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Veterans Affairs announces domestic partner burial rights
From a press release
2014-06-06


WASHINGTON, DC — The American Military Partner Association ( AMPA ), the nation's premier organization for LGBT military spouses and their families, released the following statement today following the announcement by the Department of Veterans Affairs that the same-sex domestic partners and civil union partners of military personnel will be granted the same burial benefits that married spouses of service members receive, as reported by theAdvocate.

"While this is great news for our LGBT veterans and their loved ones, a year after the Supreme Court's decision in the Windsorcase, the Department of Veterans Affairs ( VA ) has still not granted full and equal VA benefits to LGBT veterans and their spouses," said Stephen Peters, president of AMPA. "It is of the highest importance to our veterans and their families that the VA immediately begin recognizing all legal marriages, no matter what state the veteran lives in. These are benefits these veterans have earned serving our great nation."

It is currently the position of the Department of Veterans Affairs that the Supreme Court's decision in the Windsor case did not compel them to recognize the marriages of veterans living in non-marriage equality states for benefits purposes because of section 103c of Title 38. Rather, the VA looks to the veterans' state of residency at the time the benefits are being sought, not the state where the veteran was married.

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For more information about the American Military Partner Association and LGBT military families, please visit our home on the web at www.MilitaryPartners.org .

The American Military Partner Association ( AMPA ), a non-partisan and non-profit 501( c )3 organization based in Washington DC, is the nation's largest organization for LGBT military spouses and their families. Founded and led by same-sex military partners in 2009 as the Campaign for Military Partners, AMPA is committed to connecting, supporting, honoring, and serving the partners and spouses of America's LGBT service members and veterans."

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