Iraq war veteran Jason Crow, a former Army Ranger, addresses the Democratic National Convention on Sept. 6 in Charlotte, N.C. (J. Scott Applewhite / AP)
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A former Army Ranger briefly had the attention of delegates to the Democratic National Convention on Thursday when he asked for service members and veterans to vote to re-elect President Obama.
Jason Crow, who served as an infantry platoon leader in Iraq and as executive officer of the U.S. Army Special Operations Task Force in Afghanistan, is a Colorado attorney and a grass roots organizer for Obama who praised the president for allowing gays to openly serve in the military and for support for veterans programs.
"All service members and veterans deserve four more years of a president who has their back," Crow said.
"President Obama knows that the military is the standard-bearer for American values. It was wrong that men and women I served with could be told they weren't good enough just because of their sexual orientation. Soldiers who I trusted with my life, and fought alongside with, could be discharged because of who they loved," Crow said.
"I am not a delegate. I am not a politician. I am a veteran," said Crow, who lives in Colorado with his wife and son. "Many of the men and women with whom I served never returned home. And others came home bearing visible and invisible scars of battle. When they and their families needed help, our commander-in-chief was there for them, from expanding veterans' benefits to strengthening the VA health system," he said.