You will be redirected to the page you want to view in  seconds.

La. Guard sites to take same-sex benefit form

Dec. 5, 2013 - 01:05PM   |  
  • Filed Under

BATON ROUGE, LA. — Louisiana National Guard personnel seeking benefits for same-sex spouses will have an easier time filing the requests, despite a state refusal to let its workers process the paperwork.

National Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Mike Kazmierzak said Thursday that employees at National Guard sites in Louisiana are being given federal status to allow for handling the benefit enrollment requests for same-sex couples.

Kazmierzak says the move will keep state employees from violating Louisiana’s ban on gay marriage. But it also will put Louisiana more in line with a Pentagon directive authorizing the same-sex benefits.

Previously, the Louisiana National Guard had been requiring people seeking the same-sex benefits to file the paperwork with federal military installations around the state for processing, a requirement that could force long trips to the closest site.

Answers by RallyPoint

Join trending discussions in the military's #1 professional community. See what members like yourself have to say from across the DoD.

More In News

Start your day with a roundup of top defense news.

VA Home Loan

Search By:

Product Options:
Zip Code:

News for your in-box

Sign up now for free Military Times E-Reports. Choose from Money and Education. Subscribers: log in for premium e-newsletters.

This Week's Navy Times

This Week's Navy Times

Go mustang
LDO and warrant careers offer more authority, a pay hike and big retirement payout

Subscribe for Print or Digital delivery today!

MilitaryTimes Green Trusted Classifieds Looking to buy, sell and connect on Military Times?
Browse expanded listings across hundreds of military installations.
Faces of valorHonoring those who fought and died in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
hall of valorThe Hall of Valor is a searchable database of valor award citations collected by Doug Sterner, a Vietnam veteran and Military Times contributing editor, and by Military Times staff.

All you need to know about your military benefits.

Benefits handbook

Guard & Reserve All you need to know about the Guard & Reserve.

guard and reserve handbook