VA Announces Same Sex Benefits

New guidance policy issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) ensures that all married veteran couples will be recognized as equally entitled in seeking benefits.

The VA now recognizes all same-sex marriages without regard to a Veteran’s state of residence.  The VA has also announced it will be updating all official forms to replace references to ‘husband’ or ‘wife’ with ‘spouse’ only.


As a result of the VA announcement, Lambda Legal and the American Military Partner Association (AMPA) announced that they are concluding litigation against the VA following the VA's changes to its policies on benefits ending discrimination against veterans and their same-sex spouses. The new policies are consistent with the June 2015 US Supreme Court decision in Obergefell that struck down marriage discrimination.


Those with questions or concerns about discrimination or denial of a protection to which they are entitled should contact Lambda Legal's Help Desk at 1-866-542-8336.




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