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Received this e-mail today from Senator Brian Schatz's (D. HI) campaign:
I’m a proud combat veteran of the Iraq War, having served two tours of duty and receiving three awards for meritorious service. But because of the faulty Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, I was kicked out of the military, simply for being gay.

Even though the policy was repealed three years ago, thousands of veterans like me still bear the scars of this discrimination, with dishonorable or less than honorable discharges staining our military records and marks on our records that compromise our right to privacy.

Help right the wrongs of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Sign on as a Citizen Co-Sponsor of Senator Brian Schatz’s Restore Honor to Service Members Act.

Many of the 114,000 brave men and women wrongly discharged from the armed services since World War II because of who they love are barred from receiving the benefits they earned. In the worst cases, some are even legally prevented from calling themselves a veteran.

This is an affront to the people who put their own self-interest aside to serve our country. The time to end this disgrace is now.

Ending Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was a proud moment for gay veterans like me, but too many veterans still are treated unequally and are not receiving the correct honor they deserve. After decades of institutionalized discrimination, It’s time to finish righting those wrongs.

This legislation to make sure my service is honored means so much to me and other current or former service members and our families. It’s one of the many reasons that I’m proud to say that Brian Schatz is my U.S. Senator.

Join Senator Schatz as a Citizen Co-Sponsor of his Restore Honor to Service Members Act!

Mahalo for your support,

Kory Rosette
Equality Hawaii Board of Directors member

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Originally posted to pdc on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 02:08 PM PST.

Also republished by LGBT Rights are Human Rights, LGBT Kos Community, Military Community Members of Daily Kos, Milk Men And Women, and The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.

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