What ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ Means to This Gay Veteran - Janessa Goldbeck was an out, queer woman when she joined the Marines. Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was still in place, forcing her to hide her true self from others. After its official repeal, she was able to bring her authentic self to her service and help educate others about LGBTQ issues. She kept the DADT contract as a reminder that pushing for change goes hand in hand with being a patriot.
An LGBTQ Marine thrives after Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is repealed.
A Marine veteran keeps ticking against all odds, just like his watch.
A toy replica of a VW beetle reminds this Army veteran she can always getaway.
An Army lieutenant colonel struggles to make her textured hair conform to regulations.
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A stuffed bunny becomes a symbol of family and home for this Marine veteran.
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An Army officer reflects on her military career and learning to look beyond differences.
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A combat veteran fights to bring home a rescue puppy from Syria.
About American Veteran: Keep It Close
American Veteran: Keep it Close delves into the Veteran experience by exploring the significance of objects that veterans carried with them or brought back home from their service. Hosted by Shain Brenden, a former medic in the US Navy who served multiple tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan with the Marines, the series asks what these objects meant, and why they still matter today.
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