Monday, June 27, 2016

Navy Sailors and Marines Discharged Under Gay Ban are Urged to Appeal.



Navy Times reports:  "Navy Department officials are urging the thousands of sailors and Marines forced out of the military because of their sexuality in previous decades to come forward and appeal their discharge — in a step to restore benefits and right a historical wrong.

The Board for Correction of Naval Records can overturn a wide range of records, from counseling letters to detachments for cause, but recently they have been putting the word out to veterans who were separated because of the military's "Don't ask, don't tell" policy — and its previous across-the-board ban — that they can have their discharges upgraded and their reenlistment codes or reason codes changed to reflect a post-DADT world.

"If you were discharged under 'Don’t ask, don’t tell,' come in," Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said in a June 8 speech at a Pentagon event for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month. "The Board of Corrections for Naval Records will take a look at changing that discharge characterization … If you have colleagues that were discharged under that, ask them to come in — if it’s under the regulations, get that discharge characterization changed....."

Full article:  
http://www.navytimes.com/story/military/2016/06/24/former-sailors-marines-booted-under-gay-ban-urged-appeal/86146014/

Food for thought:
I was recently contacted by a representative of the BCNR, notifying me that they have received my Civil Action case against the Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, on remand by order of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.  

In the letter she stated, "They will review my case as soon as a crowded docket will permit." Translation, it could take several years before they make their final decision, hoping they would wait me out long enough and I die before they would admit their injustice against me!! 

While Fighting for Justice in my case, "I've sat on the sidelines and watched how Congress uses our Veterans as pawns on a chessboard.  When I received Judge Collyer's ruling in April, I shared the outcome via social media. Hoping to encourage other Veterans to file a "Class Action Human Rights lawsuit with the Supreme Court against the Secretary of the Defense."  I even sat through an hour in a half  humiliating interview with FoX 5 News to get my story out.  I will never do that to myself again!!!

The ruling substantiated that I was in fact a Whistleblower and my superiors had in fact retaliated against me, thus failing to uphold my Civil Rights, which is the case with thousands of other survived victims of military injustice, that were punished (retaliated against) for reporting "Rape, Sexual Assault, Harassment, Retaliation, Discrimination or other Civil or Human Rights violations."  

My case was a Civil Action case thus establishing a legal precedent for Retaliation and Human Rights violations, which was argued in my final motion. My superiors had in fact violated the Civil Rights Act and Equal Employment Opportunity Act, while "Misinterpreting" the Military Whistleblower's Protection Act?!  Really?!!!