Latest News

 

SLDN Launches Online Campaign to Help Build Momentum for Repeal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

April 26, 2010

Contact: Paul DeMiglio
(202) 621-5408 or pdemiglio@sldn.org

SLDN Launches Online Campaign to Help Build Momentum for Repeal

"Stories from the Frontlines: Letters to President Barack Obama" begins today

www.sldn.org/letters

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), a national, legal services and policy organization dedicated to ending "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT), today launched “Stories from the Frontlines: Letters to President Barack Obama,” a new media campaign to underscore the urgent need for congressional action and presidential leadership at this critical point in the fight to repeal DADT. Every weekday morning as we approach the markup of the Defense Authorization bill in the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, SLDN and a coalition of voices supporting repeal, will share an open letter to the President from a person impacted by this discriminatory law. We are urging the President to include repeal in the Administration’s defense budget recommendations, but also to voice his support as we work to muster the 15 critical votes needed on the Senate Armed Services Committee to include repeal. To read today's letter visit: www.sldn.org/letters.

"This is a critical hour as we're very close to reaching the 15 votes needed to include repeal to the Defense Authorization bill," said Aubrey Sarvis, executive director for Servicemembers Legal Defense Network. "We are just two or three votes away and we urge the President to engage now and help us line up key votes still needed to get DADT repealed this year. By people sharing their personal stories on how this terrible law has impacted them, we can send a powerful message to the President and our own community as we build momentum going into this crucial vote."

By visiting www.sldn.org/letters, visitors will be able to read the daily letter and take action. Specific steps visitors can take include: sending a letter to their respective Members of Congress; sharing their own personal story of how DADT has impacted them; posting the daily letter on their Facebook and Twitter; and spreading the word that we're at a critical point in repeal.

Participating blogs and websites (alphabetical order / list in formation):

www.365gay.com

www.Advocate.com

www.AfterElton.com

www.AmericaBlog.com

www.Ameriqueer.blogspot.com

www.AKAWilliam.com

www.Bilerico.com

www.BoxTurtleBulletin.com

www.BrandFabulousness.com

www.DailyKos.com

www.DallasVoice.com

www.DavidInManhattan.com

www.DavidMixner.com

www.FiredUpMissouri.com

www.GoodAsYou.org

www.HRCBackStory.org

www.KennethInThe212.com

www.LezGetReal.com

www.LGBTPOV.com

www.Michael-in-Norfolk.blogspot.com

www.MikeGetsReal.com

www.MileHighGayGuy.com

www.nTouchAZ.com

www.OpenLeft.com

www.PageOneQ.com

www.PamsHouseBlend.com

www.RepealNow.org

www.SayenCroWolf.net

http://blog.seattlepi.com/stepforward/

www.Signorile.com

www.TheNewCivilRightsMovement.com

www.TheQueerTimes.com

www.Towleroad.com

www.WeGiveADamn.org

Campaign microsite:
www.sldn.org/letters

SLDN Twitter:
www.twitter.com/FreedomToServe

Campaign hashtag:
#DADTstories

Campaign shortlink:
http://bit.ly/cLUsmp

SLDN Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Servicemembers-Legal-Defense-Network/19199821791?ref=ts

##

LETTER FOR MONDAY, APRIL 26, 2010:

“Stories from the Frontlines: Letters to President Barack Obama” is a new media campaign launched to underscore the urgent need for congressional action and presidential leadership at this critical point in the fight to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT). Every weekday morning as we approach the markup of the Defense Authorization bill in the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, SLDN and a coalition of voices supporting repeal, will share an open letter to the President from a person impacted by this discriminatory law. We are urging the President to include repeal in the Administration’s defense budget recommendations, but also to voice his support as we work to muster the 15 critical votes needed on the Senate Armed Services Committee to include repeal. The Defense Authorization bill represents the best legislative vehicle to bring repeal to the president’s desk. It also was the same vehicle used to pass DADT in 1993. By working together, we can help build momentum to get the votes! We ask that you forward and post these personal stories.

##

April 26, 2010

President Barack H. Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President,

If you end “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT), I’d re-enlist the day you sign repeal into law.

For thirteen years, I served in the United States Air Force where I attained the rank of major before I was discharged under DADT.

As the Senate Armed Services Committee considers including repeal in the Defense Authorization bill, we’re very close -- just two or three votes -- to passing repeal in committee. I ask for you to voice your support to put us over the top.

I come from a family with a rich legacy of military service. My father is a West Point graduate who taught chemistry at the Air Force Academy, flew helicopters in Vietnam, and ultimately retired as a senior officer from the Air Force. One of my uncles retired as a Master Gunnery Sergeant from the Marine Corps, with service in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Another uncle served in the Army in Korea.

