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Military Benefits

A New Retirement System for a New Generation

Michael J. Meese | Posted 03.25.2016 | Politics
Michael J. Meese

The 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, approved last November, included the first major change in military retirement since World War II. Few noticed this provision, but its impact is significant, important, and will be good for the military and the nation.

A Response to The Washington Post's "I'm an Army Veteran, and My Benefits Are Too Generous"

Matthew Gregory | Posted 08.10.2014 | Politics
Matthew Gregory

It is a shame that LtCol Slear left our ranks in 2001. He would have experienced what these wars were like from the ground, not a television.

Government Awards Full Benefits To Wife Of Female Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics

Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Tracy Dice Johnson, whose wife was killed fighting in Afghanistan, has received word from the Department of Veterans Af...

Ryan J. Reilly

Obama Administration Makes Big Announcement About Gay Veterans | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 09.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration has cleared the way for the spouses of gay veterans to receive military benefits, with the Justice Department d...

All Aboard The Rainbow Railroad!

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

On Aug. 14, the Department of Defense took a fundamental step forward when it announced it would extend spousal and family benefits to legally married...

One Great Leap Forward: Defense Department Offering Full Benefits to Same-Sex Military Spouses

Brian Stone | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Brian Stone

For many of us who served before the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," it's almost surreal. Full rights for gay military couples seemed like a long shot back then. Like the repeal of DADT, this announcement will be remembered joyously as a part of our shared LGBT history.

Reduce the Size of the Armed Force by Seizing Benefits

Kerry Patton | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics
Kerry Patton

Threats continue to grow around the globe and our nation depends on a high-speed, low-drag, fighting force. Now is not the time to shrink our tactical operators who serve in the Armed Forces. Unfortunately, if benefits continue to diminish, that's exactly what will happen.

History Is Made With Approval Of First Same-Sex Military Burial In Oregon

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

The Department of Veterans Affairs has recently approved what is believed to be the nation's first same-sex spouse burial at a national cemetery. ...

Amanda Terkel

Gay Military Families Still Barred From Nearly 100 Benefits Under DOMA | Amanda Terkel | Posted 02.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In one of his final moves at the Pentagon on Monday, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced that he was extending certain benefits to ...

Pentagon To Make Big Reversal On Same-Sex Benefits: Report

Washington Post | Posted 04.07.2013 | Politics

The Pentagon has decided to extend certain benefits to the spouses of gay and lesbian personnel, according to officials and people notified about the ...

The End Of DADT Was Not The End Of Discrimination In The Military

Alexander Nicholson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Alexander Nicholson

With such a successful final outcome on this policy change, it would be easy to just savor the triumph, be satisfied, and move on. But what many may not realize, however, is that gay troops are still not being treated equally within our armed forces.

David Wood

Senate GOP No Longer Opposes Bill Aiding Severely Injured Troops | David Wood | Posted 09.12.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Help for combat-wounded troops who want to start families became a bit more likely Wednesday as Senate Democrats stiff-armed GOP opposit...

The Disgrace of War Widows Fighting for Benefits

Bob Geiger | Posted 04.30.2012 | Politics
Bob Geiger

At issue is a parsing of government programs that essentially eliminates one survivor's benefit for another. To civilians, this is analogous to someone telling us that we can have a deceased spouse's retirement money or life insurance -- but not both.

Veterans and Service Member Benefits -- A Deal's a Deal

Laurence J. Kotlikoff | Posted 06.02.2012 | Politics
Laurence J. Kotlikoff

We promise to provide the veterans and active service members with the full set of benefits available at the time they signed up. That set of implicit, but sacred, promises is now being threatened.

Lincoln, Obama, and Military Benefits for Same-Sex Couples

Ian Moss | Posted 04.23.2012 | Black Voices
Ian Moss

President Barack Obama's admiration for Abraham Lincoln is well known. He even calls Lincoln his "favorite president." Both were confronted with the greatest civil rights issue of their generation. For Obama, it is gay rights and for Lincoln, it was the institution of slavery.

Obama Administration Makes Stunning Announcement On Gay Rights

Posted 02.18.2012 | Politics

The Obama Administration will no longer defend legislation in court banning same-sex couples from receiving military and veterans benefits. In a le...

Gay Military Spouse Speaks Out On His Husband Getting Booed At GOP Debate

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 12.27.2011 | Politics

Josh Snyder, the husband of the gay soldier booed at a September Republican presidential debate, appeared on MSNBC Thursday to discuss the incident an...

Andrea Stone

Same-Sex Married Troops Ready To Sue Over Military Benefits | Andrea Stone | Posted 12.16.2011 | Politics

LAS VEGAS -- The gay advocacy group that successfully lobbied to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy plans to file a lawsuit in feder...

Andrea Stone

Gay Troops, Included But Not Equal | Andrea Stone | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

LAS VEGAS -- Amid the joy of meeting in public for the first time and with the novelty of the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" receding, active-duty ...

After Don't Ask, Don't Tell: The Meaning of Repeal to America

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics
Nathaniel Frank

"Don't ask, don't tell" -- the policy and even the mere phrase -- says much about who we are as Americans. What we do in its wake will help shape what it means to be an American in the twenty-first century -- well beyond the rise and fall of this bizarre and convoluted law.

Don't Play Wall Street Roulette With Military Retirement

Richard Allen Smith | Posted 10.18.2011 | Politics
Richard Allen Smith

All careers aren't created equal. Yes, civilians work longer to get to retirement. But civilians also aren't spending multiple years away from their families getting shot at.

Cleaning for Heroes -- A Clean Home for Every Veteran

Torrey Shannon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Torrey Shannon

The residual effect of providing free household services to veterans allows them more time to focus on their healing, family bonding, community involvement and productivity.

VA Won't Pay Benefits To Marine Whose Injuries Came From Smallpox Vaccine

McClatchy Newspapers | David Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

It wasn't a bullet or roadside bomb that felled Lance Cpl. Josef Lopez three years ago after nine days in Iraq. It was an injection into his arm befo...