SEATTLE -- Two women from Washington state were in Washington D.C. for President Obama's signing of a landmark law thatrepeals the military's don't ask, don't tell policy.

Air Force Major Margaret Witt and National Guard Retired ColonelGrethe Cammermeyer have fought very public battles against don't ask don't tell.

Witt,a flight nurse from Spokane, was discharged just short of retirementwhen the Air Force learned she had been in a relationship with a civilian woman. She sued, and in September U.S. District Judge Ronald Leighton in Tacoma found that her dismissal was unconstitutional because it advanced no legitimate military interest. He ordered that she be reinstated as soon as possible.

Cammermeyer was kicked out of the Army nearly two decades ago after saying she was a lesbian. She fought for reinstatement; her story even inspired a movie.

The state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, which represents Witt, says she flew to Washington, D.C., on Tuesday and will attend the ceremony on Wednesday.

Witt said she's excited to be there for all of those who can't be there. She expects to rejoin the Air Force Reserve early next year.

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