9/23/2005

Don't ask, don't tell and don't fight for US in Iraq

A good soldier discharged because he was found to be gay by a internet search. This is an outrage! They are needing boots on the ground and they discharge a guy not for him outing himself on the barracs, but by someone finding his sexual orientation via Google ?!?! -- law

Jeff Howe of San Francisco didn't enlist the morning after 9/11. But as months passed and U.S. forces fought in Afghanistan, 'I felt helpless. Something was going on and I wanted to be part of it. It was a unique moment. I wanted to fight the nation's enemies.'

So he joined the Army.

Howe is gay. The Army didn't ask, and he didn't tell.

But this year, while his artillery unit was on its second tour in Iraq, Howe posted a photo with his Internet blog of an Army vehicle that had been destroyed by a rocket. That violated Army security rules and prompted an investigation that revealed something else: He had declared his sexual orientation on a gay Web site.

Howe, 32, was honorably discharged Aug. 3. He says he wishes he were still with his unit — 'they're getting shot at every day.' And he says he doesn't regret his decision to enlist: 'I grew as a person. I hope I made some small difference over there.'"

USATODAY.com - An early face of the war

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