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President Obama Ends Ban on Gays in the Military

On Friday, President Obama joined Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Adm. Mike Mullen in formally signing a document certifying that military readiness would not be hurt by allowing gays in the military. The notice will now be sent to Congress.

The action officially repeals the 17-year-old “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy enacted during the Clinton Administration and begins the 60-day waiting period that will lead to a full lift of the ban.

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Families of Military Suicide Victims Will Now Receive Presidential Condolences

Overturning a policy that has been in place for many years, the Obama administration announced Wednesday it will now send condolence letters to the families of service members who commit suicide.

"This issue is emotional, painful, and complicated," President Barack Obama said in a statement. "But these Americans served our nation bravely ... They didn't die because they were weak. And the fact that they didn't get the help they needed must change."

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GI Film Festival Celebrates U.S. Service Members [VIDEO]

The new documentary, 'Flat Daddy', focuses on the struggles military families go through while a parent is working overseas.

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Obama Ends “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Policy

Finally, the long political struggle over the military's controversial "don't ask, don't tell" policy came to a close on Wednesday.

President Obama signed the legislation that will bring an end of the ban on openly gay men and women serving in the armed forces.

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