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Lee’s Story: “I’m blessed that I got to return to uniform”


Two years after working to re-elect President Obama, Lee was in the room when “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was repealed.

“That was the highlight of it all. I got to be a part of it. I served in the Navy from 1995 to 1999 without hiding my sexual orientation, and I never had any problems. After 9/11, I went on active duty in the Coast Guard and was discharged within 4 months. Afterwards, I got involved with veterans groups that were fighting 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.'”

Despite the hardship Lee faced, he re-enlisted in the military enthusiastically after the repeal of "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell":

“It taught me that we’re fighting for things in Ohio, we can’t get discouraged—it takes time. Nine years was a hell of a lot of time, but I’m blessed that I got to return to uniform. All the volunteer hours and signature collections were worth it.”

The repeal also reaffirmed his support of President Obama:

“He had the passion—you could tell in his heart that he was going to do everything he could to stick to his word, to change things. We have to realize how much President Obama has done for us. More than any other president in history. “

Now a community organizer in Columbus, Lee says he will do “whatever he can” to see President Obama re-elected in 2012.

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