A soldier ‘tells’

Talk about military waste. Here’s one shapshot of what we’re squandering with “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” It comes from Pepe N. Johnson, of Dallas, TX, a member of Military Equality Alliance:

I was a sergeant in the Army until I was kicked out in 2003. In 2001 I was selected as the Fort Sill (OK) Soldier of the Year. As far as Rep. [Vic] Snyder saying there isn’t a “big” push – he’s correct – in that there is not a lot of money behind us. I don’t make much more than I did as a sergeant, but I have devoted as much time and money as I can to work to repeal this law. I have a sincere desire to return to the military, but without having to lie and hide and be subject to vicious gossip and rumors. I can’t offer money or influence, just myself.

The award pictured above reads:

Department of the Army

This is to certify that the Secretary of the Army has awarded

The Army Commendation Medal

To Specialist Pepe Johnson

Headquarters and Headquarters Service,

2nd of the 2nd Field Artillery

For exceptional achievement culminating in the selection as the United States Army Field Artillery Center and Fort Sill Soldier of the Year, Fiscal Year 2001. Specialist Johnson’s achievement brings great credit upon him, Fort Sill and the United States Army.