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Veterans Discharged Under ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Are Eligible for Full V.A. Benefits

Veterans who have been discharged from the navy below the “don’t ask, don’t tell” coverage could also be eligible for full advantages from the Department of Veterans Affairs below new steering issued on Monday.

The announcement comes on the tenth anniversary of the coverage’s repeal by President Barack Obama.

In a blog post on the V.A.’s website, Kayla Williams, the assistant secretary for public affairs within the V.A.’s Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs, stated that veterans who got apart from honorable discharges based mostly on gay conduct, gender id or H.I.V. standing “are considered veterans” who could also be eligible for all V.A. advantages. The “other than honorable” discharge blocked tens of hundreds of veterans from acquiring the total vary of providers and care.

“L.G.B.T.Q.+ veterans are not any less worthy of the care and services that all veterans earn through their service, and V.A. is committed to making sure that they have equal access to those services,” Ms. Williams, who’s a bisexual veteran, wrote.

Those affected by the coverage might now qualify for advantages together with assured dwelling loans, compensation and pension, well being care, housing help and burial advantages, barring any statutory or regulatory problem with their navy file.

“Although V.A. recognizes that the trauma caused by the military’s decades-long policy of discrimination against L.G.B.T.Q.+ people cannot be undone in a few short months, the Biden administration and Secretary McDonough are taking the steps necessary to begin addressing the pain that such policies have created,” Ms. Williams wrote, referring to the V.A. secretary, Denis R. McDonough.

“Don’t ask, don’t tell” was a coverage enacted in 1994, below President Bill Clinton, that barred brazenly homosexual, lesbian and bisexual people from serving within the navy. The V.A. reported that the coverage led to the discharge of an estimated 14,000 service members throughout the 17 years it was in impact.

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