Court Decision Has Wide Impact for Some Veterans

By: National AP Email
By: National AP Email
Just two years ago, gays and lesbians were prevented from serving openly in the military. Soon, they

AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Just two years ago, gays and lesbians were prevented from serving openly in the military. Soon, they'll be able to share a wide range of veterans' benefits with their same-sex spouses.

The Supreme Court this week said married same-sex couples are entitled to the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples who had wed.

Same-sex spouses of military veterans now will be able to get help with college tuition and be buried in a national cemetery.

Veterans in same-sex marriages also will see an increase in their monthly disability payments, amounting to several thousands of dollars over their lifetime.

Members of Congress are waiting for a report from the Veterans Affairs Department on when and how same-sex couples can access their benefits.

It's not clear whether legislation will be needed.


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