The Veteran Spouses Equal Treatment Act was reintroduced in the House as H.R.1598 by Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV), Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO), Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), Rep. Richard L. Hanna (R-NY), Rep. David W. Jolly (R-FL), and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) on March 25, 2015.

Summary

The Veteran Spouses Equal Treatment Act amends sections of Title 38 of the US Code to give all LGBTQ veterans and their families access to their VA benefits regardless of their state of residence. PFLAG has prioritized action on the Veteran Spouses Equal Treatment Act as one of a series of bills that can aid in ending discrimination against LGBTQ servicemembers and veterans. 

PFLAG Talking Points

  • LGBTQ service members and their families deserve the full extent of benefits for their service. This bill ensures an LGBTQ servicemember’s service is held in the same esteem as a non-LGBTQ service member’s.
  • All legal same-sex marriages should be federally recognized regardless of state of residence. This bill ensures all LGBTQ veterans and their families receive benefits regardless of whether or not their marriage is recognized by their state of residence.
  • LGBTQ veterans and their families should not have to shoulder an extra burden when dealing with the VA. This bill removes a big worry for LGBTQ veterans and their families when they are dealing with the VA.
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