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Statements on the Passing of Kevin Blaesing

"We have learned of the untimely passing of a brave American service member, former Marine Corporal Kevin Blaesing. Mr. Blaesing was an early client of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network and courageously shared his story with the public in order to shine light on the injustice of the discriminatory 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and other loved ones at this difficult time." - Allyson Robinson, OutServe-SLDN Executive Direcetor

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"Kevin will be remembered as a courageous Marine, a pioneer in the fight to bring justice to our military for this nation's gay and lesbian patriots, and a dear friend. Even after his own discharge, he made it his mission to help other people, and his advocacy made a difference. Indeed, his life and work paved the way for so many who will never know him. I was honored to know him and proud to work alongside him to right the wrongs of discrimination in our military. My heart goes out to all those he leaves behind." - Michelle Benecke, Co-Founder, Servicemembers Legal Defense Network

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