A former Air Force airman who was discharged under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell has reached a settlement in his lawsuit against the Defense Department.
Mike Almy, a decorated Air Force major who served in Iraq, was discharged in 2006 after his commanding officer was made aware of the fact that Almy was gay.
Joining the ROTC in 1988, Almy graduated in the top 10% of all graduates nationwide and went on active duty with the Air Force in 1993 (just as DADT was being codified).
His prestigious career included Almy being named officer of the year for his unit and being selected as just one of six officers chosen to attend Professional Military Education at Quantico. Almy was deployed to the Middle East four times, and led a team of nearly 200 airmen to control the airspace over Iraq.
But, for whatever reason, someone had it in for Mike: His private emails were searched, and messages to his then-boyfriend were forwarded to his commanding officer. In short order, he was relieved of his duties and security clearance, and after a 16-month investigation, was escorted off the base with half of his expected severance pay.
With the aid of OutServe-SLDN and attorneys at Morrison & Foerster, Almy was able to reach a settlement with the DoD that includes service credit and a cash payment, the details of which have been kept classified.
“I appreciate all of those who worked on my behalf to find a resolution and close this painful chapter in my life with a positive ending,” he said. “America has moved on from this discriminatory law, and it’s my hope that one day soon we will realize the vision of full equality in our military.”