Story from the Frontline of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell':
Former Cadet Sara Isaacson

As much as I longed to be an officer, I realized I was not willing to compromise my Integrity to do so.

Mr. President, I tell you this not looking for sympathy but rather to plead with you to do everything possible to end this arcane, discriminatory law. It hurts our military every day to force our men and women in uniform to lie or else face discharge.

You gave me hope that I might be able to serve honestly and openly in your State of the Union Address. If you repeal this law today, I’ll sign up to serve my country tomorrow.

Please do the right thing. Do not let any more service members be fired for being honest about who they are. Please work with Congress and the Pentagon to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” this year.

Mr. President, we can’t wait any longer.

Very Respectfully,

Former Cadet Sara Isaacson

United States Army


April 27 – Captain Joan Darrah
April 28 – LCpl Danny Hernandez
April 29 – An Active-Duty Military Chaplain
April 30 – Captain Rebecca H. Elliott
May 4 – Former Ssgt Anthony Loverde
May 5 – Former First Lieutenant Laura Slattery
May 6 – Former Staff Sergeant Anthony Moll
May 7 – Clifton Truman Daniel
May 10 – Former Sgt. Tracey L. Cooper-Harris
May 11 – Former Petty Officer 2nd Class, U. S. Navy Jason Knight
May 12 – Chief Hospital Corpsman Brian Humbles
May 13 – Former SSgt David Hall
May 14 – A Soldier Returning to Baghdad
May 17 – Former Sgt. Shonda Garrison
May 18 – A Mother in the Closet
May 19 – Former Sgt. Darren Manzella


  1. Bastian says

    Yeah, sorry. Not buying this one. You either got cold feet or you didn’t get your education delay for medical school.

  2. says

    As the clock ticks closer and closer to determining the fate of gay servicemembers for years to come, there is no lack of gratitude for the service and sacrifice of their authors to say that, by themselves, these appeals to conscience are like trying to kill an elephant with a flyswatter. And that elephant is the White House-Pentagon alliance to kill repeal with delay which member after member of Congress is hiding behind to avoid voting to end DADT.

    We have to do two more things, both speaking to how DADT hurts ALL Americans.

    First, rip the excuse of “just doing what the Pentagon wants” out of their cold, cowardly hands by PUBLICLY denouncing it as the Big Lie it is. The option of Repeal Now/Implement After the Study has ALWAYS been there, and they know it but the public doesn’t.

    Second, give Congress reasons just as big, reasons their constitutents will care about, TO vote now for repeal.

    There are two, sometimes mentioned but never really “marketed” over 17 years of throwing spit wads at DADT. It is time that the same coalition that produced these letters promote these reasons that affect the entire nation in mainstream media press releases, press conferences, and advertising.

    1. DADT wastes taxpayer dollars which even if the US economy was still not like a huge, gaping wound would be inexcusable. Hundreds and hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars have been wasted on training gay servicemembers only to spend millions more on discharging them and recruiting and training their replacements. Members of Congress do NOT want their constituents told they are wasting tax dolllars.

    2. DADT weakens national security. The President has repeatedly said this himself. He has also said that such discharges hurt America most “when we are fighting two wars,” and that there is “an urgency” to ending them. Whether it’s a linguist who speaks the languages of terrorists, highly trained pilots, intelligence officers, medical and nursing personnel, or anyone with any “mission critical” skill, DADT effectively aids and abets our enemies. Voters need to know this.

    These moving letters demonstrate not just why DADT is wrong but why we cannot betray their authors with a weaker fight to defeat it than others are waging to defend it.

  3. says

    You’re not buying it? How the fuck do you know what goes on in her head? What basis do you have to doubt her?