Dear Sen. Mark Kirk:
My mother and stepfather were in the military during my formative years. We've always been patriots, and we understand the sacrifices servicemen and -women make to keep our country and our world safe. My parents support the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and so do I.
The US Armed Services is an institution which values integrity intensely. It is counterproductive to ask our soldiers to lie about their private lives when they are supposed to serve as examples of that same integrity. It is even more counterproductive to ban qualified individuals from serving because they are homosexuals. We need the best soldiers willing to serve and it is disheartening to think that we deny those qualified individuals merely because they think individuals of the same sex are cute.
I hope you will have a change of heart and choose to take a stand on this issue. It's time the US Army got out of our soldiers' bedrooms and back onto the battlefield.
Jennifer Cary Diers