VA Extends Survivorship Benefits to LGBTQ+ Partners

Partners who were unable to marry now qualify.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently announced that survivorship benefits will be provided to many partners of deceased LGBTQ+ veterans. Gay marriage became legal in 2015, and there are many long-term partners of deceased veterans that were unable to receive survivorship benefits because it was not legal for them to be married.

“VA is closing a gap in benefits for surviving spouses of LGBTQ+ Veterans, righting a wrong that is a legacy of the discriminatory federal ban on same-sex marriages,” said Secretary Denis McDonough. “It is VA’s mission to serve all Veterans – including LGTBQ+ Veterans – as well as they’ve served our country, and this decision is a key part of that effort.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Secretary McDonough as he implements benefits for the partners of veterans.
  • For VA officials to be discerning as they review the qualifying individuals for benefits and coverage.

Sources: Department of Veterans Affairs


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