Wednesday, August 14, 2013
The Pentagon announced today it will extend benefits to same-sex military spouses, retroactive to June 26, 2013 - the date the Supreme Court ruled the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.
Those benefits include:
-Basic allowance for housing (BAH)
Benefits start for couples wed after June 26, 2013 on the date they were married.
According to a Department of Defense news release, couples will also get 10 days of marriage leave:
We recognize that same-sex military couples who are not stationed in a jurisdiction that permits same-sex marriage would have to travel to another jurisdiction to marry. That is why the department will implement policies to allow military personnel in such a relationship non-chargeable leave for the purpose of travelling to a jurisdiction where such a marriage may occur.
This will provide accelerated access to the full range of benefits offered to married military couples throughout the department, and help level the playing field between opposite-sex and same-sex couples seeking to be married.
Benefits will become available to married same-sex couples no later than September 3, 2013.