Crist Salutes LGBTQ Veterans on Ten Year Anniversary of Repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Congressman Charlie Crist (D-FL) released the following statement on the ten year anniversary of the repeal of the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy discriminating against LGBTQ servicemembers.

"On this day ten years ago we repealed 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell', allowing LGBTQ servicemembers to serve their country freely and proudly as their true authentic selves. Today is an opportunity to recognize the generations of LGBTQ Veterans forced to live in fear and shame while defending our country, robbed of the recognition of their service and sacrifice.

"While this discriminatory policy has finally been relegated to the dustbin of history, its painful legacy lingers for the thousands of Veterans wrongfully discharged from service or robbed of their rightful promotions and status simply because of who they were or who they loved. It is my sacred duty as a U.S. Representative of over 80,000 Veterans in Florida's 13th Congressional District to correct these errors on behalf of LGBTQ servicemembers and get them the VA benefits and healthcare they have earned. I urge our Veterans whose benefits or care were impacted by 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' or the ban on LGBTQ individuals from serving in the military to contact my office at (727) 318-6770 so we can get to work resolving this injustice on your behalf.

"To our LGBTQ Veterans, a grateful country thanks you for service and your strength."

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