Lieutenant Dan Choi's National Guard unit has notified him by mail and phone he has been fully disachrged and is no longer serving as an American solider. According to Gay City News:
Choi lost his battle with the Pentagon on June 29 when his discharge from the Army under the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy was finalized. While Choi's National Guard unit informed him by registered mail and with phone messages, he has not disclosed the action. He did not respond to an email seeking comment.
Choi, an Arabic Linguist, Iraq Veteran, West Point Graduate, and Infantry Officer, has been an outspoken opponent of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, engaging in not only media and rally speeches, but also acts of civil disobedience and hunger strikes.
Choi was catapulted into the media spotlight when he came out on the The Rachel Maddow Show in March 2009. Choi then received a discharge letter following his public announcement that he was a gay soldier on Maddow's show. In response, Choi penned an open letter to U.S. President Barack Obama and the United States Congress telling his story and blasting the DADT policy.
In the letter, Choi challenged the morality and wisdom of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, writing that the policy is:
a slap in the face to me. It is a slap in the face to my soldiers, peers and leaders who have demonstrated that an infantry unit can be professional enough to accept diversity, to accept capable leaders, to accept skilled soldiers.
According to the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, Choi is among 59 gay Arabic linguists, along with 9 gay Farsi linguists, who have faced a discharge from the U.S. military from 2004 through 2009 under the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Policy.
Now that discharge is apparently final- he has received that slap in the face he wrote about. And one more soldier has fallen to a policy based on fear, bigotry, and discrimination.