The repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" in September not only made it possible for active-duty servicemembers to stop hiding who they are in order to serve their country, it also opened the door for those who were kicked out under the policy to re-enlist.
Major Mike Almy was kicked out of the Air Force under DADT, even though he was asked, and he never told. Someone who read Major Almy's private emails turned him in, and those emails formed the basis of the Air Force's case against him.
Yesterday, as a veteran, Maj. Almy was invited to have breakfast at the White House with President Obama. From Metro Weekly:
"This is the first Veterans Day following repeal. The first Veterans Day where we can fully honor the service of all veterans and servicemembers, gay and straight alike," Almy says. "To be an official guest here at the White House for Veterans Day, I just thought was tremendous."
You can hear the rest of his amazing story about what happened that morning, as told by Major Almy himself.