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Notes from a gay soldier
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Editor's Note:

The following are the thoughts of a gay soldier - a North Carolina native - who has been deployed to Iraq. Because of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, he must remain anonymous.
As most of you read this story, I've left Charlotte for what eventually will be a year and a half in Iraq.

I know a lot of you don't know what a soldier goes through during this time. Most of us get notified about deployment sometimes days, but usually a month or two before we leave. My notification was much shorter because my specialization was selected to help a unit that was short on personnel.

Most soldiers get the opportunity to have their families be a part of their deployment and the activities that are associated with their unit leaving. I'm not sure I will be able to share other than a night with my partner before I leave because we can't come home once we report in.
But that's not all I'll be missing. Married soldiers get medical and financial benefits for their families.

We won't get that. I'm hoping in the future that the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy goes away. I'm hoping there will be benefits for people, like my partner, while their significant others are deployed.

Over the next 30 to 45 days I'm going to go through some pretty extensive training to prepare for my role as a soldier in Iraq. I plan on writing and keeping you all updated on what's going on - not from a left- or right-wing slant, but with a factual account of what a gay soldier experiences in this unique situation. Take care. God Bless. Signing out for now, and missing you all.


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