Assemblymember Bloom Asks Military to Revise Dishonorable Discharges Given to Gay Vets

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

(Sacramento) – Since World War II, it is estimated that over 100,000 homosexual veterans were dishonorably discharged from the United States military based on their sexual orientation.  This discharge status prevents men and women who have served our country from obtaining veterans benefits they have earned and many times allows discrimination against them in the private sector as well.  California State Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) authored Assembly Joint Resolution 44, which urges the Department of Defense, Congress and the President to create an efficient process by which veterans forced out of the military, because of sexual orientation, can change their discharge status.  AJR 44 was overwhelming passed by the California Assembly.  Watch this Assembly Access Video to view Assemblymember Bloom’s presentation of AJR 44 on the Floor of the Assembly.