To All the Lesbian and Gay Veterans

You stand shoulder to shoulder with your fellow soldiers defending this country unquestioningly and for that, I thank you, though thanks seems so insignificant.

I hope someday, though, that you can stand proudly for this country as who you are rather than hiding it from the ignorance that flows through the minds and hearts of the very people you defend.

Until that day, know that you are the true unsung heroes in my eyes.