Katherine A. Miller is leaving West Point to attend Yale University because of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, a discriminatory policy affecting LGBT people. "I can't be closeted anymore. I need to be open with myself and open with others about who I am."

Under Don't Ask, Don't Tell LGBT military service members have to hide their true identities in order to remain in the military.

Since 1994, over 13,500 service members have been discharged under DADT due to their sexual orientation. We can no longer afford to lose some of our most talented soldiers discriminatory policy. It hurts military readiness... it hurts unit cohesion... and, it is antithetical to American values.

A soldier's sexual orientation should never outweigh his or her record and performance. Congress must now act swiftly to repeal this shameful policy.

The segment of photos labeled LGBT Veterans was provided by Joann Santangelo. You can find her work and support her efforts to photograph LGBT veterans at joannsantangelo.com.

Video edited by Alberto Morales

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