Military Same-Sex Partners To Start Receiving Benefits On Sept. 1
Hooray! It appears same-sex domestic partners of military service members (and their families) will begin receiving military benefits and military identification cards as of September 1st.
"The Department of Defense extended benefits and issuance of ID cards to same-sex domestic partners (SSDPs) with the release of Secretary Panetta’s Memorandum dated 11 February 2013, Subject: Extending Benefits to Same-Sex Domestic Partners of Military Members.
The Defense Manpower Data Center is committed to upgrading DEERS/RAPIDS so that eligible SSDPs and their families can begin receiving benefits/ID cards on 1 September 2013."
Per this memo, “The dependents’ ID cards will entitle partners to scores of benefits, as outlined by then-Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta in a February policy decision" reports The Washington Times.
Our gay and lesbian servicemembers and their families have waited a long time for this. Hopefully they'll hit the target date!