Seefried said now he believes he can finally live up to the ideals that first inspired him to serve his country.
"It was everything I wanted to do," he said of entering the Air Force Academy. "It was a dream come true. There is just no other way to say it."
But by his sophomore year in the academy, he was just coming to terms with his homosexuality.
"It was constant fear and not knowing if I was going to be able to stay in the Air Force if this was discovered," said Seefried, now a financial services officer at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey.
"You know I always thought I'd grow out of it or it was something that would go away eventually.
"I get to be truthful about everything," he said. "I get to restore the integrity I once thought I had in the military. That conflict is now gone."
John Ferrugia is an investigative reporter for ABC News' Denver affiliate KMGH-TV.
Josh Seefried's book, "Our Time: Breaking the Silence of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,'" can be purchased here.