Saturday, December 18, 2010


They actually did it. Congress actually repealed Don't Ask, Don't Tell. They made the statement that not only is our national defense too critical to sacrifice to social ideology, but that the men and women serving our country daily are adults. They're professionals. They have a job to do and they're proud to do it. They're grown up enough to not be worried about the personal life of the person next to them. More significantly, they are honorable enough to not demand that their comrades lie to them.

In this picture Daniel Choi cleans the tombstone of Sgt. Leonard Matlovich. Matlovich was a Vietnam Veteran and recipient of both a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. His inscription reads: "When I was in the military, they gave me a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one."

I wish that was enough.

But for some people it won't be. As a result, I'd like to list some of the accomplishments of three high ranking service members that were recently discharged under DADT. One of them, Jason Knight has the distinction of being discharged twice, first in 2005 and then again in 2007 after he was recalled to active duty.

--Distinguished graduate, Air Force ROTC – 1992
--Officer of the Year for the entire group – 1999
--Air Force Achievement Medal – April 1999
--Air Force Commendation Medal – 1998
--Air Force Commendation Medal – February 2000
--Air Force Commendation Medal – October 2001
--Joint Service Commendation Medal – July 2003
--2004 Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez Communications-Electronics Award, Field Grade Manager Category
--Air Medal with 1 oak leaf cluster
--Air Force Commendation Medal
--Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with 3 oak leaf clusters
--Air Force Good Conduct Medal
--National Defense Service Medal
--Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
--Air Force Overseas Ribbon: Long
--Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border
--Air Force Longevity Service
--Air Force NCO PME Graduate Ribbon
--Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon with 1 service star
--Air Force Training Ribbon
--Distinguished Graduate, Basic Loadmaster Course
--Distinguished Graduate, Airman Leadership School
--Airman Below-the-Zone promotion *Early promotion
--Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
--First Good Conduct Medal for Period Ending April 3, 2004
--National Defense Service Medal
--Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
--Navy Pistol Markmanship Medal
--Armed Forces Reserve Medal 2/”M” Devise
--Navy Good Conduct Medal
--Navy Rifle Sharpshooter Ribbon
--Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
--Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon
--Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
--Member served in Imminent Danger Pay Area from September 11, 2006-April 18, 2007
--Mobilized in Support of Operation Enduring Freedom
This...This is what this moronic policy has been bleeding from our armed services for the past 17 years.

I'm deeply impressed by Congress considering the time constraints they were under. Thank you. As a straight American man, thank you for not embarrassing me.

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