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Sens. Gillibrand, Lieberman To Dept. Of Defense: Restore Honor To DADT-Discharged Veterans

Three influential U.S. Senators—Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Joe Lieberman (I-CT), and Mark Udall (D-CO)—are pushing the Department of Defense (DOD) to act quicker in restoring honor to veterans who were discharged during the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” era

In their letter to DOD head Leon Panetta, the Senators asked for the creation of a process that would speed up the removal of the word “homosexual” from dishonorably discharged veterans’ paperwork, so that finding new work would be easier for them.

Here’s press-release sound bites from all three of the Senators. Gillibrand:

“We need to right wrongful discharges for our veterans immediately. Last fall, we ended the discriminatory Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. Now it’s time to create an efficient way for veterans, who were discharged because of who they love, to receive clean, honorable discharge paperwork. Veterans that were discharged under DADT served our country courageously and with dignity and we need to give them the appropriate recognition immediately.”

Lieberman:

“Although this harmful and wrongheaded policy has been repealed, it left behind a legacy of injustice that continues to discriminate against the gay and lesbian service members whom were discharged under it. By streamlining the process to correct these service members’ discharge documents, the Department of Defense can ensure that these courageous Americans move forward with dignity in their careers and private lives.”

Udall:

“Even though we ended DADT last year, more than 14,000 veterans who were forced to leave the military because of their sexual orientation still have an unfair stigma hanging over them. Many of those veterans are now beginning the long process of correcting their discharge paperwork to ensure that their records reflect the quality of their service – not the discriminatory legacy that forced them from the military, weakening our national security in the process.  Especially at a time of such high unemployment for our veterans, we should make it as easy as possible for them to maintain their personal privacy by making such corrections.”

Isn’t it nice to see your legislators actually doing something for once? Let’s hope Republicans don’t put up any unnecessary partisan bickering over this, because restoring honor to veterans is something I think all Americans can agree upon.

Click through to read the full letter sent by our fierce political allies in the Senate.

photo by: [nivs]
By:           Evan Mulvihill
On:           Apr 25, 2012
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  • 8 Comments
    • Dave
      Dave

      I agree that they should do this. BTW queerty it’s not just “gay” or “lesbian” soldiers who were discharged from the military bisexual men and women have been kicked out too because of DADT.

      Apr 25, 2012 at 2:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Steve
      Steve

      At least now Dan Choi can stop being a professional media whore and will hopefully reinlist like he said he was going to do but hasn’t.

      I agree with Dave, also Trans people still can’t serve openly in the military.

      Apr 25, 2012 at 2:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Alexi3
      Alexi3

      An actual, honest to God issue for people to get behind and there are two comments. Maybe if there had been a photo of Jake Gylannhaal with the attendant is he gay queary someone would have something to say?

      Apr 25, 2012 at 10:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Nick
      Nick

      The fact that Dave specifically failed to mention trans people was likely intentional.

      Apr 25, 2012 at 10:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
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      Apr 25, 2012 at 11:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DrewSF
      DrewSF

      @4Nick you mean unintentional. It’s not like there have ever been any Trans people who have said how they were kicked out of the military because they were Trans and they don’t do things like go to the media or try to meet with politicians. Meanwhile bisexuals, gays, and lesbians have been talking about being discharged under DADT for decades and we’ve been out and visibly active in getting DADT abolished so we can serve openly in the military.

      Apr 26, 2012 at 1:12 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Clockwork
      Clockwork

      That photo kicks ass!!

      What a beautiful mix of the freedom of sexual expression, a stable democracy, and the right to bear arms.

      Israel is a cool country, (not that I want armed soldiers walking around our cities).

      Apr 26, 2012 at 11:00 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Nick
      Nick

      DrewSF: No, I really did mean unintentional. What I am saying is that I don’t think he cares about people who are trans.

      Apr 26, 2012 at 2:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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