Thursday, July 9, 2009

"Voices of Honor" National Tour Launched by HRC and Servicemembers United Against DADT

The HRC and Servicemembers United have collaborated to form the "Voices of Honor" national tour against Don't Ask Don't Tell. Rep. Patrick Murphy, former West Point professor and Iraq War vet, announced the tour Wednesday as well as announcing that he will be the lead sponsor of legislation to repeal the discriminatory policy.

The tour, stopping in several cities including Philadelphia, PA and Orlando, FL, will feature former Marine Staff Sgt. Eric Alva, the first U.S. soldier wounded in the Iraq war; Jarrod Chlapowski, a former U.S. Army Korean linguist who opted to not re-enlist because of DADT and is currently a public policy advocate at the Human Rights Campaign; Alex Nicholson, a U.S. Army veteran fluent in Arabic discharged under DADT and current executive director of Servicemembers United; Army Staff Sgt. Genevieve Chase, a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom and Executive Director of American Women Veterans; and others. Many on the tour are straight in order to do outreach to straight soldiers.

Later in the evening, Rep. Patrick Murphy spoke to Rachel Maddow telling her that now is the time to repeal DADT.

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