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“Voices of Honor” Tour Logs 3000 Miles in Indiana

Repeal-DADT-Now-banner_600 The following post comes from HRC Organizer Nick Veach: 037 Indiana Air Force DADTClocking over 3000 miles traveled throughout the Hoosier state, Adrian and I made our fourth stop on the Voices of Honor Tour. Partnering with Servicemembers United, we made a stop in the rural town of Hanover, Indiana to continue the campaign to repeal “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”. Alex Nicholson of Service Members United, Air Force Veteran Mike Almy and Air Force Veteran and Hoosier, Scott Bilyou spoke to students, residents and professors at Hanover College. The three veterans spoke about their personal duties in the military, missions, responsibilities and what it was like to serve under the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” law. Alex told his story about being an Arab-Linguist and intelligence officer. He was discharged after a fellow service member told his commanding officer about his sexuality. Mike served in the United States Air Force for over 13 years and was a commanding officer for over 200 military personnel. After a fellow servicemember saw Mike's personal emails, his computer and private files were searched. Although he didn't admit to being gay, he was discharged under DADT. Our Hoosier veteran, Scott, served for four years in the United States Air Force. Enlisting with the consent of his parents at the age of 17, he served as an Air Force police officer. He was involved in the search and rescue after the Oklahoma City Bombing along with missions in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. While he was not discharged under DADT, Scott spoke of his experience of being a “closeted” service member and having to live a double life. The tour ended with questions from the audience and informative ways they can get involved repeal DADT. We'll be out in Bloomington on Tuesday. Join us! Rally to Repeal “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” at Indiana University-Bloomington

  • Date: April 13th
  • Time: 6pm-8pm
  • Location: Indiana University – Dunn Meadow Lawn– Bloomington, IN
  • For more information, contact Nick Veach at GanoNicholas.Veach@hrc.org
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