Gay Combat Vet Discharged in NY Signs Up for Army
Dan Choi speaks during "A Call To Action In D.C." rally at the Freedom Plaza on March 18, 2010 in Washington, DC.
Updated at 3:55 PM EDT on Thursday, Oct 21, 2010
A gay Iraq War veteran discharged from the New York Army National Guard has begun the process for enlisting in the U.S. Army following the suspension of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.
Dan Choi is a 29-year-old West Point graduate who was discharged from the military in July because he had gone public about his homosexuality.
He walked into a Times Square recruiting station on Tuesday afternoon to join the U.S. Marines Corp. But he says he was denied because he's too old.
So he decided to enlist in the army instead, and began the process. He plans to enter as a specialist.
Last week, a court struck down a law banning gays from serving openly. The Defense Department said it had suspended its policy banning gays.
Published at 6:36 PM EDT on Oct 19, 2010
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