Veterans Day was special for LGBT veterans, the military has come a long way
LGBT veterans experienced Veterans Day differently this year.
As has been widely reported, “Navy launches ship named after gay rights leader Harvey Milk” (military.com, November 7). Milk was removed from office under the military’s old anti-gay policy as a junior lieutenant and was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
Today, Columbus VA Medical Center has an LGBT Care Coordinator, and “[t]Here is an LGBTQ + (LGBTQ + VCC) Veterans Care Coordinator in each facility. (Patientcare.va.gov).
Things are very different for LGBT members of the US Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy since President Obama and a Democratic Congress changed anti-gay policy in 2010.
In 1987, a board of directors ruled in my case under the old policy and placed two entries in my DD 214 (clearance certificate) form: “REASON FOR SEPARATION: ENGAGED IN HOMOSEXUAL ACT (S) (S) ”and“ CHARACTERIZATION OF SERVICE: HONORABLE. ”
The acts ? Go out with a good friend from work and lose a personal letter. They recognized that gay men could and have served our country and its armed forces honorably and well; out of prejudice, they just didn’t want us to do it.
Joseph Eric Peters, Columbus
Set the record straight on the definition of “occupational hygienist”
I am responding to the letter of November 7 “Is the ‘board’ the most qualified representative? The author seems to have the impression that an industrial hygienist is a janitor or guard.
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Industrial hygiene concerns the measurement and control of risks in the workplace. It can be a lot more complicated than that, but that’s basically what the job involves. One facet of this work includes “personal protective equipment” including various masks. I am not commenting on the merits of the lawsuit, I only wish to correct the misunderstanding that may arise from Mr. McKeever’s letter.
John Mac Crawford, Columbus
Stivers and Tiberi reneged on their oaths, make them pay for a special election
I wonder about Steve Stivers and also about Pat Tiberi’s previous outing just a few months before their tenure ended.
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These guys ran for office and took an oath to represent their constituents for a term. Then they apparently found a job more to their liking and probably more lucrative as well.
First of all, they reneged on their oath – is it legal? It would appear that only catastrophic illness or death would allow leaving office before the end of the term. Doesn’t their oath to serve a mandate need to be honored?
How much does it cost the taxpayer to have to pay for a special election in these cases? And with what taxpayer-funded benefits are these dropouts going?
It would seem that the right thing to do is to make these politicians pay for the special elections out of their own pockets. In addition, they should forgo any benefits paid by taxpayers, such as pension insurance and / or health insurance that accompanies elected officials.
Margrit Ballard, Columbus