Saturday, April 1, 2023

The Repeal of DADT Failed to Restore Dignity to All Servicemembers

Over four years ago, the U.S. military officially ended the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ (DADT) policy. For the more than 80,000 servicemen and women discharged from the military for being gay since WWII with a less than honorable discharge, their battle to receive full benefits continues.

According to a story from KPCC 89.3 Southern California Public Radio, service members discharged with a less-than-Honorable Discharge experience a loss of benefits — ranging from a loss of the G.I. Bill, to a loss of health care, to a complete loss of all benefits.

“After ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ was repealed, most people thought the issue was over,” said Peter Perkowski, legal director of the non-profit group Outserve.  “The undone work involves restoring their dignity, and restoring some of the veterans benefits that they’ve earned,” Perkowski said.

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