Gay Veteran Gets Honorable Discharge Decades Later

An 82-year-old Ohio veteran has been granted honorable discharge more than six decades after he was "undesirably" discharged from the Army for being gay, NBC News reported.

Donald Hallman appealed to the Army Review Board to change his discharge status in June, with the help of the organization Stonewall Columbus and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio.

On Friday, Stonewall Columbus wrote on Facebook: "We are SO very proud to announce that Veteran Donald Hallman has received his honorable discharge after once being given an 'undesirable' discharge and removed from the Army in 1955."

President Barack Obama repealed the military's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" rule in 2010, but Brown said about 100,000 service members were dishonorably discharged due to their sexual orientation before the change was made. Dishonorable discharge results in lost benefits.

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