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Chuck Hagel

Charles “Chuck” Hagel (b. Oct. 4, 1946) is a former U.S. Senator from Nebraska. A recipient of two Purple Hearts while an infantry squad leader in the Vietnam War, Hagel returned home to start careers in business and politics. A member of the Republican Party, Hagel was first elected to the Senate in 1996. He was reelected in 2002, and retired in 2008. On January 7, 2013, President Barack Obama nominated Hagel to serve as Defense Secretary in his second term. The nomination is considered controversial due to past comments Hagel made about Israel, Iran and Gays. [ Wikipedia → ]

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel: Military should review transgender ban

Sunday, May 11, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- The prohibition on transgender individuals serving in the U.S. military "continually should be reviewed," Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Sunday.

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Pentagon releases ‘human goals’ charter that excludes transgender civilian workers

Monday, April 28, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon on Monday released its Human Goals Charter, a document that outlines the guiding principles for the treatment of Department of Defense uniform and civilian workforce that, for the first time, affirms gay and lesbian military service members.

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Hagel: All states complying with new rules regarding same-sex spouse IDs

Friday, December 13, 2013
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WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon says that all states are now complying with new rules allowing the same-sex spouses of military members to get ID cards in order to claim benefits.

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W.Va. National Guard now issuing military cards to same-sex spouses

Monday, November 11, 2013
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The National Guard in West Virginia is now granting military ID cards to same-sex spouses, ensuring that they get benefits such as health care.

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Gov. says Okla. Guard won’t process benefits for married, same-sex couples

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Gov. Mary Fallin (R-Okla.)
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Gov. Mary Fallin says Oklahoma National Guard facilities and employees who are paid with state tax dollars won't process benefits for married, same-sex couples.

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Okla. governor evaluates options over Guard benefits for same-sex couples

Sunday, November 3, 2013
Mary Fallin
OKLAHOMA CITY -- A spokesman for Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says Fallin and Attorney General Scott Pruitt are evaluating legal options regarding benefits for same-sex couples in the National Guard after U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel issued a warning to states that have denied those benefits.

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N.D. National Guard to issue military IDs for same-sex spouses

Sunday, November 3, 2013
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The North Dakota National Guard says it will issue military identification for same-sex couples.

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Ind. National Guard says it’s processing benefits for same-sex couples

Friday, November 1, 2013
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INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana National Guard announced Friday that it's been processing benefits for same-sex couples since the start of October, after U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel issued a warning to states that have been denying the benefits.

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Hagel blasts states for defying Pentagon policy on same-sex spousal benefits

Thursday, October 31, 2013
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WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday sharply criticized U.S. states that are defying the Pentagon by refusing to allow National Guard facilities to issue ID cards that enable same-sex spouses of military members to claim benefits.

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GOP Senator targets revised marriage leave policy for gay service members

Thursday, September 12, 2013
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.)
WASHINGTON -- A ranking Republican member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee said this week that a newly revised Pentagon policy granting marriage leave for gay service members "legally fails to fix the issue of giving same-sex couples a special benefit."

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