Veterans who have been discharged under the “don’t ask, don’t say” policy may be eligible for full benefit from the Department of Veterans Affairs under the new guidance issued on Monday.
This announcement marks the 10th anniversary of President Barack Obama’s policy abolition.
In a blog post on the Department of Veterans Affairs website, Keila Williams, Assistant Secretary of Public Relations for the Department of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs of the Department of Veterans Affairs, is a prestigious veteran based on homosexuality, gender identity, or HIV status. Veterans given other than “are considered veterans who may be eligible for all VA benefits.” “Non-honorable discharge” veterans have prevented tens of thousands of veterans from receiving all kinds of services and care.
“LGBTQ + veterans are not very valuable in the care and services that all veterans get through their services. VA is committed to providing equal access to these services,” said Bisexual. Written by Williams, a veteran of the.
Those affected by the policy may be eligible for benefits, including guaranteed mortgages, compensation and pensions, medical care, housing assistance and burial benefits, except for statutory or regulatory issues regarding military records.
“VA recognizes that the trauma caused by the military’s decades-long policy of discrimination against LGBTQ + people is irreversible in months, but the Biden administration and Secretary McDonough said so. We are taking the necessary steps to begin dealing with the pain created by these policies, “Williams wrote, referring to Veteran Secretary Dennis R. McDonough.
“Don’t ask, don’t say” was a policy enacted under President Bill Clinton in 1994 that openly prohibited gay, lesbian, and bisexual individuals from joining the army. The Department of Veterans Affairs reported that it led to the dismissal of an estimated 14,000 military personnel in the 17 years that the policy was implemented.