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[Video] Sec. of Defense Panetta recognizes Pride Month

Leon Panetta

The Department of Defense chief Leon Panetta thanked the many gay and lesbian servicemembers who currently serve in the United States military to commemorate June as National Pride Month this week.

Panetta's statement reflects on the military's implementation of the repeal of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” the law behind more than 13,000 discharges from service. DADT was officially overturned in the fall of 2011.

“After repeal, you can be proud to serve your country and be proud of who you are when in uniform,” Panetta said in a video released online.