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Once a Marine: A Memoir of Coming Out Under Fire Eric Alva

Once a Marine: A Memoir of Coming Out Under Fire

Eric Alva

Published August 1st 2010
ISBN : 9781593501662
Hardcover
300 pages
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 About the Book 

Only four hours into his tour, U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Eric Alva lost his leg to an explosive device buried in the sand. Upon his return to the United States, he was visited by then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, embraced by theMoreOnly four hours into his tour, U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Eric Alva lost his leg to an explosive device buried in the sand. Upon his return to the United States, he was visited by then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, embraced by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and invited to the White House by the president and first lady. He was praised on shows like Oprah, Good Morning America, and the CBS Early Show, and he was lauded by People, Parade, and Newsweek. An adoring public and a complimentary government knew he was a model soldier. No one knew he was gay.When Alva announced in 2007 that he had served in the military—and had been promoted, ornamented, and praised—as a gay man, he highlighted the ineffectiveness and mendacity of a Dont Ask, Dont Tell policy that renders such a patriot unfit for duty. He now is a spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBT civil rights organization in the country, leading the movement for the repeal of Dont Ask, Dont Tell, and for full inclusion of gay persons into the military. Once a Marine goes behind the scenes of his military battles—both on and off the battlefields.Eric Alva is the national spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaigns fight to repeal the militarys discriminatory LGBT policy. Among Alvas awards and recognitions for his service are the Heroes Among Us award from People and the Public Citizen Award from the National Association of Social Workers.