Monday, February 11, 2013

Benefits Extended for Same-Sex Military Spouses

Today, about three years after the repeal of DADT same-sex military souses and partners are finally getting some of the benefits heterosexual spouses receive. The 14 benefits identified for members to designate whomever they wish as beneficiaries are: -- Service Members Group Life Insurance beneficiary; -- Post Vietnam-era Veterans Assistance Program beneficiary; -- All-volunteer Force Educational Assistance Program – Active Duty Death Benefit beneficiary; -- Death Gratuity beneficiary; -- Final Settlement of Accounts; -- Wounded Warrior Designated Caregiver; -- Thrift Savings Plan beneficiary; -- Survivor Benefit for retirees; -- Casualty Notification; -- Escorts for Dependents of Deceased or Missing; -- Designation of Persons Having Interest in Status of a Missing Member; -- Veterans’ Group Life Insurance beneficiary; -- Person Eligible to Receive Effects of Deceased Persons; and -- Travel and Transportation Allowance: attendance at Yellow Ribbon Reintegration events. While this is a step in the right direction and a big win for equality, until DOMA is repealed our LGBT family in the army will continue to be denied the rights they deserve. For the full article please visit For the official announcement from The Department of Defense please visit

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