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Pain of being discharged
Pat Billings
Submitted: 2013-05-23 10:16:09.000 (post #: 2432)

I served from 1963 to 1964 when I was cought up in a witch hunt while in A school. I was just discovering that I was gay. Being involved in that investigation and treated like a criminal was awful. Being discharged was heartbreaking. It is still painful today. I loved the Navy and wanted to make it a career. Thank you so much for all you have done and continue to do for LGBT rights. I am glad I lived to see the strides we have made and for brave women like yourself. I saw you speak at a gay pride rally in Seattle many years ago. Thank you so much again.
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Re: Pain of being discharged
Submitted: 2013-05-28 17:47:50.000 (post #: 2436)

Nothing is as painful as being negated and rendered feeling like a criminal when you were never disloyal or negligent of duty. I don't think that pain ever goes away! I hope your discharge was honorable? If not contact the OutServe-SLDN for assistance in getting that changed. It does not matter how long ago the insult, vindication is required by an honorable discharge. It is a different time but still not full equality and still laws to change. And even with laws governing equality there are still the hearts and minds which need to change. It has been a revolution of thinking in the past 20 years. Now the boy scouts until you are 18 has changed. Stupid exception but it too will pass. Waiting for Supreme Court and DOMA to fall then the next baby steps. Well I did go on, and thank you for your kind words.
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Discharge - Under Other Than Honorable Conditions
Sandy L. McClendon
Submitted: 2014-09-03 00:08:29.000 (post #: 2444)

I received this discharge on 16 June 1966 after serving for 3 years as a Legal Yeoman at Great Lakes NTC. I had just been transferred to Lemoore NAS after extending my enlistment. I have been contemplating the means of getting this discharge upgraded to an Honorable Discharge but was never sure of steps to take to do so. In the last few weeks I have reconnected with a friend on FB, who just happened to be part of my circle of friends at Lemoore who was discharged at the same time. She told me that she had gotten her discharge upgraded by President Clinton and suggested I contact you about my situation. I have put this off far too long, but I've promised myself since 1966 to try. I think your story is great and I am more determined than ever now to see this through to the end.
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Re: Discharge - Under Other Than Honorable Conditions
Submitted: 2014-09-23 15:28:10.000 (post #: 2445)

Absolutely, you should work to get your discharge upgraded. Thank you for your service especially as you were treated. Please contact SLDN/Outserve this is the organization which combined the SLDN (Servicemembers Legal Defense Network) and Out-Serve (the Academy Graduate GLB group). They have legal assistance to help get your discharge upgraded. Please contact them and let me know how things go.
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