Wednesday, July 29, 2009

NV-03: Dina Titus' Office on Her Cosponsoring DADT Repeal

This just in from Dina Titus' office. Again, this is great news. Another of Nevada's Congresscritters is taking action to end military discrimination and strengthen America's security. I just hope we can get the final bill passed and signed into law ASAP so we don't see any more good soldiers fired for no good reason.

Congresswoman Dina Titus announced today that she has signed on to cosponsor H.R. 1283, the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, which repeals the military’s policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

“I am proud to cosponsor this important legislation that will end this policy that has only served to weaken our Armed Forces and institutionalize discrimination against brave men and women in the LBGT community who want to serve their country,” Congresswoman Titus said. “Gay and lesbian service members make the same sacrifice as their straight counterparts when they put on our nation’s uniform and march into battle, and they should receive the same respect and dignity.”

The20“Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy has cost our nation more than 13,000 qualified servicemen and women.& nbsp;20This includes more than 800 medics, fighter pilots, and others deemed to be “mission critical” according to a 2005 GAO report at a time when our Armed Forces are stretched thin. In addition, 58 Arabic linguists who would be translating vital information that is critical to our national security have been discharged under the law.

Congresswoman Titus is joined in her support to end “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” by more than 100 retired generals and admirals, including former Secretary of the Army Clifford Alexander, who have sent a letter to Congress urging the repeal of this law. In addition, more than 4,000 veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have signed a petition calling on President Obama to end this policy.

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