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IAVA CEO Statement on Biden Administration’s Move to Pardon Veterans Discharged Under UCMJ Article 125 

June 26, 2024

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Washington, D. C. – “Today’s action by the Biden Administration is a meaningful move on behalf of those who’ve served in uniform and were thoughtlessly discharged for who they were in an era that didn’t believe LGBTQ+ Americans were equal citizens under the law. But it doesn’t go nearly far enough toward righting the wrongs that our nation inflicted on LGBTQ+ servicemembers for generations, and still places an undue burden on the backs of veterans who were convicted under the Uniform Code of Military Justice’s Article 125. 

We can and must do more as a country to restore the honor of LGBTQ+ veterans who were discharged under the military’s ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy and through disciplinary action under the UCMJ’s Article 125.” 

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