WANE reported that the Fort Wayne VA Hospital, aka VA Northern Indiana Healthcare System, took down its military flags and flew an LGBT flag on June 12, 2018. What they were thinking is anyone’s guess, but the Army, Navy, Marine, Air Force, and Coast Guard Flags were removed, and the LGBT flag put up instead for that one day. June is “Pride” month.
Update: we received a message from an Uncle Sam’s follower who told us that 3 veterans took the Pride flag down about 2 hours after it was up and took it to the hospital to tell them they “found it.” No one they spoke with in the hospital agreed with the decision to put the pride flag up.
The service flags were back up by the end of the business day, but not by the hospital.
The Indychannel reported,
“At the end of the day, VA officials were going to lower the rainbow flag to put the military ones back up, but somebody beat them to it. In the early afternoon, somebody lowered the LGBT pride flag, then drove off with it.”
But word spread like wildfire about the flag, bringing comments and questions from hospital workers, residents and news media. It was a VA public affairs officer that decided to put up the flag, according to the Indychannel.
“Logistically, we could not add a flag without removing a flag from the poles outside our VA. Rather than single out one military branch’s flag to be temporarily replaced with the LGBT flag, we chose to remove all of them for one day in order to show our dedication to serving all Veterans equally.” VA Northern Indiana Healthcare System
The Hill reported that 2018 was the first year that the DoD didn’t put out a memo acknowledging Pride Month.
“The Department of Defense supports diversity of all kinds across our military and we encourage everyone to celebrate the diversity of our total force team. … We value all members of the DOD total force and recognize their immense contributions to the mission.” Air Force Maj. Carla Gleason in a statement.
And that’s the point: they are part of the total team. Not one member of the US Military served under the rainbow flag. They did not take an oath to the rainbow flag.
The LGBT members of our armed forces want to be treated “equally.” They want to be thought of as part of the military- but it appears that they also want to be set apart from their heterosexual counterparts. Is that really “equal?” By putting up that flag, it shows preferential treatment, not equality.
They’re either a Marine… or not. They’re either an Army Ranger… or not. It goes for any member in any branch of the US Military – they’re either part of it or they’re not. Killing the enemy, doing a ruck or packing a rifle is the same for all military members. They get injured and wounded the same as any other military service member. They bleed the same. If they want to be a part of the military, then they should be a part of the military and be honored as THAT. Equal means exactly the same as everyone else.