'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' vote emotional for former drill instructorPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- Nearly 14,000 troops have been discharged under the controversial "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy that has governed the military's policy on gays for nearly 20 years.
The Senate voted Saturday to overturn that ban.
Tyler Balwin talked to a former Coast Guard drill sergeant who was forced to take an early discharge because of the policy.
Today's vote had Allen Howard in tears.
With the legislation headed to the president's desk, Howard, who spent seven years in the Coast Guard and was on track to become an officer, said he will re-enlist as soon as he can.
Repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" means the U.S. will join a long list of countries that already allow openly gay men and women to serve in the military.