Governor Cuomo has signed a bill to allow veterans who were denied benefits due to their sexual orientation or gender identity to apply to have the benefits restored in NY State.
Under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and similar policies hundreds of thousands of veterans received less than honorable discharges, according to the governor’s office.
“Countless service members were discharged from the military simply because of who they are. Adding insult to injury, they were then denied the services and benefits they earned as members of our armed forces who fought to protect our country and defend our ideals,” Governor Cuomo said. “With this measure we are righting that wrong and sending a message to LGBTQ veterans that we have their backs, just as they had ours.”