(Image source: The Blaze)


BY JASMINE BAILEY AND PAULA GEAN


Gay military members who were discharged because of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ will now receive the remainder of their severance pay. This comes after the settlement of a class action lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union.

KNXV:
“It amounts to $2.4 million and covers more than 180 veterans who only got half of their separation pay under a policy that went into effect in 1991. That’s two years before ‘Don't Ask, Don’t Tell’ became law."


According to Pink News, veterans who were discharged since November 10, 2004 due to ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ only received half of their severance pay. And the lawsuit argued that was unconstitutional.  


In 2006, former Staff Sergeant Richard Collins was caught kissing his boyfriend by two civilians who had formerly worked with him … KRQE reports that Collins …


“ … was discharged in 2006 when his homosexuality was discovered.  As a result, half of his severance pay was stripped. “  


In a statement, Laura Ives, the managing attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union said:


“There was absolutely no need to subject these service members to a double dose of discrimination by removing them from the armed forces in the first place, and then denying them this small benefit to ease the transition to civilian life.”


In order to be eligible for full separation pay, a service member has to have served at least six years.
 

 

Gay Vets Discharged Over DADT to Get Severance Pay

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Jan 8, 2013

Gay Vets Discharged Over DADT to Get Severance Pay

 


(Image source: The Blaze)


BY JASMINE BAILEY AND PAULA GEAN


Gay military members who were discharged because of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ will now receive the remainder of their severance pay. This comes after the settlement of a class action lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union.

KNXV:
“It amounts to $2.4 million and covers more than 180 veterans who only got half of their separation pay under a policy that went into effect in 1991. That’s two years before ‘Don't Ask, Don’t Tell’ became law."


According to Pink News, veterans who were discharged since November 10, 2004 due to ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ only received half of their severance pay. And the lawsuit argued that was unconstitutional.  


In 2006, former Staff Sergeant Richard Collins was caught kissing his boyfriend by two civilians who had formerly worked with him … KRQE reports that Collins …


“ … was discharged in 2006 when his homosexuality was discovered.  As a result, half of his severance pay was stripped. “  


In a statement, Laura Ives, the managing attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union said:


“There was absolutely no need to subject these service members to a double dose of discrimination by removing them from the armed forces in the first place, and then denying them this small benefit to ease the transition to civilian life.”


In order to be eligible for full separation pay, a service member has to have served at least six years.
 

 

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