Sen. Brian Schatz sponsors bill to ‘restore honor’ to gay discharged veterans
November 5, 2015
WASHINGTON (MEDIA GENERAL) – An 86-year-old World War II veteran probably never imagined that his decades-old dishonorable discharge could impact the military records of more than 100,000 other service members.
That’s because their discharges all stem from the same scarlet letters: LGBT.
Beyond the issue of honor, many of the men and women dismissed by the armed forces lost their careers, access to VA health care, education benefits, retirement, certain loans, and even the right to vote in some states.