Sec McDonald continues the trend started with Sec Shinseki, in addressing long ignored or outright denied issues and more, with the help, finally, of an entire Executive Branch and it's Cabinet, in moving the Veterans Administration into the 21st century!! Still grossly under funded, and with two more long conflicts and continued blowback from the policies of, as conservative congressional, states also, representatives continue obstructing and using us Veterans as political fodder for their, poser, patriotism and political points of!!
June 29, 2015 - The Department of Veterans Affairs said Monday it would extend earned benefits to spouses and children of all veterans in all same-sex marriages following the Supreme Court decision Friday legalizing the unions nationwide.
The decision lifts restriction on benefits to VA guaranteed home loans, survivor benefits and burial rights, according to Susan Sommers, director of constitutional litigation for Lambda Legal, a legal organization seeking equal treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.
She estimated that thousands of veterans would be impacted by the VA changes.
"I'm very relieved by this news," Sommers said, adding that veterans in same-sex marriages "shouldn't be without the same protections that other people in the military can count on for themselves and their families once their service is over." read more>>>