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Mass. Veterans Visit Senator Brown’s Office, Urge DADT Repeal

Yesterday, six military veterans from Massachusetts met with Senator Scott Brown’s Boston staff and asked that the Senator vote to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” this year. The group included Greg Matos, a straight Marine Corps veteran who earned a Bronze Star with Combat Valor and the Department of State’s Award for Heroism for his actions defending the U.S. Consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia against an Al Qaeda attack. Travis Hengen also shared his story with Senator Brown’s staff. Travis was discharged from the military in 2003 for being gay after 12 years as an interrogator and counterintelligence agent. Travis was discharged just two months before Operation Iraqi Freedom. This morning, Travis spoke with Public News Service about this experience. Greg and Travis will join Eric Alva and other local veterans tonight at 7 PM in Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall to speak out against “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”. It's only fitting that veterans will issue their call to end DADT at Faneuil Hall, the site of Samuel Adams protests against taxation without representation in the colonies and of later protests against grave injustices by Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, and Lucy Stone. Details can be found here and on Facebook.

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