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Air Force Secretary Expects Review of Military's Transgender Ban

NATIONAL | By Justin Snow | Dec 14
The military's longstanding ban on open transgender service is likely to face review within the next year, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said in an interview with USA Today published Wednesday.

Fast Cash, Schemes in Camo

NATIONAL | By Eric Tucker | Nov 16
Fabian Barrera found a way to make fast cash in the Texas National Guard, earning roughly $181,000 for claiming to have steered 119 potential recruits to join the military. The problem: He didn't really refer anyone.

Protesters Demand Philippine Custody of US Marine

INTERNATIONAL | By Jim Gomez | Oct 14
Activists burned a mock U.S. flag as they protested at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, demanding that Washington hand over to the Philippines a U.S. Marine suspected in the killing of a transgender Filipino that the demonstrators labeled a hate crime.

Rights of Same-Sex Military Spouses Vary by State

NATIONAL | Sep 23
Last year's Supreme Court ruling striking down DOMA ensured that federal military benefits extend to same-sex partners and their children. But about 2/3 of active-duty personnel in the U.S. are based in states that don't recognize same-sex marriage.

Veterans Affairs Sued For Denying Gay Marriage Benefits

POLITICS | By Winnie McCroy | Aug 20
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is being sued over its refusal to grant spousal benefits to same-sex military couples in states where these marriages are not recognized.

Anti-Gay Activist Condemns Servicemen, Boy Scouts

PRIDE | By Bobby McGuire | Jul 2
Linda Harvey, hate-monger, author and champion of archaic hairstyling choices, took to her radio show Wednesday to condemn military service members and Boy Scouts who marched in Sunday’s Gay Pride March in New York City.

DVA Recognizes Lesbian War Widow as a Surviving Spouse

WORKPLACE | By Winnie McCroy | Jun 13
The Department of Veterans Affairs has decided to retroactively recognize the nation’s first known same-sex war widow, Tracy Johnson, as the legal spouse of the late SSG Donna Johnson killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan.

Military Color Guard to March in DC Gay Pride Parade

PRIDE | By Jason St. Amand | Jun 6
For the first time, a U.S. military color guard is expected to march alongside rainbow flags in Washington’s gay pride parade.

Wounded Service Women Take Western River Rafting Trip

HEALTH | By Winnie McCroy | May 13
Western River Expeditions and Wounded Warriors team up for a four-day Colorado River rafting trip for up to 25 service women who have experienced emotional or physical trauma from their recent overseas tours of duty.

Rosemary Williams Keynotes AMPA Gala

POLITICS | By Winnie McCroy | May 12
Rosemary F. Williams will keynote AMPA’s inaugural national gala dinner on May 17 in Washington, DC.

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