Pentagon to Reevaluate ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Discharges: Discharge Review Board and Upgrades

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The Pentagon has initiated a significant effort to reevaluate the discharges of thousands of LGBTQ+ veterans who were separated from service under the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy due to their sexual orientation.

The Pentagon’s proactive review of LGBTQ+ veterans’ discharges is a crucial step towards rectifying the injustices of the past. “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was a policy that prohibited LGBTQ+ service members from openly expressing their sexual orientation, resulting in thousands of less than honorable discharges. These discharges had severe consequences, affecting veterans’ job prospects and access to essential benefits such as healthcare, loans, and funeral expenses.

The Pentagon’s proactive review of LGBTQ+ veterans’ discharges is a crucial step towards rectifying the injustices of the past. “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was a policy that prohibited LGBTQ+ service members from openly expressing their sexual orientation, resulting in thousands of less than honorable discharges. These discharges had severe consequences, affecting veterans’ job prospects and access to essential benefits such as healthcare, loans, and funeral expenses.

The Pentagon’s proactive review of LGBTQ+ veterans’ discharges is a crucial step towards rectifying the injustices of the past. “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was a policy that prohibited LGBTQ+ service members from openly expressing their sexual orientation, resulting in thousands of less than honorable discharges. These discharges had severe consequences, affecting veterans’ job prospects and access to essential benefits such as healthcare, loans, and funeral expenses.

  • Providing clear guidance on the Discharge Review Board process.
  • Assisting in gathering relevant evidence to support the upgrade.
  • Advocating for veterans’ rights and dignity throughout the Discharge Review Board process.
  • Ensuring veterans understand the potential benefits of the upgrade and the importance of their privacy.
  • Simplifying the often burdensome and opaque process to make it more accessible and efficient.

The Pentagon’s initiative to reevaluate “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” discharges is a significant step towards justice for LGBTQ+ veterans. Having an experienced military lawyer from KML can make a substantial difference in achieving discharge upgrades through the Discharge Review Board and ensuring veterans receive the benefits and recognition they rightfully deserve.

If you or a loved one received a less than honorable discharge for sexual orientation, please reach out to a lawyer experienced in discharge upgrades to discuss whether this new initiative can help you get the rights and characterization of your service that you deserve.

 

 

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