It’s all because of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision to scrap the Defense of Marriage Act from the books, making same-sex marriage a federally recognized institution. Now I personally think we have more important things to worry about than same-sex marriage– al-Qaeda anyone?–and I’m sure my conservative readers will have something to say about that. But for now I will just focus on the effect post-DOMA implementations will undoubtedly have on the hundreds of thousands of veterans, many with severe injuries, who have been fighting to receive basic care and provisions under the current military benefits system.
There are an estimated 17,000 servicemembers and their same-sex partners who would be affected by the roll out expected by this October, quite a small amount compared to the overall size of the military, but not such small potatoes when thousands of our combat vets are already on a two year wait – and that’s a good day – in the VA healthcare system.
What’s even more ironic is that while enacting new benefits for same-sex couples has become the latest priority for an already bloated military system, the military norm is to ALWAYS postdate new benefits so that current soldiers get screwed out of them.
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