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Gay military advocate reports for drill duty

NEW YORK (AP) — Lt. Dan Choi says he took time off from his busy schedule of gay rights work for infantry training with the Army National Guard.

In a phone interview Tuesday, Choi said he was scheduled to appear at a National Gay and Lesbian Task Force conference over the weekend, but decided to report for training with his Guard unit instead. He said the training at Fort Indiantown Gap near Harrisburg, Pa., was “therapeutic” and his fellow soldiers welcomed him.

A National Guard committee recommended in June that Choi be discharged under the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. He remains in the Guard while awaiting a final decision.

The Iraq veteran and West Point graduate says his commander has been very supportive and urged him to return to monthly drills.

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