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Support Our Veterans With Tomorrow’s Virtual Lobby Day

Tomorrow, more than 300 veterans will be in DC for Veterans Lobby Day to end “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Among them is Marine Staff Sergeant Eric Alva, the first service member injured in the Iraq War.  Today he appeared in the full page ad at left in Politico [pdf] calling for repeal of DADT this year. Veterans like Eric have come from across the country for one purpose: to tell our leaders that this discriminatory law must be repealed this year. And they’re not taking no for an answer. But you don’t have to be here in person to be a part of it.  Before 5 p.m. Eastern Time tomorrow, they need your help to amplfy their voices by lighting up the Congressional switchboard in a virtual lobby day. It will only take a few minutes to call your Members of Congress:

  • Call the Congressional switchboard at 202-224-3121, tell them where you live, and ask them to connect you to your Representative’s office.
  • Tell the staffer who picks up: your name, where you're calling from, and that you're "calling to support the Veteran’s Lobby Day that’s happening today and urging Congress to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” this year."

Most calls end right there, but if you’d like, you can add:

  • Americans recognize that on the battlefield, it doesn’t matter whether a soldier is lesbian, gay or straight; what matters is that a soldier gets the job done.
  • This discriminatory law hurts military readiness and national security.  It puts American soldiers at risk.
  • Congress should repeal the law now and include a timeline for implementation that allows the Pentagon to complete its study.

After you've called your Representative, take another minute to call both of your Senators:

  • Just as before, call the Congressional switchboard at 202-224-3121; ask for one of your Senators and when you're done, call back to get your other Senator.

This lobby day is one of our last chances to speak out before Congress takes action on the National Defense Authorization Act – the bill that should contain the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal language. That means it’s crunch time.  And so whether you’re a veteran, a friend or relative of a service member, or simply someone who believes in equality, make that call and add your voice to our fight to end “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” While you're at it, join the #DADT conversation on Twitter.  Vets are tweeting from Lobby Day so spread the word by copying and pasting this into your status bar on Facebook and Twitter:

  • Big lobby day Tuesday on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Call Congress at 202-224-3121 and tell them to repeal #DADT!

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