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18-Year Navy Veteran Asks VA to Recognize Same-Sex Marriage: VIDEO


An 18-year NAvy veteran is appealing to Veterans Affairs to receive benefits for her wife and took her case public yesterday, WTNH reports:

Three Yale law school students filed a notice of appeal in court today. They say this may be the first time that a veteran is asking the VA to recognize same sex marriage.

"I would like to share with you my life story of being an American, and serving for my country as a homosexual," says Carmen Cardona.

Cardona who legally married her partner is being told by the VA that she can not receive benefits for her wife. Cardona served in the military for 18 years. Shortly after she was honorably discharged in 2000, she began receiving service-related disability benefits from the VA for carpal tunnel syndrome that she developed as a result of her service duties.

Watch WTNH's report, AFTER THE JUMP...

Gay veteran fights VA for benefits: wtnh.com

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  1. It's a shame she went with the right-wing buzzword of "homosexual". Obviously, I support her 100%, but she needs some media coaching. If you're going to be the first, you have to get it right.

    Posted by: ohplease | Oct 14, 2011 12:16:16 PM

  2. I don't doubt that these Yale law students are bright and enthusiastic, but I'd feel better if I saw some experienced, middle-aged or older lawyers standing with her.

    This is an important case, not just for her but for whatever good or bad precedent gets set. So she [we] needs savvy lawyers.

    Posted by: K in VA | Oct 14, 2011 1:02:55 PM

  3. Ditto on the lawyers. The pros will do this right by lining up a group of claimants. Takes a little longer but makes a stronger case. And you don't have all your eggs in one basket as it were.

    Posted by: will | Oct 14, 2011 3:26:24 PM

  4. And carpal tunnel? not a good place to start.

    Posted by: will | Oct 14, 2011 3:28:26 PM

  5. I didn't know Yale high school had a law class. Adorable.

    Posted by: mintylaramie | Oct 15, 2011 2:34:44 AM

  6. The irony is that we see (presumably str8) soldiers dancing with each other in musical videos they put online all the time.

    Posted by: Coach Outlet | Apr 23, 2012 5:27:56 PM

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