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Congressman Marty Meehan to receive honor for DADT repeal efforts

Congressman Marty Meehan (D-MA), sponsor of The Military Readiness Enhancement Act (H.R. 1059) — which would repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell –will receive the Barry Winchell Courage Award, named in honor of the slain Army Private murdered in July 1999 at Fort Campbell, Ky., on May 16.

The event will be held during Servicemembers Legal Defense Network‘s (SLDN) annual lobby days on The Hill. The award will be presented to Meehan by Winchell’s parents, Patricia and Wally Kutteles. From the SLDN release:

“Congressman Meehan has spearheaded efforts in Congress to topple ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ and we are honored to recognize him for his amazing work,” said Patricia Kutteles. “Service members continue to be harassed, threatened and intimidated every day under the military’s ban. By relegating our sons and daughters to second class citizenship, the armed forces send a dangerous message that such harassment is permissible. Congressman Meehan is working, every day, to end discrimination and exclusion in our military. Barry would be proud to know we are honoring the Congressman’s efforts with an award in his name.”

…“SLDN is proud to have Congressman Meehan as our leading ally in the House,” said SLDN executive director C. Dixon Osburn. “From his first day in office, Congressman Meehan has been a tireless advocate for our men and women in uniform. His efforts have resulted in the first Congressional proposal to allow lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans to serve openly. Mr. and Mrs. Kutteles have chosen a well-deserved recipient for this year’s ‘Barry Winchell Courage Award.’”

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