MEANS TO ME
General Keith H. Kerr
Those impacted by this unjust law
have written poignantly about what it means to them. I
will be succinct and from the heart.
The repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
means that all servicemembers:
Can recognize and honor partners at
promotions & award ceremonies
Will bond more closely with military
colleagues about birthdays, anniversaries, and daily
life, building strong unit cohesion.
Can park near a LGBT bar and not fear his
or her vehicle will be recognized.
Will not worry about being seen as too
friendly with the gay supply clerk.
Not have a distinguished career ended by
someone with a grudge.
Will not compromise honesty, integrity, or
loyalty of core values
Can elect not to date the opposite sex for
the purpose of advancing a career.
May devote energy to military readiness,
rather than concealing one’s life and interests.
Not fear this is the day that the
Commander will say “You’re under investigation for
Can establish a more perfect Union.
Will work to promote the dignity of every
It’s been an arduous task to repeal
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. But throughout this struggle we
have had the company of a great cloud of devoted
patriots, all valiant men and women, who never wavered
to achieve this final victory!
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