Our veterans serve with honor, yet our military still does not let many of them serve with dignity.
It’s time for our country to allow it’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender service members to serve openly as who they are. It’s time to end the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.
Click here and write a letter to the editor calling on President Obama and Congress to end the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Policy.
This is urgent. The United States is at war in two countries across the globe and fighting a global struggle against terrorist networks. We need every Soldier, Sailor, Airman, and Marine that wants to serve their country with honor.
Instead, we’ve expelled over ten thousand troops from our military since “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” began. Many of them served in critical fields, such as intelligence analysts or translators for Arabic, Farsi, and Pashto. It has cost America hundreds of millions of dollars, and we’ve dishonored those who volunteered to sacrifice for us.
The divisiveness introduced by the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy weakens our military’s, readiness, unit cohesion and troop morale. At least 24 nations allow gay soldiers to serve openly in the military, including several fighting with us in Iraq and Afghanistan. Tell the President and Congress that America must join them.
Our military is strained, and we need every hand on deck. Denying anyone the right to serve because of their sexual orientation is not only divisive, it’s immoral, and it’s hurting our country and our troops.
Stand up and fight for those who want to stand up and fight for you.
MegHan Smith, YDA Veterans Caucus Chair
Rachel Kau-Taylor, YDA GLBT Caucus Chair