Lee Reinhart, a former Coast Guard and Navy man, is returning to the military now that “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” has been scrapped, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Reinhart, 38, served four years in the Navy without incident. But months after joining the Coast Guard in 2002 he was discharged under the policy that banned gay and bisexual troops from serving openly after he refused to deny rumors that he was gay.

He went on to fight for repeal of the law which over its 18-year life claimed the military careers of more than 14,000 service members.

On Monday morning, Reinhart will enlist in the Navy Reserve. Illinois Rep. Mike Quigley, a strong gay rights ally, will administer the oath to Reinhart during a ceremony at the Center on Halsted, Chicago's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community center.

Reinhart said he was motivated to re-enlist by the “desire to be able to give back to my country and serve my country, and the honor and pride that comes with that.”