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    Thursday, April 13, 2006

    Support Our Troops

    Read about what the US Air Force is doing to one of its decorated own, Major Margaret Witt and what's she doing about it:

    In her career of 18-plus years, the decorated operating room and flight nurse from McChord Air Force Base earned stellar reviews for her work, which included helping to evacuate the nation's wounded troops and humanitarian missions to aid civilians.

    Maj. Margaret Witt told a news conference Wednesday, "My objective is to go back to my unit and serve my country."
    In 2003, President Bush awarded her the Air Medal for her Middle East deployment and, later, the Air Force Commendation Medal, for saving the life of a Defense Department worker.

    Less than a year later, after an Air Force investigation, Witt, a reservist, was drummed out.

    Her offense: a committed relationship, but with another woman, a civilian, from 1997 to 2003.

    On Wednesday, Witt, 42, challenged her forced discharge in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Tacoma against Air Force officials and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. The lawsuit, filed with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, seeks to prevent Witt's discharge, citing her First and Fifth amendment protections of free speech and due process.

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