Rep. Steve Israel: Military Should Repeal DADT's Dishonorable Discharges

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DADT mandated that gay service members had to remain in the closet while serving in the armed forces. It was repealed in 2011.

Israel calculated that as many as 31,000 gay and lesbian veterans discharged under DADT could be affected by the legislation. Robert O. Hawkins Jr., a World War II veteran, had to resign from the militar

According to ABC News, the democrat has called the practice a “longtime injustice that needs to be righted.” If the bill is passed, it would repeal all dishonorable discharges for gay  and lesbian veterans, allowing them to received medical and other benefits.

DADT mandated that gay service members had to remain in the closet while serving in the armed forces. It was repealed in 2011.

Israel calculated that as many as 31,000 gay and lesbian veterans discharged under DADT could be affected by the legislation. Robert O. Hawkins Jr., a World War II veteran, had to resign from the military it was found out he was gay.

“They said, ‘We have proof you are a homosexual, and you can either resign your commission or face a court martial,’” Hawkins told ABC News. “I resigned. I had no choice, really.”

Only recently was Hawkins, 75, was able to get his discharge changed to honorable.

There’s still no timetable as to when the legislation could be introduced.


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