U.S. Senator wants honorable discharges for gay service members kicked out of the military

Jul 26, 2015

Credit Flickr user Praveen / flickr http://michrad.io/1LXrdJM

U.S. Senator Gary Peters wants service members who were forced out of the military for their sexual orientation to have their statuses upgraded.

Peters is co-sponsoring the Restore Honor to Service Members Act to help simplfy the process of getting a less-than-honorable discharge for being gay changed to honorable.

"People who have lived with this on their record, have suffered as a result of that, and we want to make sure that they have the ability to move forward and get it rectified as quickly and simply as possible."

A less-than-honorable discharge can mean big consequences.

"You can be disqualified from certain benefits, particularly VA benefits," Peters said. "You can also be disqualified from civilian employment or even government employment."

Peters says the legislation  will also help simplify the process for corrective action.