Statement of Iraq Veteran, Interim Chair of on Final Don't Ask Don't Tell Repeal

 ·, Press Release


Washington, DC - At the stroke of midnight, the military's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy was officially off the books.  Ashwin Madia, Iraq War Veteran and Interim Chairman of, released the following statement on the occassion:

"Today, the military will become stronger, with the official end of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy.  For those of us who served, this is a moment to be celebrated.  Over the course of two wars, our military became dangerously overextended, while we were severely lacking in troops with special skills, such as translators.  This didn't have to be, but it was, because we discharged many able and honorable servicemembers - many with the skill sets we needed -  simply because of their orientation.  Going forward, our military will be able to hold onto its finest, and those who serve will no longer be ordered to lie about who they are and who they love.  Today, the greatest military the earth has ever known has become even greater."

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