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Online bonus column / Joseph Rocha / 'Don't ask, don’t tell’ didn’t protect me

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Posted: Monday, October 12, 2009 8:00 am

I was 18 years old when I landed in the kingdom of Bahrain, off the coast of Saudi Arabia, in the winter of 2005. It was the first time I'd ever left the continental United States. My joints ached after more than 24 hours of travel, but I knew that a new life of service and adventure awaited me on the other side of that aircraft door.

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