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Rights of Same-Sex Military Spouses Vary by State

Tuesday Sep 23, 2014
Last year's Supreme Court ruling striking down DOMA ensured that federal military benefits extend to same-sex partners and their children. But about 2/3 of active-duty personnel in the U.S. are based in states that don't recognize same-sex marriage.

Veterans Affairs Sued For Denying Gay Marriage Benefits

By Winnie McCroy | Wednesday Aug 20, 2014
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is being sued over its refusal to grant spousal benefits to same-sex military couples in states where these marriages are not recognized.

Anti-Gay Activist Condemns Servicemen, Boy Scouts

By Bobby McGuire | Wednesday Jul 2, 2014
Linda Harvey, hate-monger, author and champion of archaic hairstyling choices, took to her radio show Wednesday to condemn military service members and Boy Scouts who marched in Sunday’s Gay Pride March in New York City.

DVA Recognizes Lesbian War Widow as a Surviving Spouse

By Winnie McCroy | Friday Jun 13, 2014
The Department of Veterans Affairs has decided to retroactively recognize the nation’s first known same-sex war widow, Tracy Johnson, as the legal spouse of the late SSG Donna Johnson killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan.

Military Color Guard to March in DC Gay Pride Parade

By Jason St. Amand | Friday Jun 6, 2014
For the first time, a U.S. military color guard is expected to march alongside rainbow flags in Washington’s gay pride parade.

Wounded Service Women Take Western River Rafting Trip

By Winnie McCroy | Tuesday May 13, 2014
Western River Expeditions and Wounded Warriors team up for a four-day Colorado River rafting trip for up to 25 service women who have experienced emotional or physical trauma from their recent overseas tours of duty.

Rosemary Williams Keynotes AMPA Gala

By Winnie McCroy | Monday May 12, 2014
Rosemary F. Williams will keynote AMPA’s inaugural national gala dinner on May 17 in Washington, DC.

Hagel: Military Should Review Transgender Ban

Sunday May 11, 2014
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the military should continually review its policy barring transgender individuals from serving in the military.

Army Tests Both Women and Men in Combat Fitness Study

By Alex Sanz and Russ Bynum | Saturday Mar 15, 2014
Military researchers put dozens of soldiers, both women and men, through a series of drills Wednesday aimed at helping the Army develop a unisex test to decide which troops are fit for combat, regardless of gender.

Transgender Troop Ban Faces Scrutiny

Thursday Mar 13, 2014
An independent commission led by a former U.S. surgeon general has concluded there "is no compelling medical reason" for the U.S. armed forces to prohibit transgender Americans from serving.