RSVP now for the 2015 Spectrum/Knights Out Gala at West Point on March 28, 2015.
Check out this article in the Past In Review by Zoe Kreitenberg ‘16 as she discusses being gay at West Point.
Mark your calendar for March 28, 2015.
We hope you are as excited as we are about the 2015 Spectrum/Knights Out Gala. Join cadets, faculty, alumni and friends of the Academy for a social evening overlooking the Hudson, where we will hear from special guests that have made a difference in every corner of the Armed Forces and beyond.
Tickets will be available soon.
The Palm Center today issued a study that concluded "there is no compelling medical reason for the ban" on transgender service in the American military, and urged the President to change the administrative rule by executive order. Repealing the medical ban would lift medical rules affecting an estimated 15,000 currently serving personnel. The impacts of the medical ban resemble the adverse effects Don't Ask, Don't Tell had on gay, lesbian and bisexual servicemembers, with the additional burden of preventing transgender personnel from getting helpful treatment.
For more information, see the full study, the Palm Center's press release, or Lisa Leff's Associated Press coverage of it.
DFAS has announced an Open Enrollment Widow for the DoD Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) for same sex couples.
Military Retirees who were married to a same-sex spouse on or before June 26, 2013, may now have spouse coverage in the SBP. Depending on the retiree’s circumstances, enrollment for their spouse may be automatic or the retiree may need to elect spouse coverage. Either way, retirees MUST ACT by June 25, 2014 to participate in the SBP Open Enrollment Window.
The DFAS announcement encourages Military Retirees with same-sex spouses to visit http://go.usa.gov/Ww6x as soon as possible for more information to learn what steps are to be taken by June 25, 2014 to secure or decline the SBP benefit for their spouse. (NOTE: The above link takes you to the DFAS website that discusses the general topic of SBP and making the election. (See: http://www.dfas.mil/retiredmilitary/provide/sbp.html) There are other links to websites with information about who is eligible, costs, and the procedures.)
Although it is not discussed in the DFAS announcement, same-sex “former spouses” would also be eligible for court awarded Former Spouse SBP coverage in the event of a divorce or dissolution of a same-sex marriage.