Staff Sergeant Anthony Loverde was discharged from the military back in 2008 under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" but Servicemembers Legal Defense Network [SLDN] has announced that he will be reinstated in the U.S. Air Force and will return to active duty.
He is set to take his oath, again, in Sacramento in May 2012 and be assigned to the 19th Operations Squadron at Little Rock AFB in Arkansas. The reinstatement is set to make Loverde the second service member--and second SLDN client--reinstated to active duty following the repeal of DADT in September 2011.
Staff Sergeant Anthony Loverde: "I am honored and humbled to return to the service of my country and the job I love. I am grateful to my legal team and all of those in the armed forces who helped to facilitate this reinstatement. I am eager to take the oath and get to work."
Loverde's reinstatement is the result of a resolution on his behalf in the case, Almy v. U.S., filed in 2010, that challenged the constitutionality of the three plaintiffs who were discharged under DADT; the resolution seeks their reinstatement to active duty. A resolution was reached last December on behalf of Petty Officer 2nd Class Jase Daniels, who was reinstated in the U.S. Navy as a linguist, and the third resolution, on behalf former Air Force Major Mike Almy, is expected soon.
Anthony Loverde enlisted in the Air Force at age 20, rising to the rank of Staff Sergeant before he was discharged seven years later under DADT. He is an expert at calibrating weapons systems and had been in charge of cargo on more than sixty flights into Iraq. Following his discharge, he was hired immediately by a military contractor and sent to Iraq and Afghanistan, largely doing the same job he had done in the Air Force before his discharge.
The same job.
And now, he can go back to serving his country, as he should have been allowed to do all along.