For Immediate Release
June 26, 2014
DC – Bill Silverfarb (202) 225-3531 / (202) 957-4340 cell
CA – Katrina Rill (650) 342-0300 / (650) 208-7441 cell
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswomen Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) issued the following statement after introducing theMilitary Separation Pay Fairness Act that will restore owed separation pay to military service members discharged under the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. From 1993 to 2010, approximately 14,000 military service members were discharged under the policy for homosexuality or homosexual acts, and most only received one-half separation pay.
“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was an unjust policy that punished service members based on their sexual orientation. Thousands and thousands of men and women were discharged from the military under a discriminatory directive that stipulated homosexual service members receive only one half of the separation pay they rightfully earned,” Congresswoman Speier said. “My bill will require that the rest of these DADT service members who served for 6 or more years receive the difference between their original payment and full separation pay plus interest within 90 days. First, we unjustly kicked them out of the military and then they received just half of their separation pay. It’s deplorable that this discrimination has been allowed to continue.”
The Military Separation Pay Fairness Act has 28 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives. The bill is supported by the Human Rights Campaign, ACLU, SDLN/OutServe, and the American Military Partners Association.
Congresswoman Jackie Speier is proud to represent California’s 14th Congressional District, which includes parts of San Francisco and San Mateo counties. She is a senior member of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the House Armed Services Committee (HASC). In her role on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the Congresswoman is a ranking member on the Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care, and Entitlements and serves on the Subcommittee on National Security. She serves on the Readiness Subcommittee and the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee on HASC and is a member of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. Congresswoman Speier was appointed to serve as a Senior Whip for the Democratic caucus in the 113th Congress.