Who'd have ever guessed the first American wounded was a gay Marine
Original post made by Guy, Bridle Creek, on Jul 28, 2009
Staff Sgt. Eric Alva was the first American to be wounded in war in Iraq. On March 21, 2003 Alva stepped on a landmine, sustaining heavy injuries to his leg. It couldn't be saved and was amputated. Alva was medically discharged and awarded a Purple Heart.
On February 28, 2007, Staff Sgt. Alva, Rep. Christopher Shays, R-4th District and Martin Meehan, D-Mass. and another 107 House members introduced legislation that would repeal the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy against gays in the military.
Eric Alva is a native of San Antonio, TX. He joined the marines at age 19 and was a member of the 3rd Battalion of the 7th Marines.