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Proud parent of active duty army gay nurse
An American Mother
Submitted: 2009-11-03 23:42:51.000 (post #: 2333)

Dear Col. Cammermeyer, I am a nurse, as well as the mother of an active duty gay nurse who has served with honor for over ten years in the army. My son came out shortly before enlisting, and my primary concern was for his safety; not so much regarding foreign enemies, but the potential for encountering violence from his enlisted comrades if they found out about his sexual orientation. He has been highly recognized for his outstanding nursing contributions, and served two tours of duty in the middle east in Operation Enduring Freedom. How sad that while serving his country, he is unable to enjoy the basic freedom of being able to be who he is. He would love to be able to have a partner and raise a family together -- but his dedication to the military does not allow that choice. As his mother, this causes me much pain in seeing the sacrifice that he must make in order to follow his calling of caring for his patients and serving our country. There is so much more that I could say in telling you about my son -- but, "I can't." You stand tall among the heroes we learned about in nursing school, as well as the founding patriots of our nation who had the guts to fight for the right thing. I am honored at the prospect of your reading my note, and am in awe of your integrity. Thank you, thank you.
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Re: Proud parent of active duty army gay nurse
Grethe
Submitted: 2009-11-09 02:18:40.000 (post #: 2336)

Congratulations and thank you for your son's service to the country and your own support of him and his work. We are working with congress to pass the Military Enhancement Act to overturn the Don't Ask, Don't Tell which ultimate will give all their humanity and dignity considering their service to country.
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Submitted: 2009-11-15 19:22:13.000 (post #: 2339)

Do you know of any links concerning the Military Enhancement Act that provide information on what the public can do to promote this issue? Thank you.
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Re: what you can do to help
Grethe
Submitted: 2009-11-19 20:35:48.000 (post #: 2344)

The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network and VetVote.org and the HRC (Human Rights Campaigns) are organizations working hard to get legislators to sign on the the Military Enhancement Act. The SLDN can guide you if you contact them . Great that you care enough to become involved. We need you.
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