This bill was introduced in the House by Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Charles Rangel (D-NY) as H.R.3068 on July 15, 2015 and in the Senate as S. 1766 by Brian Schatz (D-HI) on July 15, 2015.

Summary

This bill will help service members discharged for no other reason than their sexual orientation correct their military record to reflect their honorable service. The bill would codify the current Department of Defense policy as it pertains to service members discharged under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell to correct their records to reflect honorable service. It ensures that the appeals process remains open, available and accessible to service members. This legislation would open discharge upgrades for the estimated 100,000 service members discharged for their sexual orientation prior to the implementation of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. 

PFLAG Talking Points

  • LGBT veterans deserve to be acknowledged and have their voices heard. The repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is still relatively recent, and this bill would help further end the forced silence LGBT veterans have been subject to for decades and give them a platform to speak about issues affecting them.
  • LGB veterans discharged under DADT deserve compensation. This bill would correct service member records to reflect honorable service for the approximately 100,000 members who were discharged dishonorably under DADT.
  • Transgender people are still unable to serve in the military. This bill does not address transgender service members who have been discharged and still cannot openly serve in the armed forces.
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