Eric Alva was the first Marine to be seriously injured in the war in Iraq. Eric was awarded the Purple Heart. He was a guest on "Oprah".
Oh Yeah, he came out as gay last week in Washington D.C. and called for the "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays in the military to be abandoned.
Although I'm no longer wearing the uniform of the U.S. Marine Corps, my mission continues to be protecting the rights and freedoms of all Americans. I have realized that I have an obligation to myself, my partner Darrell and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans across the country to stand up and speak out for our deserved rights.