On this Veterans Day, SAGE salutes Senators Hoylman and Addabbo for introducing landmark legislation to address the unfair treatment of LGBT veterans and to once and for all undo vestigial discrimination under the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. SAGE, the first and largest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT older adults, has long recognized the importance of LGBT veterans issues. That’s why we launched the SAGEVets program here in New York State. What we have seen across the Empire State is that LGBT veterans face significant barriers to accessing benefits, including the ability to challenge their discharge status. But even more so, our LGBT vets suffer with an array of challenges stemming from the discrimination and isolation that they faced while serving our great country.
We commend Senators Hoylman and Addabbo on recognizing the unique needs of LGBT vets and introducing this crucial legislation. We at SAGE look forward to continuing our work to help more LGBT veterans receive the competent and affirming care they deserve.
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