The dad who brought up his son, Josh, gay and a former Marine, says he’s the one who made the decision to tell Josh about being gay.
He told Josh he would have to go back to his former unit and fight his way through the unit, he said, but he decided to wait to tell his kids the truth.
“It’s just the truth that’s so important to me,” said Josh Cheney, who has been in the Army for more than four years and has a 6-year-old son.
“I think the truth is, there’s nothing wrong with being gay.”
Cheney is a retired Marine Corps officer and former commander of a Joint Special Operations Task Force.
He said he was inspired by his son’s experiences in Afghanistan, where he was deployed as part of a coalition effort to train and equip Afghan forces.
“Josh, you are a man who has given your life for your country and for your family, and you’ve been there a long time,” Cheney said in a phone interview.
“You’ve given everything for your fellow man and that’s what makes you a hero, so it’s a blessing.”
Josh Cheneys son, Jacob, and his mother, Jennifer, attend the wedding of his gay ex-husband, Matthew Bessinger, and wife, Brittany, in St. Paul, Minn., last year.
Cheney also raised a gay brother.
“There’s something about Josh that I can’t understand,” said Jennifer Cheney.
“The more I look at him, I just think, ‘I know he’s gay.’
I think we’re just human beings, and I’m sure we’re not the only ones who have a story like that. “
But I also think that’s a good thing.
Cheney was stationed in Afghanistan with the 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment and later in Kuwait, where the war was raging, during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. “
When Josh came out to me, I was like, ‘Dad, you’re a hero.'”
Cheney was stationed in Afghanistan with the 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment and later in Kuwait, where the war was raging, during the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
Cheneys platoon was involved in operations to retake the city of Fallujah from the Islamic State group, which Cheney says he helped liberate in 2005.
Cheers for the soldier who made it through the combat and his own family were the reason Josh went to the Marine Corps.
The Marine Corps has a policy of not disclosing personnel sexual orientation, which is how Josh found out he was gay.
Cheery says his son was so proud to know that he was different from other men in his unit.
“He was so excited, so excited that Josh was going to be able to say that to his mom,” Cheery said.
“That’s how proud he was.
I don’t know how he could be happier.”
Cheery’s son is now 18 and his mom is now 62.
Josh Cherey is a Marine Corps veteran.
(AP) Cheery now serves as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army Special Operations Command.
Josh is stationed in the 2d Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
He says he has also been a Marine in the Navy.
Cheeses son, Zachary, is the son of the late former U.N. Ambassador John Cheesing.
He and his brother, Michael, were part of the team that captured a notorious Islamic State operative, Abu Sayyaf, in 2014.
Zachary says his father has been a good soldier and that his own service in Afghanistan helped him learn how to be a good dad.
“My dad has always been the type of person who doesn’t just want to go out and play, he’s got a strong sense of family and family values,” Zachary Cheney told The Associated Press.
“And I’ve never seen him lose that.”