It seems this time of year that there's never enough time to get everything done, and with four children at home, my wife Danyelle and I always look forward to those days just after Christmas when things settle down just a bit. The anticipation of gift-giving is over, and we all can simply enjoy one another's company for a few days before the demands of the new year kick in.
But it's hard to rest when there is so much left to do.
Indeed, the fight is far from over. Though "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" has been relegated to the dustbin of history, our fight continues for military families who are still treated as second class citizens because of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). It continues for veterans who served our country honorably yet have not received the recognition and dignity their service is due. It continues for the more than 60,000 LGBT service members currently wearing our nation's uniform, who are not serving with legal protection from harassment and discrimination. And it continues for the brave transgender patriots who have served, who serve today, and who wish to serve in the future, yet are barred from doing so by outdated, discriminatory regulations.
We have much to be grateful for as we reflect on this year - but so much to do as we look ahead. You can make a difference. In fact, we cannot do it without you.