Air Force Lesbian Who Won Reinstatement Retiring - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Air Force Lesbian Who Won Reinstatement Retiring

SEATTLE (AP) - The Air Force Reserve flight nurse who sued to overturn her dismissal under the don't ask don't tell policy is retiring with full benefits rather than resuming service.

Maj. Margaret Witt's decision was announced Tuesday at an American Civil Liberties Union news conference in Seattle.

A federal judge ruled last fall that Witt's dismissal violated her constitutional rights. The judge ordered that she be reinstated. Her lawyers and the government spent several months negotiating her reinstatement before finally reaching an agreement to let her retire. Her discharge will be erased from her records.

Witt was dismissed in 2006 after serving 18 years. She now works as a rehabilitation coordinator at the VA hospital in Spokane.
      

      
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