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VFW ENDORSES SENATE HEARINGS ON HOMOSEXUALS IN THE MILITARY

 WASHINGTON, Jan. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Expressing support for public hearings by the Senate Armed Services Committee on President Clinton's proposal to lift the current ban on homosexuals serving in the Armed Forces, the Veterans of Foreign Wars' commander-in-chief, John M. Carney of Melbourne, Fla., in a letter to Sen. Sam Nunn (D-Ga.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said:
 "I am writing to express the support of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. for your position opposing the removal of the ban on homosexuals serving in the Armed Forces and for your decision to hold public hearings on this issue.
 "We believe the president's stated intention to lift the existing ban on homosexuals was made without due consideration for its impact in the Armed Forces and without proper consultation with military and Congressional leaders.
 "We support the current ban and we support your courageous decision to convene Senate hearings on this issues. The hearings will give the Service Chiefs and others the opportunity to describe the impact of the proposed policy change and to openly discuss their concerns before the Congress and the American people. Moreover, your decision will remind all that the Congress shares in the authority and formulation for such a major policy change affecting our Armed Forces.
 "Senator Nunn, you have our strong support on this issue and all your efforts directed toward maintaining a strong national defense."
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 /CONTACT: William G. Smith, director, public affairs, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 202-543-2239/


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