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VA Benefits for LGBTQ+ Veterans

On September 20th, 2021, the tenth anniversary of the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, VA assistant secretary for public affairs, Kayla Williams delivered a statement regarding benefits eligibility for LGBTQ+ Veterans who where discharged under the Don't Ask…

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Pentagon to Mandate COVID 19 Vaccine for Military Members

Following the recent full FDA approval of the Pfizer Vaccine, Pentagon officials have said they will require all military service members to receive the Covid-19 vaccine. In a memorandum dated 24 August 21, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin ordered branch secretaries to…

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Delays Obtaining Military Records

A lot of people have contacted the GI Rights Network with frustrations about delays in obtaining military records from the National Archives (NPRC) which currently posts its status as: “The National Personnel Records Center is Closed - Except for Emergencies” …

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Supreme Court and the Military Transgender Ban

There have been some questions about Monday's Supreme Court decision banning employment discrimination against LGBTQ persons and its impact on the military transgender ban. It appears that while Monday's decision does not directly overturn the ban, it gives reasoning and…

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“Selective Objection” and “Conscientious Objection”

The military defines conscientious objection in terms of a religious or moral opposition to participating in war. Some people contacting the GI Rights Hotline fit in this category and we assist them in applying for discharge. Most of the these people we work with successfully…

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14 April Update to Military Travel Ban

Although the final details are being modified, Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper, said on 14 April that the ban on all non-essential domestic and international Defense Department travel is going to be extended. See other news stories on this website for the current details of the…

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March 25, 2020 Update to DoD Overseas Stop Move Order

Overseas Stop Movement Order in Response to COVID-19 … On March 25, 2020 Defense Mark Esper enacted a 60-day stop movement order for all DoD uniformed and civilian personnel and their sponsored family members overseas. It says: "This measure is taken to aid in further…

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