I’m From St. Augustine Beach, FL.

by Nikki Vaughn

State Satellite overhead image from Google Earth 2022

On December 22, 2010, President Obama signed the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. The next day I brought a picture of my partner and I to work–I’m in the military–and placed it in my cabinet until I could have it on my desk just like everyone else. I didn’t have to wait long. On September 20, 2011, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was officially repealed, the same day as my partner’s birthday and was able to celebrate both with my partner at home. Once I got back to where I was stationed in Germany I grabbed a few of the guys I worked with and pulled out the picture I had of my partner and I and placed it on my desk with a huge smile on my face. It was one of the happiest days in my life. Even though my partner does not get the full benefits we deserve, you can say I am proud to serve my country.

I am also happy to say that I will be getting married to my partner of 5 and half years on April 1, 2012.

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