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My E-mail Letter to My Senators on the Repeal of DADT

(I live in Georgia and my two Senators, Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson have been two of the most steadfast bigots in the Senate since they got there.  It doesn't matter if 100% of Georgians supported the repeal of DADT and all the political and military reasons for supporting discrimination have been evaporated, they will still vote against repeal.  They are our version of John McCain, without the screaming and flip-flopping.  I still had to write to the, after calling their offices yesterday.)

Dear Senator ________,

I am writing to ask you to vote in favor of S4023, the bill to repeal the “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” law.  The survey the Pentagon recently did with our troops showed that they overwhelmingly support the repeal of DADT.  Study after study and survey after survey for the last 5 years show that the majority American people, including the majority of Georgians, are in favor of the repeal.  The Secretary of Defense and the most of the Generals and Admirals in the military support the repeal.  There is no more political or military reason to vote against the people who sent you to Washington to be their voice.  We are asking you to be our voice on this issue as well.

I am a Navy veteran and a constituent.  My grandfather was in the Navy and all of my uncles served in WWII.  My father was a veteran of three wars and three branches of the service.  My brother did 20 years in the Army and his son is currently in the Air Force.  They support the repeal.  My son did four years in the Marines and two tours in Iraq.  He also supports the repeal.  So, I am not writing to you just for myself, but for them and many others I know.

This is the time to vote with the American people and with Georgians to end the only legalized discrimination this country has voted for.  It may have made sense in 1993, but this is a new century, with new people in our military and a changed in attitudes toward this law.  We are asking you to vote in favor of S4023 and allow patriotic men and women to serve our country with the dignity and integrity we expect from our Americans in uniform,  Thank you.


Monica Helms

Marietta, GA

(I didn't mention about being trans or a lesbian on purpose.)