Monday, April 12, 2010

Participate in May 11th Veteran's Lobby Day on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

On May 11th, hundreds of veterans from across the country will descend on Washington, D.C. with one clear message for Congress - "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) needs to go and it needs to go this year! The National Veterans Lobby Day on DADT, which is coordinated by a broad coalition of pro-military and pro-equality organizations including PFLAG, will take place immediately before the National Defense Authorization Act - the bill that should contain DADT repeal language - is drafted on Capitol Hill. During this critical time, we need all hands on deck.

We need you to participate...

We need you to join us in Washington, D.C., whether in person or "virtually" for the National Veterans Lobby Day on DADT to help us tell members of Congress and their staff face-to-face that DADT needs to go, and it needs to go now! Now is the time to put pressure on congress to act this year. We can only accomplish this goal with your help. In coalition with many partnering organizations, we are coordinating efforts to make this lobby day one of the largest and most effective of its kind.

In order to keep the pressure on, we encourage you to participate in one of the following activities:

Share Your Story. If you are a veteran, the family member of a veteran, or an active duty service member, please consider sharing your story by contacting us. We would like to feature your DADT experiences on both our blog and in published op-eds.

Schedule a Visit. On May 11th, you can make a difference by visiting the offices of both your representative and your senators. If you don't know who your member of congress is, please visit our action center, or if you need help in setting up an in-district of D.C. visit on the 11th, please contact us today, so that we can help set-up a meeting with your congress members.

Call Congress. Please visit our action center, and tell your elected officials that all patriotic Americans deserve the right to serve their country. Use the following (or similar) message when you call:

Hello, my name is ______. As a proud member of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) and as an active constituent in your district, I would like to take the opportunity to express my support of the Military Readiness Enhancement Act and ask that your boss pass this legislation without delay. The bill would repeal the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law, and it would implement a standard non-discrimination policy that would allow all qualified, patriotic Americans to proudly serve their country, freely and openly.

It is unconscionable that lesbian, gay and bisexual service members can STILL be discharged for their real or perceived sexual orientation. Since "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" was enacted, nearly 13,000 service members have been discharged, costing the federal government $555 million to reinforce bigotry and discrimination. In fact, it is the only federal law on the books that endorses employment discrimination. While this practice is unfortunately legal, we all know it is wrong. Please help by supporting legislation to overturn this unjust law.

Thank you for your time.

Share this Alert. Please forward this alert to other veterans and their families, so we can grow the number of powerful voices we have lobbying and calling Congress on May 11th.

Thank you for moving equality forward!

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