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Discharged Choi Won't Pay Back Army

Discharged Choi Won't Pay Back Army


The Army wants Lt. Dan Choi to cough up $2,500 -- the "unearned portion of your enlistment or reenlistment bonus."

But Choi refuses to pay because he was discharged under "don't ask, don't tell" -- and he told President Obama exactly that in an open letter.

"It would be easy to pay the $2500 bill and be swiftly done with this diseased chapter of my life, where I sinfully deceived and tolerated self-hatred under Don't Ask Don't Tell. Many thousands have wrestled with their responsibilities and expedient solutions when confronted with issues of this magnitude. I understand you also wrestle with issues of our equality. But I choose to cease wrestling, to cease the excuses, to cease the philosophical grandstanding and ethical gymnastics of political expediency in the face of moral duty. My obligations to take a stand, knowing all the continued consequences of my violations, are clear.

"I refuse to pay your claim."

Read the full letter here.

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