Survey #68 Petty Officer (e5) Brett Jones

The first openly gay navy seal Petty Officer (e5) Second Class, Brett Jones, poses nude in his Huntsville, Alabama living room. Now a security operative regularly touring the middle east, he was not separated under don’t ask don’t tell.  It was made impossible for him to continue as a navy seal. When the subordinate of his then partner reported a voice mail Jones had left with the simple and very normal ending “love you”. The navy saw this as “telling”, Jones felt the Navy had stripped him of everything hence the portrait. 

Survey # 73 Specialist (e4) Alejandro Valencia

 Survey # 73 Specialist (e4) Alejandro Valencia discusses his time in the military. Valencia came to the United States as an undocumented immigrant from Mexico. Prior to joining the armed forces he was incredibly poor, living in a 3 bedroom house with 23 other people prior to enlisting he had never been to a restaurant.