However, I'd like to take this opportunity to extend a very special thank you to a select group of soldiers, past and present.
To all the gay and lesbian soldiers who serve with distinction while being forced by an outdated and unjust law to hide who they are, who have no choice but to lie or simply remain quiet when the other soldiers in their units bond over their love lives and family lives back home, and who live in fear not of enemy fire but of being discovered, reported and summarily discharged, I say a special thank you.
To all the gay and lesbian soldiers who have been discharged not for dereliction of duty, or going AWOL, or disobeying direct orders, or stealing, or being total fucking psychos who rape or kill civilians for sport, but simply because of who they are and who the consenting adults they love are, I say a special thank you.
This Veteran's Day, let's all remember all the sacrifices made by our current and former armed forces, including the kind of personal sacrifice that is demanded only from a small portion of the troops. Gay and lesbian soldiers risk their lives for us every day, they fight to keep us safe and free just as much as their straight counterparts do. To ask these brave and patriotic men and women to hide who they are under penalty of punishment is shameful.