Union official says veteran groups need to be more inclusive of women, LGBT


The Hill 
by Tess Bonn
January 28, 2019

 

An official from a veterans union group on Monday called the “don’t ask, don’t tell” (DADT) policy repealed in 2011 “barbaric,” and said that veteran groups need to “retool” their priorities to be more inclusive of LGBT and female veterans.

“When we went off to war in Iraq and Afghanistan, one nobody thought we were going to be there as long as we have been for sure but nobody really took a look at the changing demographics of the veterans community,” Will Attig, who is an executive director of the Union Veterans Council, told Hill.TV’s Buck Sexton and Jamal Simmons on “Rising.”

“We still had ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ which was a barbaric system that didn’t achieve anything,” Attig continued, referring to the law that prohibited LGBT Americans from openly serving in the military for decades. It was repealed in 2011 under the Obama administration.

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