The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) announced today Staff Sergeant Anthony Loverde, who was discharged under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in 2008, will return be reinstated. Staff Sergeant Loverde will return to active duty in the U.S. Air Force and take the oath in Sacramento in May.
This makes Loverde only the second person, and second SLDN client, dismissed under DADT to return to active duty after the repeal. The first was Petty Officer 2nd Class Jase Daniels, who was reinstated as a linguist for the U.S. Navy.
Loverde joined the Air Force when he was 20 years old, and is an expert at calibrating weapons systems was in charge of cargo on more than 60 flights into Iraq. After being discharged, everything he learned wasn’t wasted. Loverde was immediately hired by a military contractor and was sent to Iraq and Afghanistan to do the same thing.
“I am honored and humbled to return to the service of my country and the job I love,” said Loverde. “I am grateful to my legal team and all of those in the armed forces who helped to facilitate this reinstatement. I am eager to take the oath and get to work.”
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