Ken

If there is one thing that we have learned over the last several weeks, it is that our world has changed forever.

Indiana.

Arkansas.

OK to pass laws quietly in the night and discriminate against an entire class of people (the LGBT community)?

No.

No more.

The voters? They used to say ‘sure’.

Now they say ‘no’.

Big business? Never cared…Now they say ‘no’.

Dear God, Wal-Mart said ‘no’! The Wal-Mart CEO stated that the proposed legislation “did not reflect the values we proudly uphold.”

Despite feverish attempts by those with extreme views, the ‘silent majority’ has spoken.

And the message of the majority is clear- We embrace the greatest and the least, the strongest and the weak.

Black, white, old, young, rich, poor, straight, gay, cancer ridden, HIV positive.

We accept them…

And we take care of them.

Except for one place….

The military.

HIV- a death sentence. So say the military prosecutors.

Really? 

Basketball star Magic Johnson declared his HIV status to the world in  1991. We still see him on TV every night-robust, healthy, loved!

Obviously, in today’s world,  HIV is a manageable, chronic illness.

So what do the highest levels of government say?

Bill Clinton-1998

“AIDS is no longer a death sentence for those who can get the medicines.”

President George W. Bush classified HIV as a “chronic, manageable disease.”

HIV is classified as a chronic, manageable illness in ALL manners of law, regulations, and documents, including the National HIV AIDS strategy.

Yet, despite a CLEAR and well defined system wide government position, the Department of Defense and the Uniform Code of Military Justice have adopted a rogue status, telling anyone and everyone that we will address the HIV issue in OUR OWN WAY.

So what does this mean?

Let’s put a face on the issue…

Colonel Kenneth Pinkela, 28 years of service, shot in the FACE in the Gulf War, a year in the hospital…

HIV positive…

What was his reward?

A year in prison for a non-existent crime.

His record EXPUNGED! He did not EXIST!

Recalling….

Wal-Mart CEO  LGBT discrimination quote…

the military justice system, in the case of Kenneth and so many others “d(oes) not reflect the values we proudly uphold.”

To the military…

we await your reply.

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