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Gillibrand bill offers hope to vets discharged for sexual orientation

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Thousands veterans who suffered a "dishonorable discharge" may get the chance to clear their record. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says she's introduced a bill to help veterans discharged because of their sexual orientation.

Gillibrand says it will streamline the process for removing discriminatory discharges from service records.  
"Right now too many of our veterans, too many of the men and women who sacrificed so much for this country have difficulty finding civilian employment because their military records are colored by a less than honorable discharge," Gillibrand said. 

Though the  "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy is history, Gillibrand says thousands of veterans still face discrimination. She believes no service member should be denied benefits because of their sexual orientation.