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LGBT Servicmembers Remembered At Arlington National Cemetary

Jim Burroway

October 10th, 2009

Robert Polzoni sent these photos on his Flicker stream.

Lt. Daniel Choi, front row center, at the start of the wreath-laying ceremony

Lt. Daniel Choi, front row center, at the start of the wreath-laying ceremony

Lt. Dan Choi and other former servicemembers today honored those who gave their lives for our nation with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery. Many of the former servicemembers have been dismissed from the military under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Choi was dismissed came out earlier this year, and he is in the process of being dismissed under President Obama’s watch. The ceremony at Arlington was among 50 events being held as part of Sunday’s National Equality March.

Lt. Choi hands the wreath to the honor guard.

Lt. Choi hands the wreath to the honor guard.

Wreath

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Richard W. Fitch
October 10th, 2009 | LINK

Please answer a ‘stupid question’. If Dan Choi was removed from the military, how is he still allowed to make public appearances in full military dress uniform? The policies are not clear to me.

don
October 11th, 2009 | LINK

Choi is still in the service, currently assigned to a National Guard unit in NYC. Final disposition of his case is still pending.

In general unless you are discharged with dishonor, you can wear your military uniform.

I believe that most service personnel discharged under DADT are discharged under honorable or less than honorable, but not dishonorable conditions, unless there are specific actions involved in their cases beyond just being gay.

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