CNN Reports on this important story. An American soldier writes from his heart, and urges President Obama to act.
It is time that President Obama, who has demonstrated that he is most capable of dealing with the economy, Middle East peace, education, the budget and other items all at once, also place on his agenda one more item. One that is long over-due for a resolution now.
I have been patient in this regard for the first 100 days, as I think I understand the scope of the mission that Obama is on with a whole host of issues. But there are many hands at work in his administration, and surely a consensus can be arrived at to produce a quick resolution to this matter. It may be just as easy as re-reading how Harry Truman dealt with African-Americans in the military. After all this is 2009, and the answers are not so hard to grasp.
The Department of the Army sent a letter discharging me on April 23rd. I will not lie to you; the letter is a slap in the face. It is a slap in the face to me. It is a slap in the face to my soldiers, peers and leaders who have demonstrated that an infantry unit can be professional enough to accept diversity, to accept capable leaders, to accept skilled soldiers.