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HRC Salutes Our Veterans

The following post comes from James Servino, HRC's Online Fundraising and Advocacy Manager:

Today is Veterans Day and although some of us may have a day off from work tomorrow, it’s a day on for our members of the military. I know for many of you this is personal. You have family members and friends who are in the military or retired. You fought hard to garner support for repeal of DADT and elected candidates that helped wind down our wars abroad.
Like some of you, I have a family member deployed in Afghanistan right now—my brother Junior is in the Army Special Forces, a Green Beret—and I couldn’t be prouder. This is his 3rd deployment and another holiday season with him in harms way.
Here’s the awesome thing: my brother believes so strongly in America’s need for LGBT equality that right before his deployment to Afghanistan he volunteered for HRC with the rest of my family back home (including my sister, HRC intern Jackie) at Orange County Pride.
Many of our HRC staff wanted to honor our veterans and military families by doing something as a part of the First Lady and Dr. Jill Biden’s Joining Forces Initiative. We saw it as our chance to show some support for the military on behalf of our HRC community.

As HRC staff, we’re happy to be sending dozens of messages of thanks and support as a part of Operation Honor Cards. Operation Honor Cards allows organizations and individuals to register and pledge hours of service, but they also collect and deliver physical notes of support to members of the military and our military families.

We’re grateful for all the sacrifices and contributions of our military families and service members. You can learn more about the Joining Forces Initiative of the First Lady and Dr. Jill Biden and you can also make a direct contribution to the USO.

Thank you to all those who serve and all our military families—happy Veterans Day.

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