The Kansas Army National Guard has discharged a gay female veteran after it was found out she kissed another woman in a Wal-Mart store, reports the Kansas City Star.

Amy Brian is the first person to be discharged by the Kansas military unit under the military's “don't ask, don't tell” policy that bans gay and lesbian service members from revealing their sexual identity and which requires that they celibate.

Brian served nine years in the guard, including a deployment in Iraq. Her “separation” became effective Jan. 13.

The investigation that pushed Brian out of her job began after a female civilian co-worker told officials she saw her kiss another woman in a Wal-Mart checkout line.

The discharge has been difficult for Brian, who was forced to end her pursuit of a master's degree in business administration because she lost her educational assistance.

In October 2005, Brian returned from Iraq and to her full-time job at the U.S. Property and Fiscal Office warehouse in Topeka where she was eventually promoted to oversee a reorganization of the Kansas Army National Guard's government purchase card program.

The Army's investigation began in August when several anonymous emails tipped off investigators that she was a lesbian. The emails also talked about a social networking website that included her photo.

“Everyone I went with [to Iraq] knew I was gay, and no one had a problem with it,” she said. “It didn't make a difference when I went to Iraq. It didn't make a difference when I drove that truck. It didn't make a difference in my ability to serve my country.”

“I was not separated because of any type of misconduct but plain and simply because someone else had a problem with my sexuality.”