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Legislation seeks to restore state benefits to LGBTQ veterans dishonorably discharged

Legislation seeks to restore state benefits to LGBTQ veterans dishonorably discharged Legislation seeks to restore state benefits to LGBTQ veterans dishonorably discharged A senate committee heard from LGBTQ veterans and supporters Wednesday about the emotional and financial toll of not only being kicked out of the service for how they identify.

"American Veterans For Equal Rights (AVER) wholeheartedly endorses and supports the Restore Honor to Service Members Act," said Danny Ingram, President, American Veterans for Equal Rights. "Many thousands of LGBT service members were dishonorably discharged from WWII to 1994, prior to DADT, and thousands more under the DADT policy.

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The legislation will correct the military records of service members discharged solely due to their sexual orientation to reflect their honorable service and reinstate the benefits they earned. The Modern Military Association of America (MMAA) – the nation’s largest organization of LGBTQ military and veteran families – urged Congress to advance the measure.

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Senate Bill S45B (S.45-A/A.8097), known as The Restoration of Honor Act, would restore state benefits to LGBTQ veterans discharged due to their gender identity or sexual orientation. The legislation also restores eligibility to those who received less than honorable discharges as a result of military sexual trauma, traumatic brain injury, or post-traumatic stress disorder.

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