Ed Team

The Most Difficult Decision

Filed By Ed Team | October 13, 2009 7:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: Don't Ask Don't Tell, joseph rocha

"I left Bahrain as a petty officer 3rd class and completed a six-week officer candidate boot camp. My commanders told me they wanted me to have a leadership role at the school. But after more than two years of abuse, the suicide of a fine sailor and the Navy's unwillingness to punish the top leadership in my unit, I was mentally and emotionally depleted. I refused to be punished any longer for who I am, so I made the most difficult decision of my life."

--Joseph Rocha, who served in the U.S. Navy in Iraq, on his decision to resign from the military because he is gay

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