Same Sex Married Veterans to Receive Full Benefits Today
Late last week, as reported by NBC News and other sources, a U.S. District Court judge has ruled that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) cannot deny full benefits to couples of same sex married veterans. The VA had relied on its own unique interpretation of the law – written in the days before same-sex marriages. The law has not been changed or rephrased since the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was struck down by the Supreme Court this year. The VA law barred same sex couples from accessing disability and pension payments to which heterosexual veterans and their spouses are entitled.
Beginning today, Sept. 3, the Defense Department says same sex spouses of those serving in the military will qualify for the same housing and health benefits as those of the opposite sex, according to Time Magazine.