LGBT veterans discharged under 'don't ask, don't tell' to get extra Pentagon resources

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The Department of Defense announced additional resources on Wednesday designed to help retired LGBT veterans who left the military with a less than honorable discharge due to their sexual orientation under the department's 'don't ask, don't tell' policy.

The Department of Defense announced additional resources on Wednesday designed to help retired LGBT veterans who left the military with a less than honorable discharge due to their sexual orientation under the department's"don't ask, don't tell" policy.

"For decades, our LGBTQ+ Service members were forced to hide or were prevented from serving altogether. Even still, they selflessly put themselves in harm’s way for the good of our country and the American people," Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said in a statement."Unfortunately, too many of them were discharged from the military based on their sexual orientation — and for many this left them without access to the benefits and services they earned.

Roughly 2,000 troops received less than an honorable discharge in this time frame, while approximately a third of the 13,742 troops who were discharged under the policy had an entry-level separation, which means they left the service less than 180 days after joining.

 

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