As many as 3,300 people could be looking at getting a nice little check from the government, thanks to the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU settled a class action lawsuit with the federal government, allowing for service members who were discharged under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell to receive full separation pay, because of DADT, many of those discharged only received 1/2 separation pay. The total amount withheld just from the 181 veterans the ACLU represented is about $2.4 million. The settlement is retroactive to November 10 2004, as far back as the statute of limitations allows.
Joshua Block, staff attorney for the ACLU LGBT Project said in a statement, “It makes no sense to continue to penalize service members who were discharged under a discriminatory statute that has already been repealed. The amount of the pay owed to these veterans is small by military standards, but is hugely significant in acknowledging their service to their country.”
via Think Progress