Thank you, Chris, for your continued excellent reporting on this while gay media organs have been rather late cathing up. However, as a reporter, PLEASE stop simply quoting—without quotation marks—the CLAIMS of SLDN about what they’ve done/are doing. To parahrase Mark Twain, word matters, so the difference between talking about lightning and lightning bugs is huge. I trust I’m not alone in my understand of the implications of the word “pressure.” So, to assert that SLDN has been “HAS BEEN PUSHING the Pentagon to extend available benefits SINCE August 2011” is to accept facts not in evidence. YES, they simply wrote him a pleasant, detailed letter that month—and another one in January of last year, in fact—but NOTHING in them could REMOTELY be defined as “pressure” which implies a negative consequence for the subject if he/she doesn’t comply with one’s request. The strongest expressions in either letter are “urge” and “we are troubled.” In short, I know it remains incomprehensible heresy to most to suggest that SLDN has devolved into something less than even a tiny paper tiger—wheb it NEVER was an organization with the clout, e.g., of the Jewish Anti-Defamation League or the ACLU—or the willingness to back up their demands with direct action such as ACT UP or GetEQUAL—or even a willingness to MAKE DEMANDS period. But the conclusion of an objective examination of the facts is indisputable—made worse by their recent entirely false claim that they haved “WORKED WITH Panetta and his deputies OVER THE TWO YEARS SINCE the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” on the benefits issue. The only thing worse than a lie is a sloppy one—Panetta hasn’t BEEN SecDef for two years. Only time will tell if he—or his replacement—makes acceptable changes. But SLDN doesn’t deserve credit for even anonymous Pentagon sources even suggesting he might. Thank you.