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Final Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell case is settled

Final Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell case is settled

Air Force Major Mike Almy has settled his Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell lawsuit against the US Defense Department.

He brought the suit because of his 2006 discharge. During a routine search of emails, notes to his then-boyfriend were found. The correspondence was shown to a commander. After being relieved of his duties, Almy lost security clearance and a part of his pay. There was a 16-month  investigation, and the 18 year career military man was discharged. His severance was half of what it would have been if he left the Air Force for other reasons.

"I appreciate all of those who worked on my behalf to find a resolution and close this painful chapter in my life with a positive ending. America has moved on from this discriminatory law, and it’s my hope that one day soon we will realize the vision of full equality in our military," said Almy.

This settlement is the last of three cases that were filed in 2010 under the name Almy v. US Defense Department. The cases were brought by OutServe-SLDN and the law firm Morrison & Foerster. OutServe is a non-profit advocacy organization that works with LGBT military members, veterans and their families.

‘Moving forward, I know Mike is looking forward to continuing his career in the private sector for a prominent defense contractor, where he continues to contribute to the security of this country,’ said Allyson Robinson, OutServe-SLDN’s executive director, in a statement.

In 1993, then President Bill Clinton made Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell  official military policy. The regulation barred discrimination of gay troops, but service members could not be out. If a soldier’s sexuality was discovered, no matter how, he was subject to discharge. Since its implementation, approximately 14,500 troops have been kicked out of the military due to DADT.

It was repealed by President Barack Obama in 2010 December.