“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Discharged Military Members to receive Full Pay

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Approximately 181 veterans who were honorably discharged under the Pentagon’s 1996 “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” policy are entitled full separation pay. That’s according to the terms of a settlement agreement reached Monday between the American Civil Liberties Union and the federal government.

The deal applies to service members who were kicked out of the military between November 10th, 2004 and September 20th, 2011 when the act was repealed. Before today’s ruling, those members had only received half of their separation pay.

In a statement announcing the victory, Joshua Block, staff attorney for the ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Project, said,”It makes no sense to continue to penalize service members who were discharged under a discriminatory statute that has already been repealed. The amount of the pay owed to these veterans is small by military standards, but is hugely significant in acknowledging their service to their country.”

The case, a Class Action lawsuit, was filed by the ACLU on behalf  of former Air Force Staff Sergeant, Richard Collins, who served nine years before being discharged under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

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