Monday, February 14, 2011
Problems for those discharged under DADT persist; SLDN holds annual dinner March 19
The gradual end of “don’t ask don’t tell” leaves many issues for soldiers already discharged under the policy, according to a story Monday morning Valentines Day in the Washington Post by Ed O’Keefe.
Soldiers still are haunted by SPN numbers and some still have discharges other than honorable. Some have difficulty finding employment as a result. Some have lost access to veteran’s preference or benefits, And a few are still pursued for recoupment of educational expenses. The story link is here.
SLDN (Service Members Legal Defense Network) does have its Annual Dinner this year, Saturday March 19 at the National Building Museum in Washington DC, near Judiciary Square and Union Station. The benefit is pricey: there are limited tickets for $250, and the standard individual ticket this year is $350. The watchdog work to be done remains as pressing as ever! But reasonably (by DC standards) priced hotel accommodations have been made available at the Donovan House nearby, for out of town visitors. The link is here.
Only a few years ago, the Annual Dinners were labeled as "end the witchhunts" and were held at various times, ranging from October to May, sometimes in the Woodley Park area.