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Some Victims Of DADT To Get Full Severance Pay

U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant's arm badgeThe American Civil Liberties LGBT Project announced that there had been a settlement reached between them and the federal government regarding those discharged under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell since 10 November 2010. Those discharged between that date and the date that the policy was officially repealed will not receive full pay for their discharge rather than half-pay as they had when discharged from the military.

Joshua Block,
the staff attorney for the ACLU-LGBT, 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sense to continue to penalize service members who were discharged under a discriminatory statute that has already been repealed.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.”

A person would have had to have been in the military for six years before separation in order to be eligible for full pay. Richard Collins was a Staff Sergeant in the Air Force and served for nine years before being discharged under DADT. He was the lead plaintiff in the suit and stated “This means so much to those of us who dedicated ourselves to the military, only to be forced out against our will for being who we are. We gave all we had to our country, and just wanted the same dignity and respect for our service as any other veterans.”

Some 181 honorably discharged veterans will be impacted by this settlement.

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