TV News LIES

Thursday, Apr 24th

Last update02:25:33 AM GMT

You are here News Military Servicemembers Kicked Out Under Military's Gay Ban Since '04 To Receive Full Separation Pay

Servicemembers Kicked Out Under Military's Gay Ban Since '04 To Receive Full Separation Pay

E-mail Print PDF

LGBT vets get full payPeople discharged from the military under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" since November 10, 2004 who had only received one-half separation pay following their discharge but who otherwise would have received full pay now will be entitled to that full separation pay, according to the terms of a settlement agreement reached Monday between the American Civil Liberties Union and the federal government.

"It makes no sense to continue to penalize service members who were discharged under a discriminatory statute that has already been repealed. The amount of the pay owed to these veterans is small by military standards, but is hugely significant in acknowledging their service to their country," said Joshua Block, staff attorney for the ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Project, in a statement.

Richard Collins, a former staff sergeant in the Air Force who served for nine years before being discharged under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," was the lead plaintiff in the case, which was brought as a class-action lawsuit — entitling all members of the class to the same treatment.

"This means so much to those of us who dedicated ourselves to the military, only to be forced out against our will for being who we are. We gave all we had to our country, and just wanted the same dignity and respect for our service as any other veterans," Collins said.

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


US soldier accused of killing two teens in Iraq as military investigates

US soldier chargedThe two unarmed Iraqi brothers posed no threat as they herded cattle in a grove where...

Army’s Ban on Some Popular Hairstyles Raises Ire of Black Female Soldiers

Army ban on hairstylesWith time running out on a petition seeking a revision on Army regulations that ban certain...

Judge OKs Chelsea Manning name change request

Chelsea ManningA Kansas judge granted a request Wednesday to formally change the name of the soldier convicted...

U.S. special forces struggle with record suicides: admiral

US special forces suicides Suicides among U.S. special operations forces, including elite Navy SEALs and Army Rangers, are at record...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!