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

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
OutVets
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, had about 20 marchers in Tuesday afternoon's parade ... [...]

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

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
us-capitol
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 rejected the Veteran Spouses Equal Treatment Act by a vote [...]

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Lambda Legal sues Veterans Affairs over denial of benefits for same-sex spouses

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Veterans-Affairs
WASHINGTON -- A leading LGBT advocacy group has filed suit against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, arguing that the denial of benefits to same-sex spouses of veterans living in states that refuse to recognize their marriages is in violation of last year's U.S. Supreme Court’s decision striking down a [...]

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For a lost soldier…

Monday, May 26, 2014
AP (File)
Every year that I have lived and worked in this city I have always gone to Arlington National Cemetery to observe the Memorial Day ceremonies. Afterwards, I wander down through the grounds, just to watch, maybe to listen, but mostly to contemplate on the sacrifices made by those brave souls [...]

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

Saturday, November 23, 2013
U.S. Rep. Tim Walz (D-Minn.)
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. [...]

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Military veterans join effort to legalize marriage equality in Ill.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Veterans-marriage
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Illinois military veterans are joining the effort to legalize gay marriage in the state. [...]

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WWII, Vietnam vets marry in veterans home first same-sex wedding

Saturday, September 14, 2013
John Banvard (left) and Gerard Nadeau
CHULA VISTA, Calif. – Two U.S. military veterans married this week when a senior living facility for military veterans held its first ever same-sex marriage. [...]

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Transgender veteran uses experience to reach out to others

Sunday, September 8, 2013
Nickolai Hammar, Daily NebraskanScott Schneider, 32, is a volunteer at the LGBTQA Resource Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He was in the military before choosing to undergo female-to-male gender reassignment.
Scott Schneider’s mom still calls him Megan. His dad quit talking to him for eight years. After struggling with his identity for most of his life, Schneider — a military veteran – started going by Scott in 2007 and began the medical process of transitioning from a female to a [...]

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

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Eric Holder
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration said Wednesday it will stop enforcing a law that blocks benefits to partners of military veterans in same-sex marriages. [...]

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

Sunday, September 1, 2013
U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.)
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. [...]

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