Congratulations! Now Here’s Your Discharge.
I served with two lesbian Marines in Iraq on my second tour. They served admirably and without any indication of their sexual orientation.
They helped our unit triage and evacuate my fellow Marines in a small arms attack just south of Fallujah in the Zaidan province. It was only after we had returned to Camp Lejeune that we found out they were lesbians.
It didn’t take long before the chain of command found out and less than a year later they were discharged simply for the fact of their sexual orientation.
I’ve met many Marines on deployments and, now that I’m in school, many former Marines. Very few of them can I say I trust my life with when the shit hits the fan.
Those two Marines performed as well as any infantry Marine and I would have no greater honor than to serve overseas with them again.
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