New Mexico judge awards "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"-discharged service members back pay
- 181 U.S. military veterans who were discharged under the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy will receive their full back pay following a judge’s ruling on a lawsuit filed by the ACLU in New Mexico.
- $13,000 is the average amount that each former soldier, sailor, Marine or pilot will receive as a result of the lawsuit, which granted full back-pay to any member of the U.S. military discharged during or after November 2004.
- $2.4M will be paid out in total by the Pentagon, which had originally halved the separation pay of any service member who was discharged under the old “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. source