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First They Discharged Him Because He Was Gay, Then They Recalled Him Because They Needed Him Back

May 8th, 2007 | by Ken Grandlund |

This is what it means to be a patriot.

Talk about bureaucratic hypocrisy. It seems like only yesterday that General Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, declared that homosexuality immoral and contrary to military values. Apparently he forgot to forward that memo to the Navy.

Jason Knight was given an honorable discharge after four years in the Navy in 2005 after revealing he was homosexual. He was recalled to active duty in 2006.

“I spent four years in the Navy, buried fallen servicemembers as part of the Ceremonial Guard, served as a Hebrew Linguist in Navy Intelligence, and received awards for exemplary service,” he wrote in a letter to Stripes. “However, because I was gay, the Navy discharged me and recouped my 13k sign-on bonus. Nine months later, the Navy recalled me to active duty. Did I accept despite everything that happened? Of course I did, and I would do it again. Because I love the Navy and I love my country. And despite Pace’s opinion, my shipmates support me.”

Can someone tell me again why this is such a terrible thing?

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  1. 4 Responses to “First They Discharged Him Because He Was Gay, Then They Recalled Him Because They Needed Him Back”

  2. By Ron on May 8, 2007 | Reply

    I like how they went to the dead and injured before they went to the gay folks.

  3. By tammara on May 8, 2007 | Reply

    maybe he has been cured! ya right.

  4. By Dusty on May 8, 2007 | Reply

    Ron..the irony of your statement is driving me crazy.

  5. By ken grandlund on May 8, 2007 | Reply

    Ron’s right about that though- I wrote it up back in January.

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