Published June 28, 2013
WASHINGTON – Just two years ago, gays and lesbians were prevented from serving openly in the military. Soon, they'll be able to share a wide range of veterans' benefits with their same-sex spouses.
The Supreme Court this week said married same-sex couples are entitled to the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples who had wed.
Same-sex spouses of military veterans now will be able to get help with college tuition and be buried in a national cemetery.
Veterans in same-sex marriages also will see an increase in their monthly disability payments, amounting to several thousands of dollars over their lifetime.
Members of Congress are waiting for a report from the Veterans Affairs Department on when and how same-sex couples can access their benefits.
It's not clear whether legislation will be needed.