Veterans React to Certification By Pentagon That Military is Ready to Repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell

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Washington, DC -, the largest progressive group of veterans in America, today reacted to news that Secretary of Defense Panetta has certified that the military is ready to repeal the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy, meaning the policy will now be officially repealed in 60 days.

Richard Allen Smith, Afghanistan War Veteran and Vice Chairman of said in a statement:

"In 60 days, the greatest fighting force that history has ever known will become even stronger as we close the book on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell". Qualified and able gay and lesbian Americans who did not wish to chose between military service and their personal integrity will now be able to strengthen the ranks of America's armed forces. Those who are in the military now will no longer have to worry about being outed, allowing them to be completely focused on their combat mission.  Officers who spend countless hours investigating claims that someone is gay will now have the time they need to ensure the men and women under their command are trained to fight America's enemies.  The military will stop spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on investigations and hearings under Don't Ask, Don't Tell.  And, we'll no longer discharge some of our best and most needed troops, simply because of who they are.

"For the overwhelming majority of troops, adjusting to the repeal is not a big deal.  But in terms of strengthening our Armed Forces, and protecting America, this is one of the most important moments in recent history."

Founded in 2006,  and backed by over 100,000 members, the mission of is to use public issue campaigns and direct outreach to lawmakers to ensure that troops abroad have what they need to complete their missions, and receive the care they deserve when they get home. also recognizes veterans as a vital part of the fabric of our country and will work to protect veterans' interests in their day-to-day lives. is committed to the destruction of terror networks around the world - with force when necessary - to protect America.  While non-partisan, the group is the largest progressive organization of veterans in America.


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