Marine Sergeant Brian Eberly posted this picture on Reddit last week with the caption: ”Today’s my unofficial last day as a Marine. This is what my unit gave me to say goodbye.”
Brian, who was stationed in Albuquerque New Mexico, has completed eight years service, including a tour in Iraq, and is separating from the Marine Corps. He has another two weeks until his official EOS (end of service) date, but the Marines allow their members to use up any paid leave time before their separation. So before he left his unit for his last leave, Brian’s buddies surprised him with a custom made, hand stitched pride flag with the Marine Corps symbol, as their way of saying goodbye.
In response to questioning on Reddit, Brian had some interesting observations about being gay in the Marine Corps after the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell:
My unit has been completely supportive of my family. I was even heavily encouraged to bring my husband to last year’s birthday ball. I was thinking about doing it, was hesitant because the repeal had just happened, but my Marines all urged me to do it. It’s been a great experience. I feel very loved and supported.
Based on my observations of the Marine Corps, I can only say that the Corps is very much just a “print screen” of America. You have many Marines who are happy about repeal, many who are indifferent and there are of course many who still think it’s terrible and will destroy our Corps. To my knowledge, I haven’t heard of any violent reactions to the repeal.
I can tell you that we in the recruiting command make it a point to address the issue with enlisted applicants and officer candidates before they even go to basic training, and strongly urge that our personal feelings never get in the way of our mission: winning battles and taking care of each other.
Someone should let congress know it turned out alright.
Photo Brian Eberly’s Facebook
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