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Stories from the Frontlines: Letters to President Barack Obama - Volume 24

May 27, 2010

President Barack H. Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Northwest
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President,

I served my country for over thirty years. I enlisted in the army as a private and retired as a Major General. During that time, I saw a great deal of change in the Armed Forces. Racial segregation was ended in the ranks, women were recognized as equals and we moved to an all volunteer force.

Stories from the Frontlines: Letters to President Barack Obama - Volume 23

May 26, 2010

President Barack H. Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Northwest
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President,

As an 18-year-old, first generation immigrant from Mexico and a newly sworn in American citizen, military service seemed the best way to repay my fellow citizens for giving my family and me a shot at a better life.

I enlisted in the Marine Corps as an Aircraft Ordnance Man. USMC Boot Camp was physically and mentally challenging, but it didn’t compare to the persecution I would encounter later in the Marines.

Stories from the Frontlines: Letters to President Barack Obama - Volume 22

May 25, 2010

President Barack H. Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Northwest
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President,

On the morning of Tuesday, September 11th, 2001, I was monitoring the events unfolding in New York City while tending to patients in the Emergency Department at Duke University Medical Center. The leadership of the department was activating our disaster plan to accept as many patients as possible from the New York area. All too quickly, it became evident that there would be no need for our hospital to activate.

Hawaii adds one more Republican vote for "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal

WASHINGTON -- History was made Saturday in Honolulu with the election of Republican Charles Djou to Congress.

Djou won the special election to fill the seat left vacant by Neil Abercrombie, who resigned the office to run for governor of Hawaii.

Terry W. Hamilton, Log Cabin Republicans national board chairman, hailed the election of Djou.

Stories from the Frontlines: Letters to President Barack Obama - Volume 21

May 24, 2010

President Barack H. Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Northwest
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President,

October 12, 2000. It was the day the USS COLE was attacked -- a suicide bomber struck while the ship was harbored and refueling in a Yemeni port. Seventeen American sailors were killed, and 39 were injured.

In the hours that followed – onboard the USS SHILOH also docked in an overseas port – we were put on alert. My Captain chose me to serve as the Officer of the Deck. We were ordered to put to sea immediately and I was to coordinate the underway.

Military women urge Virginia Sen. Jim Webb to support DADT repeal

WASHINGTON – A broad coalition of military women from Virginia submitted an open letter to Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va.

The letter, hand delivered today, calls on Webb to support legislation this year to overturn the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law. The letter comes as advocates have been working to muster the 15 critical votes needed on the Senate Armed Services Committee to include DADT repeal as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011.

The Honorable James Webb
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator Webb:

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Retired military leaders to Congress and White House: Time to repeal DADT

WASHINGTON – Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Pa., today touted a strongly worded open letter in which a dozen retired military leaders told Congress and the White House that the time has come to overturn the “discriminatory and misguided” policy known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

The signers of the letter stated that “it makes little sense” as our nation is in the midst of two wars to discharge thousands of highly trained soldiers willing to take a bullet for their country simply because of their sexual origination.

Stories from the Frontlines: Letters to President Barack Obama - Volume 20

(Editor's note: The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network has kicked off its online campaign to help build momentum for repealing the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. We will be sharing SLDN's "Stories from the Frontlines: Letters to President Barack Obama.")

May 21, 2010

President Barack H. Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Northwest
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President,

Stories from the Frontlines: Letters to President Barack Obama - Volume 19

(Editor's note: The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network has kicked off its online campaign to help build momentum for repealing the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. We will be sharing SLDN's "Stories from the Frontlines: Letters to President Barack Obama.")

May 20, 2010

President Barack H. Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President,

Two Saturdays ago – that’s the day I was looking forward to for four years. May 8, 2010: Commissioning Day.

Servicemembers United launch MilitaryPartners.org

WASHINGTON -- Servicemembers United, the nation's largest organization of gay and lesbian troops and veterans and their allies, yesterday launched a new online resource to serve the military partner community - www.MilitaryPartners.org.

The website is designed to serve as the new home for Servicemembers United's "Campaign for Military Partners" initiative and will provide links to LGBT-inclusive military resources, a robust blog about the experiences of military partners, a support forum for military partners, media coverage about the plight of partners, and more.