The same folks who voted to cut the 1 percent Cost of Living Adjustment for retirees and service-disabled retirees (because we were costing the government too much) now want to retroactively provide benefits to those previously discharged under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.
According to a report in Stars and Stripes by Matthew M. Burke, “A bill that would upgrade the service records of gay, lesbian and bisexual troops discharged due to sexual orientation and open the door to veterans’ benefits has been introduced in the Senate and referred to the Armed Services Committee for review, officials said. The Restore Honor to Service Members Act was introduced Jan. 30 by Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. The bill mirrors one introduced in the House in June by Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., and Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis.”
Should it pass, the bill would instill the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell into law. All service members who were discharged because of their sexual orientation would then receive a “timely, consistent and transparent” review, and those who served honorably would see their records upgraded. This would open the door to benefits.
The defense priority of liberal progressives and the White House is clearly on display. Yesterday we did a report on the Pentagon’s edict allowing beards, turbans, and hijabs in the military. Now we have another piece of legislation providing insight into what the Obama administration deems “vital national security interest.”
This is a purely political maneuver to gain and maintain support of the LGBT community during the mid-term elections and use against anyone not supporting it.
Well I’ve got a better idea. Michael Behenna was granted parole just this week. Why not give him restitution? I also find it a gross hypocrisy that Hamid Karzai releases Taliban killers with American blood on their hands but we still have imprisoned men who were faithfully serving the country they love — such as LT Clint Lorance and others. Not to mention the absolutely despicable treatment of Marine SGT Larry Hutchins who has been “rearrested” for another trial in a case for which he had been previously acquitted.
Obviously, the LGBT lobby in America, albeit quite small, has the ear of the Democrats and President Obama. We sorry saps who followed orders, served, sacrificed, and were discharged honorably (and yes, that does include me) don’t have the lobby power and are just cannon fodder.
Say what you may, but the national security of these United States of America is not a priority for President Obama and the progressive socialists. Politics is their mantra, appeasing collective groups is their calling card. All the while, we are watching our military readiness being decimated.