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SLDN STATEMENT ON PENTAGON’S PROPOSED TIMELINE FOR ROLLOUT OF DADT REPEAL IMPLEMENTATION

“Servicemembers Legal Defense Network is pleased the Pentagon is taking thoughtful steps to move toward certification and implementation of open service. SLDN continues to believe open service can be achieved sooner rather than later. I agree with General Cartwright that all of the troops, from top to bottom, do not need to undergo a comprehensive training and educational program before there is certification. The training and education plan need only be in place. The fact is education and training around open service can be accomplished in the first and second quarter of this year. In addition, much of the training can continue to take place during the 60-day period following certification,” said Aubrey Sarvis, Army veteran and executive director for Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN).

ABOUT SLDN: Servicemembers Legal Defense Network was established in 1993 when “Don’t Ask” originally passed. In addition to working on repeal, SLDN offers free, confidential legal services to those impacted by the discriminatory law. Last year the organization received its 10,000th call for assistance to its legal hotline.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 28, 2011
Paul DeMiglio: (202) 621-5408 or paul@sldn.org

STILL AT RISK: Despite the President signing the bill authorizing repeal, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is still in effect, and service members who come out are still at risk for discharge until 60 days after certification by the President, Secretary of Defense, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. Warning to service members: www.SLDN.org/StillAtRisk

SLDN FREE HOTLINE: Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender service members with questions are urged to contact the SLDN hotline to speak with a staff attorney: 202-328-3244 x100.

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