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U.S. Rep. Tim Walz (D-Minn.)

U.S. House version of LGBT veterans, family benefits bill introduced

Saturday, November 23, 2013
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Congressman Rep. Tim Walz (D-Minn.) on Wednesday introduced the U.S. House version of the bipartisan "Protecting the Freedoms and Benefits for All Veterans Act," aimed at ensuring LGBT veterans and their families receive equal treatment for equal service. [ Read more → ]
Eric Holder

Obama administration will not enforce ban on same-sex veterans benefits

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration said Wednesday it will stop enforcing a law that blocks benefits to partners of military veterans in same-sex marriages. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.)

Shaheen: Same-sex benefits bill should apply to Veterans Affairs

Sunday, September 1, 2013
CONCORD, N.H. -- U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire says she's planning to move forward with her bill that would grant benefits to same-sex married couples in the military after learning that legislation is still necessary to grant veterans in same-sex marriages those same benefits. [ Read more → ]
Tracey Cooper-Harris (right) with her spouse Maggie.

Federal judge: Veterans Affairs can’t deny benefits to same-sex couples

Friday, August 30, 2013
LOS ANGELES -- A judge in Los Angeles ruled Thursday that a lesbian Army veteran and her spouse should be entitled to disability benefits given the recent Supreme Court ruling that struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act. [ Read more → ]

Veterans Affairs says it will wait on expanding benefits to same-sex couples

Tuesday, August 27, 2013
WASHINGTON - Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki says Congress or the courts still has more work to do before the VA can provide federal benefits to married, same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
Carmen Cardona

Conn. vet leading legal effort for spousal benefits of gay veterans

Friday, August 16, 2013
HARTFORD, Conn. -- An 18-year Navy veteran from Norwich is joining forces with U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal to try to persuade the federal Department of Veterans Affairs to abide by a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling concerning gay marriage and extend all federal benefits to veterans with same-sex spouses. [ Read more → ]

Senate committee advances military spouses, veterans benefits bills

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs on Wednesday approved a package of bills to improve benefits and health care services for veterans and their families, including the Charlie Morgan Military Spouses Equal Treatment Act. [ Read more → ]
Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Linda Campbell (right) has received approval to bury her longtime partner, Nancy Lynchild, at Willamette National Cemetery.Handout photo.

Veterans Affairs grants burial rights for Oregon veteran’s same-sex spouse

Friday, February 15, 2013
The Department of Veterans Affairs has decided to allow the same-sex spouse of a member of the military to be buried in a U.S. national cemetery. VA Secretary Eric Shinseki used his discretionary authority to allow the burial of Nancy Lynchild's ashes, the agency said Thursday. [ Read more → ]
Tracey Cooper-Harris (right) with her spouse Maggie.

SPLC asks court to block House GOP attempt to delay disabled veteran’s case

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) on Monday asked a federal court to block efforts by U.S. House Republicans to further delay a decorated 12-year U.S. Army veteran in a legal same-sex marriage from seeking the same benefits provided to other married veterans and their spouses. [ Read more → ]
Carmen Cardona

Brief challenges laws discriminating against gay and lesbian veterans

Saturday, April 28, 2012
WASHINGTON -- A law firm that is part of the challenge against California's Proposition 8 this week filed a "friend of the court" brief on behalf of a coalition of national veterans' service organizations asking the court to strike down laws discriminating against gay and lesbian veterans. [ Read more → ]

Lawsuit challenges DOMA, Veterans Affairs over denial of benefits to married same-sex couples

Wednesday, February 1, 2012
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) refusal to grant equal disability benefits to an Army veteran in a same-sex marriage is a violation of the veteran’s constitutional rights, according to a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and the law firm of WilmerHale. [ Read more → ]
Esther Garatie

Homophobic nurse to retire after harassment of lesbian Marine veteran

Friday, January 20, 2012
DALLAS -- A spokesperson for the Dallas Veterans Affairs Center has confirmed that nurse practitioner Lincy Pandithurai would "retire from federal service" effective Jan. 21 after being accused of anti-gay harassment. [ Read more → ]
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