Good news for DADT-era discharged servicemembers

DADT discharge protester with signBY STEVE WILLIAMS

The Pentagon has agreed to give lesbian and gay servicemembers discharged under the now retired “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” rule the full severance pay they had previously been denied.

This comes as a result of a settlement, announced Monday, in a case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of New Mexico. The policy to deny DADT discharged soldiers the pay given to other veterans was not repealed when DADT was retired in September 2010, meaning that many veterans were still denied the full benefits they had earned.


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