For six years following his graduation from the Naval Academy, Jim Estep served his country and risked his life as a fighter pilot. Despite a string of exemplary fitness reports, Estep was forced to leave the service and was given a less than honorable discharge. About fifteen years after his discharge, Estep tried to appeal the decision and get his discharge upgraded, but he was turned down by the Defense Department. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage, Estep felt it was time for him to try again - to try and finally clear his name and right a wrong that he's lived with for 51 years.
Gay veteran honorably discharged 60 years after he was kicked out
Kicked Out Of Air Force For Being Gay, Helen Grace James Wins Honorable Discharge : NPR
The United States military formerly excluded gay men , bisexuals , and lesbians from service. In , the United States Congress passed, and President William "Bill" Clinton signed a law instituting the policy commonly referred to as " Don't ask, don't tell " DADT which allowed gay, lesbian, and bisexual people to serve as long as they did not reveal their sexual orientation. Although there were isolated instances in which service personnel were met with limited success through lawsuits, efforts to end the ban on openly gay, lesbian, and bisexual people serving either legislatively, or through the courts initially proved unsuccessful. In , two federal courts ruled the ban on openly gay, lesbian, and bisexual service personnel unconstitutional, and on July 6, , a federal appeals court suspended the DADT policy. In December , the House and Senate passed and President Barack Obama signed the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of , and under its provisions, restrictions on service by gay, lesbian, and bisexual personnel ended as of September 20, To train the new American Army in the latest military drills and tactics, General George Washington brought in Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben —94 , who had been an officer on the German General staff. Von Steuben escaped Germany where he was threatened with prosecution for homosexuality.
An Honorable Last Wish For A Dying Marine
While the world seems to have mixed feelings … Continued. By Jack Mandaville May 30, Quite often, the celebrities and soldiers we cherish have spent time cutting their teeth in both worlds. Most notably, Medal of Honor recipient and U.
Hodges legalizing same-sex marriage. The VA now recognizes all same-sex marriages of veterans nationwide. All veterans in same-sex marriages who believe they are entitled to benefits can apply for benefits. Any veterans with claims to benefits based on same-sex marriage that were previously denied are now able to reapply for benefits.