Growing up, I didn't really know what civilians did, I just knew I would follow in my father's footsteps and become a military officer.

I joined Air Force ROTC in 1988 and was awarded a scholarship. I earned my jump wings in 1991. In 1992, I graduated from ROTC in the top 10% of all graduates nationwide. In 1993, I went on active duty, just as DADT was becoming a law.

Stationed in Oklahoma, I was named officer of the year for my unit of nearly 1,000 people. Later, I was one of six officers selected from the entire Air force to attend Professional Military Education at Quantico, Virginia.

During my career, I deployed to the Middle East four times. In my last deployment, I led a team of nearly 200 men and women to operate and maintain the systems used to control the air space over Iraq. We came under daily mortar attacks, one of which struck one of my Airmen and also caused significant damage to our equipment. Towards the end of this deployment to Iraq, I was named one of the top officers in my career field for the entire Air Force.

In the stress of a war zone, the Air Force authorized us to use our work email accounts for “personal or morale purposes” because private email accounts were blocked for security.

Shortly after I left Iraq -- during a routine search of my computer files -- someone found that my “morale” was supported by the person I loved -- a man.

The email -- our modern day letter home -- was forwarded to my commander.

I was relieved of my duties, my security clearance was suspended and part of my pay was terminated.

In my discharge proceeding, several of my former troops wrote character reference letters for me, including one of my squadron commanders. Their letters expressed their respect for me as an officer, their hope to have me back on the job and their shock at how the Air Force was treating me.

Approximately a year after I was relieved of my duties, my Wing Commander recommended I be promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, even though the Air Force was actively pursuing my discharge.

But instead, after 16 months, I was given a police escort off the base as if I were a common criminal or a threat to national security. The severance pay I received was half of what it would have been had I been separated for any other reason.

Despite this treatment, my greatest desire is still to return to active duty as an officer and leader in the United States Air Force, protecting the freedoms of a nation that I love; freedoms that I myself was not allowed to enjoy while serving in the military.

Mr. President, I want to serve. Please fulfill your promise to repeal DADT and give me that chance.

Thank you,

Major Mike Almy
United States Air Force

Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (www.sldn.org) is a national, non-profit legal services and policy organization dedicated to ending “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” A journalists' guide is available here.

Click here to read the original article.

18 Comments

Comments for this entry are closed.

prednisone cats on September 25, 2011 at 03.45 am

comment1, cheap lipitor,  >:-PP, ampicillin.com,  qzuaj, propranolol,  :-O, furosemide,  oidcvx, propranolol migraine,  967, retin a cream,  79479, diflucan.com,  =PP, baclofen pump,  062484, mobic,  5147, zithromax antibiotic,  35089, cheap retin a,  673841, diamox 60 pills,  5832, vermox buy,  malwqj, inderal and depression,  093, bethin,  :-]]], hgh phentermine quit smoking xenical,  =-DD, amoxil.com,  age, sulfatrim pediatric,  %(((, tetracycline online,  %-D, delimited tabtongue rolleyePP, discount avodart,  9998, lipitor,  kicfvv, buy fluoxetine,  325259, acomplia drug,  493, indocin,  >:[[,

tretinoin cream.com on September 25, 2011 at 02.02 am

fluoxetine on September 25, 2011 at 12.20 am

comment1, zinc and levaquin,  icwze, lipitor,  =OOO, cytotec online,  4510, affect benicar side,  zolnt, effexor er,  =-[[[, apo-acetazolamide,  733383, anxiety seroquel,  734, zithromax,  876, prescription online diflucan,  8-PP, zoloft,  605, tamiflu side effects,  %-[[[, buy acyclovir,  51448, nolvadex tamoxifen,  451, clomid rate success,  215, xenical home page,  ztklkr, neurontin,  yiw, elimite,  xidrvs, lasix 180 pills,  %[[, cymbalta side effects,  60057,

buy buspar on September 24, 2011 at 10.40 pm

comment4, amoxil 500 mg,  saw, bactrim used for,  :-(((, buy cheap vermox online,  xclt, vermox 60 pills,  %-OOO, glucophage,  %))), propranolol.com,  zvwfwy, antabuse disulfiram,  xdw, lexapro,  tqitzl, side effects of benicar,  %]], buy cipro oflaxin,  jllksf, baldness propecia,  >:PP, tretinoin cream,  vikwp, retin a wrinkle,  :], celexa long term,  =-)), ampicillin dosage,  889, tetracycline.com,  764935, valtrex,  paj, bactrim online,  kdovuz, cymbalta,  >:-]], clomid challenge test,  8-((, buy xenical,  8]], cymbalta depression,  224797, erythromycin,  =-[, drug fluoxetine,  =-PP, lasix medicine,  yluw, furosemide mechanism,  7057, erythromycin,  :-(((, lexapro,  599,

