“‘You are not a homosexual,’ the psychiatrist told Jerry Rosanbalm confidently. ‘You’re neurotic.’
According to the doctor, whatever homosexual feelings the Army captain may have had were merely the aftereffects of the trauma he had suffered during the Tet offensive. With therapy, he would be cured.
With this pronouncement, the psychiatrist signed off on Jerry Rosanbalm’s last physical in the United States Army. It was a strange conclusion, Rosanbalm thought. His file was full of his open affirmations of his homosexuality, but he saw the military logic behind it. If homosexuals were security risks and bad soldiers, as the Army insisted, then a decorated war veteran who, by their own barrage of polygraph tests, was not a threat to national security could not be a homosexual. That ruling allowed Rosanbalm to retire like an ordinary wounded soldier at 50 percent disability.”
Conduct Unbecoming: Gays & Lesbians in the U.S. Military by Randy Shilts, page 119-120.