Statement of Alexander Nicholson, Executive Director of Servicemembers United and a former Army Human Intelligence Collector who was discharged under 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' on today's House Armed Services Committee hearing on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal:
"The House Armed Services Committee hearing on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' repeal today is another blatant waste of resources. Troops are more worried about seeing that a government shutdown does not happen so that they can still get paid next week than they are about the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy coming to an end. This issue has been settled, the Department of Defense has embraced this change, and trying to re-open this debate is a waste of both taxpayer money and the valuable time of these senior defense leaders in the midst of multiple overseas conflicts. The Joint Staff has made it clear that prior predictions of doom and gloom following repeal were misguided and that their respective services are more than capable of handling this change in policy."