“As a retired Army officer, I’ve witnessed changes that I had never dared hope to see in my lifetime, let alone during my active service. Two specific changes were the end of the ban on homosexuals serving openly and the start of integration of women in combat units. In 2008, I wrote my Army War College paper “The Time is Now to Remove the Ban” which referred to Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. It was supporting this issue that initially drew me to Citizens Project when I retired. While the military has made progress, and continues to do so with diversity, there is still work to be done in the Pikes Peak Region. I wanted to be part of an organization that supported my core belief of treating all people with respect. Citizens Project does that and works diligently to support, educate, encourage and value all members of our community so they may thrive.” -Dana
More than 13,000 servicemembers were discharged under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Countless others have remained fearful and silent about their true identity. Citizens Project has been informing the community of the damage that such discriminatory practices cause and is an unrelenting proponent of equality.