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Cleveland VA hospital opens nation’s first clinic for transgender veterans

Saturday, November 14, 2015
Cleveland VA Medical Center
Thee "GIVE Clinic" for Gender Identity Veteran Experience, will provide transgender veterans with primary care, hormonal therapy, mental health care and other services. ...

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Oregon lawmakers vote to assist gay veterans apply for change in discharge status

Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Oregon state capitol in Salem.
If Gov. Kate Brown signs off on the bills approved Monday, Oregon would be the first state to hire a coordinator to help LGBT veterans upgrade a less-than-honorable discharge received because of their sexual orientation. ...

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Senate OKs budget amendment granting VA, Social Security benefits to married same-sex couples

Friday, March 27, 2015
U.S. Capitol
Eleven GOP senators, many of whom face competitive re-election fights in 2016, supported the amendment offered by Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii). ...

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Shaheen reintroduces bill to extend veterans benefits to same-sex spouses

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.)
The Charlie Morgan Military Spouses Equal Treatment Act is named after a New Hampshire National Guard officer who died in 2013 after a battle with breast cancer. ...

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ACLU: U.S. Army to recognize legal names of transgender veterans

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
TRENTON, N.J. -- The U.S. Army has agreed to "fully recognize" the new legal names of two transgender military veterans, the American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday. The group's New Jersey chapter announced that the Army Board for Correction of ...

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Gay, transgender veterans march for the first time in Boston Veterans Day parade

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
BOSTON -- Massachusetts marked Veterans Day on Tuesday with commemorations around the state, including a parade in Boston in which gay and transgender veterans were allowed to march for the first time. OutVets, a recently-formed group representing LGBT military veterans, ...

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At 92, Rupert Starr still advocates for gay service members, veterans

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
In this Oct. 22, 2014 photo, Rupert "Twink" Starr adjusts a flag at his house in Upper Arlington, Ohio. Starr, 92, who is gay, is a World War II veteran and ex-POW who told his story to aid in the 2011 repeal of the Pentagon's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy and continues to advocate for gays serving in the military.
UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio -- Like thousands of other young men in the 1940s, Rupert Starr joined the Army, fought overseas and saw his share of hardship, including several weeks as a German prisoner of war. He returned to Ohio with ...

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Gay veterans group to march in Boston parade for the first time

Monday, November 10, 2014
AP (File)
Boston's annual Veterans Day parade will include a group representing LGBT military veterans for the first time. OutVets, a recently-formed nonpartisan and nonpolitical group based in Boston, expects between 10 to 30 people to march Tuesday in matching polo shirts ...

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Navy veteran in Idaho gains approval to be buried with same-sex spouse

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Madelynn Taylor, 74, looks at a 2011 photo of herself (in red) with her wife Jean Mixner.
BOISE, Idaho -- A U.S. Navy veteran can be buried with the ashes of her late spouse in a southwest Idaho military cemetery after the state legalized gay marriage. "It's done," 74-year-old Madelynn Lee Taylor said Wednesday after successfully completing ...

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U.S. House panel rejects spousal benefits bill for LGBT veterans

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
WASHINGTON -- A U.S. House panel on Wednesday rejected a measure that would have enabled veterans with same-sex spouses to receive partner benefits regardless of where they reside. The Washington Blade reports that the U.S. House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs ...

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