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President Biden pardons veterans convicted under regulation used to keep LGBTQ members from serving

President Biden pardons veterans convicted under regulation used to keep LGBTQ members from serving
President Biden has pardoned veterans who were convicted by the military under a regulation that allowed people to be kicked out for being gay.

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President Biden has announced that he has pardoned U.S. veterans who were convicted by the military under a regulation that allowed people to be kicked out for being gay. The White House stated that this decision will impact thousands of veterans, though officials declined to give a specific number. The move is seen as an effort to correct the injustices endured by LGBTQ service members who were forced out of the military because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The practical impact of offering clemency to these veterans is that it could allow them to take advantage of benefits they've been denied, such as military pensions, home loans, and college tuition benefits. However, veterans will not automatically have their convictions wiped – they have to apply and go through a military approval process. This announcement comes on the heels of multiple other efforts since the repeal of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy to address the injustices endured by LGBTQ service members. Since 2012, service members who were kicked out have been able to apply to a military board for a chance to have official records upgraded to remove references to sexual orientation and qualify for more benefits. However, only one-in-four eligible veterans has done so, according to the Pentagon.

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