The Pentagon will offer spouses of same-sex marriages the same housing, health care and separation benefits that have been available to a man and a woman who are married.
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Highlights of Pentagon changes on same-sex benefits
• DOD will implement policies to allow military personnel in a same-sex relationship in a state where gay marriage is illegal to leave for the purpose of travelling to a jurisdiction where such a marriage may occur.
• DOD Secretary Chuck Hagel expects all spousal and family benefits, including ID cards, will be made available to same sex spouses no later than Sept. 3.
• Entitlements such as TRICARE enrollment, basic allowance for housing and family separation allowance are retroactive to the date of the Supreme Court’s decision on June 26.