Honored 4 LGBT veterans at our third annual LGBT Veterans Recognition Ceremony, now the Donald R. Hallman LGBT Veterans Recognition Award. Celebrated our first year of hosting the Recognition Ceremony at Veterans Affairs!
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In January, 82-year-old veteran, Don Hallman finally received his honorable discharge from the US Army after he was “undesirably” discharged in 1955 for suspicion of being a “homosexual”. Through our “Stonewall Columbus LGBT Veterans Discharge Review” Program and with the help of Senator Sherrod Brown, Private Donald Hallman of the US Army finally received the honor and dignity that had been so unfairly taken from him so long ago. Mr. Hallman passed in June of 2016, just five months after he received his discharge upgrade but did have a military flag-folding ceremony at his memorial as well as the playing of taps. Donald Hallman was memorialized as the brave soldier he was. It was our honor and privilege to assist Mr. Hallman and ALL of our veterans in regaining the honor that was taken from them. Lori Gum, Program Coordinator, stands with Donald Hallman (bottom)
The Stonewall Columbus Queer Ghosthunters turned 1 year old and filmmaker Stu Maddux created a web series based on the group’s adventures. Learn more about the group on Facebook.