Supreme Court Decision Affects VA Benefits

In its landmark June 2013 Windsor decision, the United States Supreme Court struck down a section of the Defense of Marriage Act which definedmarriage as a union between one man and one woman. Changes based on the Windsor decision have come rapidly. The Internal Revenue Service announced that it would treat legally married same-sex couples the same as heterosexual married couples.  The Pentagon extended full benefits to same-sex spouses of service members and civilian employees.

More recently, the Obama administration announced that it will stop enforcing sections of the law that provide for benefits for U.S. veterans.  The sections define marriage as between a man and a woman and deny legally married same-sex couples Veterans Affairs benefits like health care and disability payments.

Such changes affect legally married same-sex couples.  Questions have been raised in states such as Ohio which do not recognize same-sex marriages.

Joe is an accredited attorney with the Department of Veterans Affairs.  If you have any questions about your VA benefits, please contact Joseph P. Mattera at (937) 223-1130 or


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