IAVA Joins President Obama in Signing Historic Legislation Repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”
Posted by Isabel Black on December 22
Today, IAVA joined President Obama, top military leaders and Congressional leaders at the Department of the Interior for the historic “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal signing ceremony. Leaders from the military, veteran and gay rights communities came together to witness the ceremony.
“Today was a historic and defining day for our country. It was an honor to join President Obama, the military, veteran and gay rights communities as he signed the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ This policy change was long overdue. With this change, every member of our Armed Forces will be able to serve with openness and honesty and be treated with the respect and dignity they deserve,” said IAVA Founder and Executive Director Paul Rieckhoff. “IAVA was a powerful and defining voice in this historic fight. As the only major veterans service organization that took a pro-repeal position, this is an especially momentous day for IAVA and our 90,000 Member Veterans nationwide. We look forward to working with the Department of Defense and the White House to ensure this policy change is implemented effectively and efficiently.”
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