Once a Marine: A Memoir of Coming Out Under Fire
by Eric Alva (9781593501662)

Once a Marine: A Memoir of Coming Out Under Fire
Eric Alva
Release Date: 31 May 2010
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 300
Category: Military
Publisher: Alyson Books
ISBN: 9781593501662
ISBN-10: 1593501668

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 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 "Don't Ask, Don't 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 "Don't Ask, Don't 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 Campaign's fight to repeal the military's discriminatory LGBT policy. Among Alva's 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.

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