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"According to unchallenged reports, the local police believed the attack to be a criminal assault, with no justification such as self-defense," Frank said his letter to Gen. Schoomaker. "Despite this, apparently at the request of the Army over which you preside, no charges were filed against the assailant and the consequence is that Private Lawson was doubly victimized, once by the assailant, and then by having to leave the Army in the absence of any action by those under your command to protect him."This is a very sad state of affairs. Our proud and honorable Army can no longer claim to be proud and honorable when soldiers start attacking their fellow soldiers. When friends tunr into foes and fellow soldiers become two opposing sides in a war, the Army has lost its honor. There is no honor in American Soldier-on-Soldier violence rooted in homophobia, bigotry and hate. That is un-American... hate and bigotry go against everything that makes America what it is. Even the basis of our project in Democracy - Life, Liberty and pursuit of Happiness - is undermined by hate and bigotry. I have said this many times, but "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" needs to go. Please, please, please call your Representatives in the House and Senate... tell them to support the Military Readiness Enhancement Act (for more information read Anonymous Soldier's post on MREA). Previous posts regarding PVT Kyle Lawson:
- Gay soldier to leave Army after being assaulted by 'fellow' soldiers
- Assaulted gay soldier exposes wrong of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
- Mother of slain soldier accuses military of ignoring gay attacks & homophobia
- Frank criticizes Army Chief over attack of gay soldier in Arizona