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Vets Lobby Congress for DADT Repeal

Vets Lobby Congress for DADT Repeal


U.S. military veterans converged Tuesday on Capitol Hill to lobby Congress for repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

According to CNN, more than one hundred LGBT veterans and straight veteran allies attended the lobby day, and posed for a photo on the Capitol steps with Sen. Joseph Lieberman, the chief sponsor of the bill that would repeal "don't ask, don't tell."

Servicemembers Legal Defense Network reported that attendees included their client, Sara Isaacson, a University of North Carolina Army ROTC student discharged in March after she told her commander that she is a lesbian. School officials told Isaacson she would need to repay her $80,000 ROTC scholarship.

"Our first meeting this morning went very well," said Isaacson in a news release about her lobbying efforts Tuesday. "I was able to share my story and tell them about my dream to follow my grandfather and become an Army doctor. I think it was beneficial for them to hear it directly from me. I believe in living up to the military's core values of integrity. If I could serve openly and honestly, I'd seriously consider returning to school today and serving my country after graduation."

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