaga and more.
We are grateful to President Obama, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen, without whom repeal legislation would not have passed Congress last year. Their leadership and commitment were invaluable in this fight. And the same must be said about Department of Defense General Counsel Jeh Johnson and Army General Carter Ham, the two leaders of the Comprehensive Review Working Group (CRWG). Their work, leadership, and report laid the foundation for Congress to finally act.
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(Clockwise from left: Navy Lieutenant Paula Neira, House Democratic Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), and Anna M. Curren; Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) and former Army Sergeant Darren Manzella; Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA); former Rep. Patrick Murphy; MSNBC's Chris Matthews; Army Sergeant First Class Stacy Vasquez, former Air Force Major Mike Almy, former Air Force Staff Sergeant David Hall; Dixon Osburn and Michelle Benecke, SLDN co-founders; Army Veteran and SLDN Executive Director Aubrey Sarvis; and Colonel Grethe Cammermeyer, USA, Retired).
Photos by Judy Rolfe
03-21-11 By Paul DeMiglio, Senior Communications Manager |