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"I just watched the video clip my mom sent. I am so moved by your courage, activism, and open-heartedness. Though it was only a six-minute clip, I am getting a strong feeling that the work you are doing will be embraced and supported and you will touch, transform, and heal so many lives from this body of work. You are a true warrior. A warrior who is fierce, loving, gentle, determined, kind, strong, nonviolent, and a protector and supporter of his people! Thank you for the work you are doing in the world!" - Jerilyn Brownstein
"There have been a few steps forward. I know of some blind people and people with other disabilities who have been allowed to work out the rest of their military careers if they could do their jobs after being disabled. This is a solid step forward because when I went to work as a Federal employee, working for the Navy, they immediately cleared out and retired any person who became disabled in any meaningful way. Of course, I thought that was an idiotic waste of talent and training and told the military so for the full time of my career. (I retired in 2006 as a GS-12 computer specialist.) Now, as to your thoughts about them actually hiring disabled people, I’m in favor of that. Why? Because there are tons of former military people who never came anywhere close to combat and who worked in jobs that could have easily been performed by disabled people. (supply, computer, personnel, and others) There has to be some change in structure and thought but it should be done. In my case, for instance, had the military taken me on in my 20s, I would have had a dual-career skill set (counseling and personnel along with computer science) that they could use. Now, I ultimately went into Federal employment working in a Navy aircraft facility and although it was in many ways a hard stretch for them :-), they survived it and I did OK as well. And yes, during my multi-faceted career, I used both of my career skill sets. I ended up as a project lead with a good grade and high security clearance. Having been retired now for 9 years, I’m not as close as I used to be, but I do believe that my years of exposure and work with a lot of Navy people did help a bit. Hope your project goes well." - Paul Kurtz
"This program makes a lot of sense. There are many positions in the military that can be filled by disabled persons. By making that possible, there would be great benefit to many disabled persons and to our country." - Charles B. Nam
"I truly believe that this project is original and Marty is totally capable of completing this project. He is widely respected and his passion for this issue will sustain him." - Mel Scott
"What a great cause! I look forward to seeing this film." - Debbi Adelman
"As someone who recently retired from a career in the disability community, I understand how important employment can be in supporting self-esteem, physical and mental health, and living a fulfilling life. Why should we withhold these benefits from those who became disabled by serving their country, and from others with disabilities who want to do so? "Why Can't We Serve" needs to be filmed. Let's make it happen!" - Jeff Saulich
"This is an idea whose time has come! I support it with all my heart and soul!" - Lucy Torres