The VA Now Recognizes Same-Sex Marriage

The VA Now Recognizes Same-Sex Marriage

Victory! The VA now officially recognizes same-sex marriage, benefits
By: Timothy Rawles (article originally posted in SDGLN)

Today Lambda legal has announced that they are ending litigation against the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) after that department amended policies which will now include LGBT military personnel and their spouses.

Lambda Legal has confirmed that the new policies are consistent with the U.S. Supreme Court decision which legalized same-sex marriage in June of 2015.

“We are very pleased that now, nationwide, gay and lesbian veterans who have served their …

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Honoring the Loss of Maj. Vorderbruggen

Honoring the Loss of Maj. Vorderbruggen

Honoring the Loss of Air Force Major Adrianna Vorderbruggen

We lost a member of our military family yesterday. Our friend, Air Force Major Adrianna Vorderbruggen, was killed while serving in Afghanistan. All military families understand that part of serving means the potential of sending their loved one into harms way, but no amount of understanding can reduce the pain of loss when they do not return. Major Vorderbruggen leaves behind her wife, Heather, four year-old son, Jacob, father, Joe Vorderbruggen, and brothers, Dan, Chris, and John. …

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OUT Ally Voices Still Matter

OUT Ally Voices Still Matter

(Image: Author and OUT Ally Family, Ms. Elise Thomasson, her husband, Capt Chris Weimer, with their daughter, Iris and their dog, Ivy at the LGBT-Inclusive Memorial at NM Veterans Memorial in Albuquerque, NM. You can read about the memorial here.)

OUT Ally Spouses must continue to speak for our transgender service members, since they cannot yet speak for themselves for fear of getting discharged. There are about 6000 trans military personnel who cannot yet serve openly, and DADT is still in effect for them. We can help change things by …

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Rest easy, Chief. We will miss you.

Rest easy, Chief. We will miss you.

It is with a heavy heart that we report Chief Warrant Officer 3 Tania Dunbar, wife of MPFC co-founder Dee Graham-Dunbar and friend to so many, unexpectedly passed away this morning. Details on services are pending and we will post more information as it comes available.

This is a huge loss for our community and to those of us personally who knew Chief as a friend. She was quite simply a force to be reckoned with – one of the smartest, toughest, funniest, and most dedicated …

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Ending Ban on Transgender Military

Ending Ban on Transgender Military

MPFC on Ending Ban on Transgender Military Service

MPFC President, Ariana Bostian-Kentes on Pentagon Plan to End Ban On Transgender Military Service.

“We are thrilled that our goal of a US military that is representative of the values and diversity of our country is soon to be a reality,” stated MPFC President, Ariana Bostian-Kentes. “We are so proud of the service of all of our LGBTQ military families and will continue to push for a military that encourages the best of America to serve, inclusive of all …

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