dreampharm tamiflu on September 24, 2011 at 07.20 pm

comment2, vermox mebendazole,  8OO, lipitor,  xvo, effexor xr,  uijdga, cytotec 30 pills,  %-)), lexapro,  27174, zimulti,  733447, celexa,  jqywl, cymbalta,  8529, Doxycycline,  eqekgm, diflucan 90 pills,  3682, d nolvadex,  fefs, levitra.com,  csivrk, strattera.com,  bhzrzq, remonabent,  wzhkz, prednisone 40 mg,  0384, over the counter clomid,  6008, inderal la side effects,  %((, cymbalta off weaning,  rcqr, buy bactrim,  klxyu, diamox,  frsut, vermox 1,  vzcopn, elimite doctor,  :O, lasix eye surgery,  >:O, clomid 50 mg,  99189, furosemide,  %-D, buy seroquel,  8-]]],

chlomid hcg nolvadex on September 24, 2011 at 02.31 pm

getting off lexapro on September 24, 2011 at 12.48 pm

comment6, bactocill,  877, bactrim,  mzf, benicar,  hme, effexor problem,  >:-DD, order tamiflu,  rnhvv, augmentin 875 mg tablet,  nlyp, augmentin treatment,  :-[[, retin a wrinkle,  rfzh, lexapro antidepressant,  283152, discount cheap propecia,  970, seroquel,  513, monaslim,  09435, plavix and ed,  keznf, order acomplia online,  74220, remonabent,  8-))), cymbalta vs zoloft,  895531, xenical orlistat,  8-P, buy strattera,  >:-))), ampicillin used for,  4312, kemstro,  9456, furosemide ointment,  86513, plavix,  xvf, neurontin 600,  yke,

medicine vermox on September 24, 2011 at 09.25 am

comment4, bactrim,  8[[[, effexor,  zqj, tamiflu maker,  yiapuf, augmentin,  pxc, propranolol hcl,  pxnom, daranide,  8127, 1000 cipro xr,  1275, plavix sexual side effects,  znkde, retin tretinoin,  %(, celexa lexapro,  96895, glucophage,  :[[[, doxycycline malaria prophylaxis,  >:-OO, acomplia rimonabant,  hdqaer, levitra shemale yasmin lee,  vsif, tamiflu.com,  azi, strattera.com,  934805, buy cheap levitra,  206204, anxiety cymbalta,  911966, elimite,  >:-[, side effects of inderal,  8-[[[, efectos xenical,  33446, cymbalta 60 mg,  424, nexium side affects,  8PP, Ledercillin VK,  260406, diamox online,  319733, xenical,  =-P, clomid and miscarriage,  3589, lexapro diarrhea,  adut, neurontin level,  789,

ampicillin effects side on September 24, 2011 at 07.45 am

viagra on September 21, 2011 at 01.11 pm

comment3, buy cialis online,  lmr, cheap nonprescription viagra,  yklcp, buy cheap levitra,  ikfkxo, levitra online,  8682, viagra,  87820, cialis,  8PPP,

cialis 12 pills on September 21, 2011 at 12.25 pm

comment2, order cialis,  08322, viagra,  7602, order levitra,  eykqs, levitra pill size,  8-OOO, generic viagra review,  dwn, cialis online discount,  960292,

cialis on September 14, 2011 at 10.30 am

comment3, cheap viagra tablets,  8359, cialis com,  177, full information levitra,  >:PPP, levitra online,  683374, buy viagra,  woqtv, cialis professional 120 pills,  11465,

levitra on September 13, 2011 at 01.19 pm

comment5, viagra sale online,  008, generic cialis online,  ihr, buy levitra,  748, levitra,  itat, cheap viagra,  bqu, cialis,  15231,

levitra on September 13, 2011 at 12.09 pm

comment3, cialis,  :]], viagra online,  2221, compare levitra viagra,  183, levitra.com,  vgt, viagra online,  051, buy cialis viagra,  1451,

viagra on September 13, 2011 at 10.50 am

comment1, price of cialis,  826, online viagra,  >:O, levitra.com,  62523, levitra and viagra,  daueig, viagra.com,,  :-D, cialis,  %-(,

jttpgdqgdrl on September 06, 2011 at 11.22 pm

4lR79M kakjmykwrrem, ussgwegbunac, [link=http://eclnxeqxbrun.com/]eclnxeqxbrun[/link], http://mvdfoqlcxwhz.com/