Skip to comments.DADT gone, but unequal treatment of gays still here [Now, it starts]
Posted on 09/21/2011 3:01:12 PM PDT by fwdude
(CNN) -- In the very early hours of this morning, "don't ask, don't tell" ceased to be U.S. policy. As a result, today is the first day I can write about being the partner of a gay military serviceman without fear that he will lose his job. ...
The battle has only been half won. Gay servicemen or servicewomen can no longer be discharged simply for being gay, but they are still treated inequitably. Only by using their newly won free speech can they hope to reap the same benefits as their straight colleagues.
(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...
From what I can see, the entire world is in the foreplay of it’s destruction. How sad.
God, help us.
Destruction comes before redemption.
It sure does.
NOTE The following text is a quote:
American Forces Press Service
Department Reminds Troops of Member-designated Benefits
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2011 In their ongoing review of military benefits in connection with the repeal of Dont Ask, Dont Tell, Defense Department officials have now identified a total of 14 benefits where members may designate beneficiaries of their choosing, regardless of sexual orientation.
We listed eight member-designated benefits in our original Quick Reference Guide, released Sept. 20. Weve now validated an additional six, said Defense Department spokeswoman Eileen Lainez. While these are not new, now that weve confirmed these additional benefits, were updating the Quick Reference Guide to ensure all are aware of their beneficiary options.
The 14 benefits identified for members to designate whomever they wish as beneficiaries are:
— Service Members Group Life Insurance beneficiary;
— Post Vietnam-era Veterans Assistance Program beneficiary;
— All-volunteer Force Educational Assistance Program Active Duty Death Benefit beneficiary;
— Death Gratuity beneficiary;
— Final Settlement of Accounts;
— Wounded Warrior Designated Caregiver;
— Thrift Savings Plan beneficiary;
— Survivor Benefit for retirees;
— Casualty Notification;
— Escorts for Dependents of Deceased or Missing;
— Designation of Persons Having Interest in Status of a Missing Member;
— Veterans Group Life Insurance beneficiary;
— Person Eligible to Receive Effects of Deceased Persons; and
— Travel and Transportation Allowance: attendance at Yellow Ribbon
Eligibility for a number of other benefits is restricted by applicable statutes, including the Defense of Marriage Act.
Finally, in connection with the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Lainez said, the Defense Department is engaged in a careful and deliberate review of the possibility of revising the eligibility for additional benefits, if legally permitted. Service members are encouraged to contact their personnel offices for more information.
Quick Reference Guide
Special Report: Dont Ask, Dont Tell is Repealed