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Welcome to our microphone staff sergeant Anthony in the -- Anthony -- the airports and -- when he wrote the -- of staff sergeant.
And there was discharged seven years later under the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy sergeant thank you so much but on the -- -- appreciate it very much.
Tell me what happened that led to your discharge -- -- you reveal at that time but here again.
Well I just got back.
From a deployment in Iraq genocide during that -- -- my second deployment air force and I.
I realized that the couple what was keeping me from being to be honest my crew and -- and I started to witness some hesitancy on the crew members are not fully trusting me there there -- some.
But it is the great -- they're great people that are friends even to this day but it definitely was this question mark they got over my head but what what in my hiding.
And on that may explore.
Difficult situations to I I felt was actually -- during the -- and so.
If people -- talking about wives and girlfriends and you were prevented from being able to do that.
Exactly exactly and and that you know I think there was so there's so much I -- I can hide and say you know not a great liars so appreciated.
Is evident that there is -- something I was.
Just not -- to themselves.
I decided yet there might that play that bad but -- -- you just can't I cannot you know I can keep -- of these missions and this to be in the town apartment under the law.
And they're the trust issue to cannot be -- trust this year.
Q well did you know that by revealing this you could easily have lost which you did lose your job.
Yes definitely negative consequences it really really difficult decision I I'll bet you it would come outlaws deployed because that would at.
-- really hurt the mission of then they'd have to pull me out they got it -- replaced in Iraq.
That just -- you know we want to be movies are cargo and our people for several weeks -- that as we dealt with media issue.
So I had -- defense sucked it -- to get -- the deployment.
I need to go -- recommend or stop that certain out of itself that.
It was a good chance.
A very good chance that I can discharge.
I did ask him if there's any way.
I can say and that's really what -- -- It's about a point you know seven years under the -- and it just became too much for me that I content is just for me -- the right decision at that.
How long between near revelation and your discharge.
-- You know what I decided -- gonna come now it was.
It's at its mid deployments that this January I did it -- you know in April and -- I was discharged.
The end mid July.
I didn't take -- -- and so since then.
He reduced waiting for the opportunity to get back in.
Write what you know.
-- that she is two weeks after my discharge the part defense part -- -- the defense contractor I went to Iraq during the same dollars.
That the hour a day YouTube CB you went right back to -- -- you -- I had a similar job.
Only this time it's -- defense contract.
Right and -- -- and -- end that was interest rates being part of the mission still but it just wasn't.
That's fine -- it -- it's there's different priorities that the contractor where.
The mission doesn't necessarily always come first because it what comes first this.
Stability to the governments and the petty and what's actually in your contract.
Yeah there -- so there's and in the case -- meet vs US.
That the challenge the constitutionality.
Of three plaintiffs.
You being one of them under Don't Ask Don't Tell but that's not what got you back incorrect.
It's actually a big part.
Facility immediately -- and that who does that we.
We ended -- after the retail after the certification.
Our core Kate's -- basically our whole boat while would be -- -- normal for process to get back into.
The military however.
That's -- what we all agree all the parties agreed upon.
That the military was still kind of deal with the impact injuries are two which is that have success they've got back in the states.
They are dealing with that that -- reinstatement -- that's certain re entry in its development I can't speak for them on the upper big deal out there and by.
I put my observation that was a learning curve on how to actually -- what.
-- to the military -- doesn't have a process in place.
And it's not free entry three statements -- you don't lose rank.
So we go back to this saying we have the same not on the same -- -- -- outside the same position and that's where it gets a little bit more difficult too because.
With the re entry process the normal process they have in place.
They don't -- don't care what your background is in the job they're just looking up the jobs they have open and accurately if you called by did you train into that -- jobs.
And we were out to be trying to keep your job drafting powerful jobs -- And -- that that gets complicated when they're not really prepared.
-- so ultimately will this pave the way the for others who had been in your position to get their old jobs back as well.
You know setting up the experience.
With -- all the parties involved.
You know we can push for and I and I would actually by the human in my position -- contact at -- -- -- actually helped.
So answer alzheimer's legal defense network SL DN.
Yes I am and that they they've worked with the Pentagon with the recruiting services and beating us.
Through this this process and without that might instead I mean the recorders you great guy it -- Top professional but -- he just didn't have the answers in his supervisors and Abby answers town.
They let -- a year we've been working this process attempt to step towards September last year and we just thought that's result of the month.
-- -- -- -- I would take my.
These next month and I have to report to Judy in Little Rock, Arkansas by June fixed.
Any trepidation about how you gonna be treated.
No not at all in a few months but actually came out and with -- -- in 2008 everyone that I worked with.
Pretty much rallied behind me.
-- you know recommendation letter to keep media and from that hole.
Tying him and -- now we stay in touch.
It's it's you know I'm actually going to there's.
There's at least six members -- flu have been certainly in action there Arkansas now and they're all excited for me to come back.
So I'm not going back -- Force you doesn't know me.
They will welcome you back we -- our staff sergeant Anthony.
Who's going back into the military now.
I I wonder if you're familiar with a story about these photos -- Los Angeles Times printed.
Of soldiers posing with corpses and body parts of people that they.
-- in war you if have you seen those photos and you know that's the incident I'm talking about.
I know the incidents.
-- seen some.
These seats today but I haven't seen the photos themselves.
I wonder what your reaction is to that the fact that soldiers do this.
But it's it's disappointing I mean it's it's really not a reflection of how we're trained in what it's expected from a firms are.
Respective military branches.
-- -- army and I know that's not something.
That cheese with that are trying to do or two you know and and it's an -- -- we've tied this visit view that this has happened before -- You know and there's several years of war that we've been -- And it's unfortunate it's still going -- and.
Do you think the Los Angeles Times made a mistake by publishing them does that put troops in danger.
When they've been this becomes public.
I think a lot of I think a lot of the media.
-- -- those images it's.
You know I think it's important for us as Americans to understand that the realities of war.
At the same time yes that's definitely.
It is it's -- It's getting create hostility towards our troops.
That's ever get.
And to the to -- -- punish them for doing that.
In my opinion -- -- they think they should be held accountable.
You know and I wonder -- the punishment should -- That yeah it's above my pay grade so I.
Read them in -- every area of expertise sergeant I appreciate you coming on the show good luck stay well stay healthy.
And and come back healthy you need to you know we'll be going we of -- Arlington.
Well Little -- demand you know most likely outside yes but not on the refresher training -- ensure that first chance they gave me -- -- over Afghanistan veterans that are actually over there as well so.
Sergeant thank you very much -- wish -- the very best.
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