I am a disabled Combat Veteran. I Served this Country for 10 years and went to Combat 3 times. I have a Meritorious Service Medal, 2 Army Commendation Medals, Army and Navy Achievement Medals, among many other Commendations and Awards. I also happen to be a transgender man. The only reason I left the Military was because I could not reconcile my sense of Integrity and Honor with the lies of omission and obfuscation I was forced to tell by the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy. Part of my PTSD is from years of trying to live a double life. Approximately 40% of the transgender community are Veterans. We've always Served and despite this abhorrent set back, we will continue to Serve because we Love Our Country and believe in the Values born in our Constitution. Please use your voices to speak for the People who cannot speak for themselves and work to ensure Equal Protection and Access for our Human and Civil Rights.