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News Archive

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 Don't Tell policy, including those whose service was characterized as  under other than honorable conditions.  

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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 establishes a precedent which will make it likely that future legal challenges to the ban will be successful. The GI Rights Network will try to keep our website updated as the issue develops.

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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 get out.

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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 domestic and international stop move orders.

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Reporting Crime Involving Servicemembers

From time to time people contact the GI Rights Hotline wanting to report criminal wrongdoing involving members of the military.  As a nongovernmental, nonprofit organization the GI Rights Hotline is not connected to law enforcement inside or outside of the military. 

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Military Paths To Citizenship Obstructed

The US government has made it harder for non-US citizens to join the military and harder to acquire US citizenship through military service if they do join, according to US immigration attorney Margaret Stock. As a result, the number of immigrants serving today in the US military has fallen to less than 4 percent. Stock spoke to GI Rights counselors at the annual conference of the GI Rights Network in May.

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