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Wounded Marine Veteran Challenges "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
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Marine Staff Sergeant Eric Alva: Courtesy of The Human Rights Campaign.Marine Staff Sergeant Eric Alva: Courtesy of The Human Rights Campaign.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 military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” 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 WNPR’s Diane Orson. She asked him to talk about the day he was wounded.