Says a lot:
From: OSD Pentagon PA Mailbox Duty Officer Press Operations
Sent: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 11:03 AM
To: Breasseale, J Todd LTC USARMY OSD OSD (US)
Subject: FW: Email to Media Distros at 1130
Before I send this to the world as Duty Officer… I thought you should be the first to get the official note.
Congrats and Cheers.
(Jack) Wesley P. Miller IV, Lt Col, USAF
Defense Press Officer for Middle East Policy
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs
Todd is Todd Breasseale, the Pentagon’s spokesman, who is also gay (and a friend). The email was about the implementation of full spousal benefits for US servicemembers who are gay (including ten days of marriage leave). Todd wrote me this morning:
My husband and partner of 13 years – who has selflessly, quietly served our nation in silence, without so much as a thank-you from the military – is finally receiving both the recognition and the respect he earned so long ago.
I’m overwhelmed and am utterly proud. Of him. Of our nation’s military. Of America.