On March 21st, 2003,only three hours after the start of the ground war in Iraq, became the first American solider injured in the war. He was awarded a Purple Heart and received a medical discharge from the military.
Now Alva travels across the country, speaking out against the militaryâ€™s â€œDonâ€™t Ask, Donâ€™t Tellâ€ policy that bans gay and lesbian Americans from serving in the armed forces. He visited Quinnipiac University in Hamden earlier this week and spoke with WNPRâ€™s Diane Orson. She asked him to talk about the day he was wounded.