She campaigned for removal of the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” rule in the American military. A psychiatric nurse at Truman Medical Center, she busted through an Army coverup about her son, who was killed by homophobic members of his unit. She investigated, filed a wrongful death suit, and testified before Congress. President Obama described her efforts as “pivotal” in changing the law.
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Emily Langer. “Patricia Kutteles, military mother who helped repeal ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ dies at 67.” Washington Post, 17 November 2016. Accessed 26 December 2021.