It was only a few months ago that gay soldiers had to keep hidden who they were and what were their ideas concerning love and marriage. Up until recently, any soldier found to be gay faced the prospect of being cashiered from the service. Dozens of gay soldiers were discharged due to their homosexuality and thus lost thousands of dollars. Ordinarily, those discharged receive some form of severance pay but homosexuals were denied this benefit. Due to pressure from the American Civil Liberties Union, a law suit was filed and finally resolved. The settlement requires that dozens of gay soldiers who were discharged now be paid the severance payment.
The settlement covers former military members who were discharged on or after November 10, 2004. A sad chapter can now be closed on the American military.