Rectify Veteran/Military Discharge Resolution

Resolution 12-11.05

 

WHEREAS, since 1778 the Armed Forces in all of its services and components have discharged members for homosexuality, often in a capricious and arbitrary manner, granting discharges which were often punitive but just as often honorable but with a Military Separation Code which barred the member from benefits and reenlistment because of homosexuality, sexual perversion, or attempting or concluding a marriage with a member of the same sex; and,

WHEREAS, Title 10 USC §1553 establishes a route for appeal of such discharges through the Discharge Review Boards and the Boards of Correction of Military Records , but the services are under no obligation to initiate such corrections, but require that each individual so affected pursue a long and often costly process for the upgrading of discharges and the correction of their military record; and,

WHEREAS, the overturning of 10 USC §654 "Don't Ask Don't Tell" has ended the discharge practice but has not made whole the record of those so discharged.

 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party asks the Congress of the United States under its Constitutional mandate "to make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces" to require the Armed Forces in all its services and components to initiate both the upgrading of discharges and the correction of military records, without an individual petition, for all those who were discharged, either honorably or other-than-honorably, as homosexuals, including those discharged as "unfit", "unsuitable", or "undesirable" where homosexuality was the underlying cause, as long as no other charge was levied against them; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that under the auspices of the Governor of California the California National Guard set the example for the nation by initiating such a proactive program for its discharged members who fall under these criteria.

 

Sandy Cook LTCOL US Army Ret; Bob Handy HMC USN Ret; Art Torres Senator Ret, Past Chair CDP; Shawn Terris  Veteran, CAPT USMC ; Russ Weed LTCOL USAF Ret; Roger Hart Veteran, Capt USAF; Don Katz Veteran USAF; Karen Marie Otter Veteran, SSGT US Army; George Giacoppe LTCOL US Army Ret; Ron Dexter Veteran, US Navy ; Vitali Mostovoj, LTC USAF (Ret); Mike Farrell, Veteran USMC; Jim B. Clarke CDR USCGR Ret; Michael "Mickey" Foster Veteran US ARMY ; Loretta Redd, Veteran Capt, USAF; Ellery Price Veteran US Army; Bob Mulholland Veteran US ARMY; Eddie Tabash

 

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Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its November 2012 Executive Board Meeting
Westin Hotel, Millbrae
November 18, 2012 

 

 

 

 

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