TV News LIES

Thursday, Dec 18th

Last update06:18:09 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sense to continue to penalize service members who were discharged under a discriminatory statute that has already been repealed.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...


U.S. Navy revokes Bill Cosby's honorary chief petty officer title

cosbyThe U.S. Navy has revoked Bill Cosby's title of honorary chief petty officer, citing allegations of...

Navy: Submarine women were secretly filmed in shower

navy secretly fimedSome of the first female sailors to serve on submarines in the U.S. Navy were secretly...

US Ambassador to Iraq: US forces assured immunity

Stuart JonesWashington has an agreement with Baghdad on privileges and immunities for the growing number of troops...

Former VA official: Burn pits could be the new Agent Orange

burn pitsAnthony Thornton has trouble speaking, can’t read anymore and has trouble keeping up with his 3-year-old...
 
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!