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Photos & Video: Veterans on Capitol Hill Today Urging Repeal

Military veterans delivered more than 20,000 postcards to Capitol Hill today with a clear message – the time to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is now. The postcards, signed by supporters of repeal from across the country, were delivered on the eve of critical votes in the House and Senate. Joining them at a press conference was Rep. Susan Davis, D-Calif., Chairwoman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel. Also among those at the event was Walker Burttschell, a former U.S. Marine discharged under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” who has been walking from Norfolk, Virginia to Washington, DC over the past week to raise awareness of the issue.  Walker had a message for Sen. Jim Webb, a fellow Marine: vote for repeal this year. As we approach votes in the House and Senate on repeal of the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law, it is critical that you call your Representative and Senators and tell them to vote for DADT repeal. Complete list of speakers:

  • Rep. Susan Davis, Chairwoman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel
  • Walker Burtschell, a Marine Veteran discharged under DADT;
  • Eric Alva, a Marine Veteran and the first American injured in the Iraq war;
  • John Affuso, an Army veteran who opted not to re-enlist because of DADT;
  • Larry Baxley, a former Navy Officer who opted not to re-enlist because of DADT;
  • Jarrod Chlapowski, a former Army Specialist who opted not to re-enlist because of DADT;
  • Mike Almy, a Major in the Air Force discharged under DADT

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