After a recent recommendation by a military administrative board to discharge Army First Lieutenant Dan Choi, a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and West Point Graduate, Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) first called upon the New York State Army National Guard to put a moratorium on the current “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy affecting the military.
Following that announcement, Ball worked together with bipartisan members of the State Assembly to draft and introduce a legislative resolution into the State Assembly. The resolution has since gained bipartisan support in the State Assembly.
“As an Academy grad and former Air Force Captain, I was honored to serve with the best and brightest of America. What folks need to realize is that some of the brightest and best in uniform are also homosexual. These folks serve honorably everyday, but are asked, forced really, to live a lie, and that reality in and of itself is a self inflicted security risk created by DADT. To kick brave men and women out of the military, patriotic folks willing to fight and die for our country, because of their sexual orientation, in an era when we need every serviceman and woman we can get, is foolish. The military is strong and resilient and can handle this change,” said Ball.
As the former ranking member of the Assembly Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Ball was instrumental in the enactment of many important pieces of veterans-specific laws and programs, including the creation of the Veterans Tuition Program and working with the State Division of Veterans Affairs to increase efforts to combat post traumatic stress syndrome and other mental health issues affecting veterans currently returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.