VA to offer marital benefits to same-sex couples

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced it would extend marital benefits to same-sex couples who were ineligible for them before last week's Supreme Court decision struck down state bans on gay marriage, reports the Washington Post.

Until now, the law allowed VA to offer those benefits only to couples whose state of residence recognized same-sex marriages. VA now will act nationwide to remove restrictions on veterans’ pensions, VA home loans, burial rights, survivor benefits and disability compensation for same-sex couples in every state.

The move will affect previously ineligible vets living in 13 states which did not recognize same-sex marriage. VA is currently developing guidance to implement the new policy, the report said.

Reader comments

Wed, Jul 15, 2015

Couples who are not married regardless of their sexual preferences should not be eligible for marital benefits.

Mon, Jul 6, 2015

I hope an opposite sex couple who live together and are not married find a good lawyer and sue for the same rights and benefits. There is no reason they should not qualify.

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