If I could I’d like to give a shout out to all the gay military Vets, today on Veterans’ Day. They don’t often get a mention, but they sure deserve the thanks. For myself, I can’t help but remember all the young gay men I met and served with during my time in the U.S. Army. Most of all I remember my time being stationed in Germany during the late ’80s. Back then there wasn’t a “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy towards gays. If anything the policy was “Don’t Even Think About It.” I joined when I was 18 and surprisingly, it was during my time in the military that I came to accept my sexuality. Though it was a totally secret society, there was actually a very vibrant gay scene in the military back in the day. I remember two gay clubs in particular. Both were in Frankfurt, the dance club was called “Construction 5” and the cafe was called something like “NYC Cafe” which I remember only because the decor was that of the Manhattan skyline. Both clubs were off-base and owned by German civilians. This was essential, because it stopped Military GI’s from patrolling the place to harass us like they could on base. The clientele was almost exclusively gay military service members, Army and Air Force with a few Germans sprinkled in for good measure. I can remember walking into those clubs like it was yesterday. I remember so many faces and friends from back then. So today I just want to remember them, and give thanks to all my fellow Vets both straight and gay for their service and sacrifice to our country.