USMC veteran and proud member serving on the BOD for the Triangle Community Center (www.ctgay.org), CT's LGBT community center for Fairfield County.
I joined the USMC at the tender age of 17 as a senior in high school, after 9-11 and have a strong personal connection to this long overdue project.
I am celebrating my 30th birthday this year and in lieu of gifts will be requesting my friends and family to contribute towards this project.
I served actively and honorably until I was "given an offer I couldn't refuse" for a General Discharge for a "condition not a disability" due to an alleged DADT investigation. I feel that my story is very similar to many LGBT service members’ and devoted my graduate studies and thesis to DADT and the effects on LGBT Service members.
If there's any support you need from veterans in addition to monetary donations please let us know. I will be there for when the project is unveiled in DC to the public.
Gene F. Barfield said:January 4, 2014 11:43 am PST
I just posted a note on my Facebook page about this very worthy plan. Have you thought about creating a Facebook page for this? It would certainly help get the idea out, and I can't help but thinking it would gather a lot of support.
Scott Bradford said:October 10, 2013 1:14 pm PST
as the LGBT Special Emphasis Program Manager at the VA in Beckley,WV I must say that this project is very long overdue and I am thrilled to not only be a member of the community but to have the honor of taking care of our nations vets is one of the best things I imagine. So thank you to all those who have served, are serving, and will serve, truely proud to be and American
Joseph "Joedy" Yglesias, Chief, US Navy said:August 28, 2013 8:09 am PST
I look forward to helping this to become a reality!
Barry Tracy said:July 21, 2013 7:56 am PST
This is very meaningful personally. I served Honorably in both the US Navy 1969-1973 and later in the Marine Corps Reserve 1983-1987. I was discharged honorably from the Marines for Homosexual Admission. The trauma I went through scarred me to the point where I recently suffered flashbacks, anxiety attacks and other problems. I am going now to the VA and was recently diagnosed with PTSD. Please, any other vet, get help if you think you need it. People MUST remember us LGBT vets. The memorial is a terrific idea.
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