Navy to Initiate Benefits for Domestic Partners

According to a recent Navy News report, the Navy will begin training leadership and support elements to be ready to provide military benefits to same-sex domestic partners of servicemembers and their children. Domestic partners will be eligible for benefits August 31, 2013.

The new benefits for same-sex couples will include the following:

  • Dependent ID cards (DD Form 1173) which will be renewed in accordance with existing policies.

  • Commissary and Exchange Privileges.

  • Access to Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR).

  • Space-Available Travel on DoD Aircraft.

  • Joint duty assignment (collocation) for dual-military partners.

  • Access to Legal Assistance.

  • Access to most Family Center Programs.

  • Access to child and youth programs. This includes child care, youth programs and youth sponsorship.

  • Emergency leave and emergency leave of absence for the military member to attend to partner emergencies.

  • Access to sexual assault counseling program. Emergency care provided; additional care determined by medical eligibility.

  • Exemption from hostile-fire areas for dual-military if partner is killed in a combat zone.

  • Transportation to and from certain places of employment and on military installations.

  • Transportation to and from Primary and Secondary school for minor dependents.

  • Disability and death compensation: dependents of members held as captives.

  • Payments to missing person.

  • Authorization to participate in surveys of military families, including the quadrennial quality of life review.

  • Authority of Service Secretary to transport remains of a dependent.
See your VSO for more details.

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