Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Another DADT Casualty To Be Reinstated

Staff Sergeant Anthony Loverde was discharged in 2008 under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) the discriminatory anti gay & lesbian law. He will be now be reinstated & return to active duty in the U.S. Air Force. This is the result of the lawsuit on his behalf by SLDN, (Servicemembers Legal Defense Network) & the law firm of Morrison & Foerster. He will take the oath in Sacramento next month in May & be assigned to the 19th Operations Squadron at Little Rock AFB in Arkansas. The reinstatement is set to make Loverde the second service member & second SLDN client to be reinstated to active duty following the repeal of DADT in September 2011. "I am honored & humbled to return to the service of my country & the job I love. I am grateful to my legal team & all of those in the armed forces who helped to facilitate this reinstatement. I am eager to take the oath & get to work," said Loverde. Anthony reinstatement is the result of a resolution on his behalf in the historic case, Almy v. U.S., filed in 2010 which challenges the constitutionality of the 3 plaintiffs discharged under DADT & seeks their reinstatement to active duty. A resolution was reached in December 2011 on behalf of Petty Officer 2nd Class Jase Daniels, who was reinstated in the U.S. Navy as a linguist. A resolution on behalf of the third plaintiff in the case former Air Force Major Mike Almy, is expected soon.
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