Donâ€™t Ask, Donâ€™t Tell
Since Donâ€™t Ask, Donâ€™t Tell was implemented in 1993; the military has discharged more than 10,000 Service Members. Countless others left to avoid persecution.
The Department of Defense (DOD) is the nationâ€™s largest employer and the only organization that enforces a policy of discrimination based on sexual orientation.
To date more than $285 million of taxpayersâ€™ money has been spent to replace those discharged.
When Air Force physician Monica Hillâ€™s partner of 14 years, Terry, was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, Monica requested a leave of absence to care for her. Sadly, two months later, Terry died on September 11, 2001. While still coping with the tragic loss of her partner, Monica was involuntarily discharged from the military because she had violated the militaryâ€™s â€œDonâ€™t Ask Donâ€™t Tellâ€ policy when she asked to be at her dying partnerâ€™s side.
Director: Louise Hogarth
Editor: Mike Murphy
DP: May Rigler
Servicemembers Legal Defense Network
Service members Legal Defense Network (SLDN) is a national, non-profit legal services, watchdog and policy organization dedicated to ending discrimination against and harassment of military personnel affected by â€œDonâ€™t Ask, Donâ€™t Tellâ€ and related forms of intolerance.