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H.R.2839: Restore Honor to Service Members Act

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Sponsor Mark Pocan, D-Wis.
Total Cosponsors 145 (144 Democrats, 1 Republican)
Introduced July 25, 2013
Latest Major Action Aug. 29, 2013
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Bill Summary

Restore Honor to Service Members Act - Requires appropriate military record correction boards or discharge review boards to review the discharge characterization of any former members of the Armed Forces requesting a review who were discharged because of their sexual orientation. Permits such boards to change a characterization to honorable if such characterization is any characterization except honorable.

Directs the Secretary of Defense (DOD) to ensure that any such changes are carried out consistently and uniformly across the military departments using specified criteria, including that: (1) the original discharge was based on the policy of Don't Ask Don't Tell (as in effect before it was repealed pursuant to the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010) or a similar earlier policy; and (2) the discharge characterization will be changed if, with respect to the original discharge, there were no aggravating circumstances, such as misconduct, that would have independently ...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Aug. 29, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.
July 25, 2013 Referred to the House Committee on Armed Services.