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State Senate Votes To Restore State Benefits to Vets Discharged Under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut lawmakers are seeking to restore state benefits to gay and lesbian veterans discharged under the U.S. military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

On Wednesday, the Senate voted 34-0 in favor of legislation making veterans eligible for state benefits if they’ve been denied federal benefits solely because of their sexual orientation. The veteran’s federal benefits must have also been reinstated.

The bill now moves to the House of Representatives.

From Dec. 21, 1993, until Sept. 20, 2011, openly gay and lesbian members of the military were prohibited from serving in the armed forces under the policy known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Those who violated the policy were discharged.

Stamford Sen. Carlo Leone said Connecticut’s bill “cannot undo the mistakes of our past” but can help restore rightly earned benefits.
(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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