As a result of yesterday's blog post featuring Second Lieutenant Sandy Tsao and her handwritten letter from President Obama, media outlets and interested online users alike have taken notice and have begun including Sandy's story in the public debate over the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" military ban.
Thousands of people came here to read about Sandy's story, and online outlets like The Huffington Post featured links back to the post or included information about Sandy when discussing other cases of DADT.
We had also pitched the breaking news about President Obama's handwritten letter over to MSNBC producers at The Rachel Maddow Show. Producers immediately took interest and Rachel Maddow shared Sandy's incredible news as the lead story.
You can watch the piece below:
Rachel Maddow followed Sandy's story with that of First Lieutenant Dan Choi, who was discharged under Don't Ask, Don't Tell for coming out as gay on an earlier show. Choi is also the founder of Knights Out, an organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) US military academy alumni and their supporters.
Here is video from his previous appearance on The Rachel Maddow Show:
Please continue to check back as we continue to ensure fair, accurate and inclusive coverage on this issue. I will be working closely with Sandy, Dan and others in the immediate future to share their stories and show the public the emotional toll Don't Ask, Don't Tell has played on these soldiers' lives.