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

| Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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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 key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act.

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For a lost soldier…

| Monday, May 26, 2014
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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 whose final resting place has become hallowed ground, a literal garden of stones. Arlington's rolling hills are a place of extraordinary beauty, a fitting repository for the memory of the living history of the United States. Names from the history books leap off the pages as one strolls through the grounds...

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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
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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

MARA KLECKER | Daily Nebraskan | 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 male in 2008. Today, he’s worked at UNL’s LGBTQA resource center for a year and a half.

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

| Friday, August 16, 2013
Carmen Cardona
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.

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

| Friday, February 15, 2013
Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Linda Campbell (right) has received approval to bury her longtime partner, Nancy Lynchild, at Willamette National Cemetery.Handout photo.
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.

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