Service members, veterans, and their family members are invited to submit narrative accounts of their experiences under the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy to be published early 2011. Deadline is December 31, 2010. Email submissions to HarperDrake at gmail dot com. No attachments. Include full name and contact information. Sources will be protected.

Under the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) policy, service members continue to serve as long as they never tell, and the service doesn’t ask about their sexual orientation. What about the serving member’s significant other, or children? How are they affected by this forced closet that must include the immediate and extended family? What a tenuous existence where everyone close to someone must keep that same secret. The service member volunteered, but did the family? The Department of Defense has numerous programs to support the family of a service member. For a service member subjected to DADT, the family is denied not only access, but acknowledgement. What is this like for the serving member in a combat zone? What is this like for the unknown and unidentified spouse at home? Tell your story.

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