U.S. military to begin offering pension, death benefits to same-sex couples

Same-sex couples will no longer be denied VA disability pay

A large rainbow flag is carried by members of the Monsanto group during the Grand Pride Parade in downtown St. Louis, Sunday, June 28, 2015. (Roberto Rodriguez/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

WASHINGTON D.C. (KRON) — The U.S. military is making big changes because of the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage.

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Monday it will begin offering the same pension and death benefits to same-sex couples as to heterosexual veterans.

Families said they are hoping it happens soon. The agency said it will work quickly to make sure that its offices and employees are ready to deal with the changes.

Same-sex couples will no longer be denied VA disability pay, home loan guarantees, death pensions and burial rights based on the laws of the states where they’ve lived and worked.

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