Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Veterans
LGBT Veterans are eligible for the same VA benefits as any other Veteran and will be treated in a welcoming environment.
Transgender Veterans will be treated based upon their self-identified gender, including room assignments in residential and inpatient settings.
Same-Sex Couples: VA launched a new website to inform Veterans and beneficiaries of the recent changes in the law and procedures involving same-sex marriages. Veterans can learn more about VA’s guidance regarding same-sex marriages at www.va.gov/opa/marriage.
On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court held in Obergefell v. Hodges that the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution requires a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state. Accordingly, VA may now recognize the same-sex marriage of all Veterans for VA purposes.