A new era has just begun for the U.S. military. Days before Christmas, President Obama put an end to the 17-year-old "don't ask, don't tell" policy that forced gays and lesbians to hide their sexual orientation or face dismissal. While the move is being celebrated by many, there are those who know all too well though that it cannot erase the damage that has already been done.
Here in this country, gays and lesbians have been serving openly in the military for close to 20 years, but prior to that being gay was enough to get a solider kicked out of the Canadian military. Darl Wood was a member of the Canadian forces in the 1970's. A lesbian, Wood had her life turned upside down by a military that had no room for her. And 30 years later she says she still feels the trauma of that experience today.
The CBC's Stephen Puddicombe first talked to Anna Maria Tremonti about her story in November.