Wednesday, July 23, 2008

S.Sgt. Eric Alva testifies at Don't Ask Don't Tell hearings

Marine Staff Sergeant Eric Alva testified today in the House Military Personnel Subcommittee hearings on Don't Ask Don't Tell. Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA-53) is the subcommittee chair.

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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