This episode is all about a different kind of love story that you may not hear as much about in the military community. Since "Don't Ask Don't Tell" has been repealed, lesbian and gay couples are able to live their lives without fear. But what was it like before that? And what is it like now? I talk to one half of a military couple (Ashley) about their love story and the unique point of view of many LGBTQ military families.
Ashley Broadway-Mack is the President and founding board member of the American Military Partner Association (AMPA). It was through AMPA that Ashley found her new passion to assist other LGBT military families by working through the existing inequalities we face. Through her over 20 years as a military spouse, she is able to combine the traditions of the Army, while moving towards its vision of tomorrow. She is honored to serve as the President of AMPA where she leads the organization in a strategic mission of education, advocacy, and support for our modern military families. Ashley was recently awarded the Secretary of the Army Public Service Award by the Honorable Eric K. Fanning and has received the Commander’s Award for Public Service by Lieutenant General Darrell Williams. Before co-founding AMPA, Ashley taught elementary school for 13 years, specializing in dyslexia, English as a Second Language, and children with reading difficulties. She currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia with her spouse Heather and their children, Carson and Carley.
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