Alva was the first American servicemember wounded in the Iraq war. Hours after the initial invasion, he stepped on a land mine and lost his right leg. Alva came out as gay after leaving the service.
I dare you not to find a lump in your throat when he explains the etymology of his middle name, Fidelis: "Loyalty is literally my middle name."
His most damning indictment of DADT: "I had proudly served a country that was not proud of me."
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