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Nation's only gay American Legion post, after fighting for its right to exist, pushes to end "don't ask, don't tell"
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I want it for every person who feels that they are gay, bi, transgender, whatever."

However, Forrett is confident the president will make good on his promise. He feels that the president is going about it the right way by waiting for the next Congress. "Come on, man, 2010 isn't that far," he said. "We've been suffering this long."

A NEW MISSION

When DADT is repealed, the post will work toward building a LGBT veterans' memorial honoring those brave gay soldiers who gave their lives protecting their country. "For those who were before us, for those who are with us, and those who will come," Forrett said. "That's kind of the concept. We want it to be an ongoing tribute."

In the meantime, the post continues to fight for veterans' rights as well as LGBT rights, even bringing care packages to the wounded soldiers at the Fort Miley V.A. Hospital. "When we go to the V.A. hospital we don't focus on LGBT, we focus on veterans," Forrett said.

And they'll continue working with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and marching in the Pride Parade because Forrett believes that everything the post does comes back to DADT. "It keeps us out in front of everybody and that's what's important."

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