Board of Advisors
Charles (Charlie) Brown
LTC USAF (Ret)
Governor Michael Dukakis
Evelyn (Pat) Foote
BG USA (Ret)
Hon. John Garamendi
D.O. (Spike) Helmick
Commissioner CHP (frmr CANG)
CMSgt USA - Tuskegee Airman
Joseph P. Hoar
General USMC (ret)
Hon. P. N. (Pete) McCloskey
Col USMCR (Ret)
Hon. Arthur (Art) Torres
(former CA Senator)
James L. Williams
Maj Gen USMC (Ret)
Please examine our founding documents, our programs, and our official reports. Starting a state chapter? The guidebook is here.
There are certain documents that provide the underpinning for what we do, not only as an organization, but as a nation. These are available here
Class Action Suit
In 2007 we reluctantly sued the Veterans Administration to improve medical care for veterans, particularly those returning from the current conflicts.
The documentation through the end of the original suit in Federal District Court is here.
The documentation on the Appeal in the US Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit is here.
Upgrade LGBT Veterans’ Discharges Now!
Petition by Bob Handy
To be delivered to President Barack Obama
President Obama – We demand you issue an Executive Order today to upgrade the discharges of 100,000+ gay and lesbian veterans who served their country honorably.
Click here to sign the petition
Petition Background President Obama has the authority to direct the Department of Defense to automatically upgrade the less-than-honorable discharges to Honorable Discharges for gay and lesbian veterans who were kicked out solely because they were guilty of being homosexuals. This presidential option is no different than when President Jimmy Carter on his first day in office on 1/21/1977, issued an Executive Order granting unconditional pardons to hundreds of thousands of men who evaded the draft during the Vietnam War.
Over 100,000 veterans who served honorably received less-than-honorable discharges simply for being gay or lesbian. Title 10 USC §1553 Current rules requires that each such veteran apply individually to a Discharge Review Board, or a Board of Correction of Military Records, to right this wrong. Most of these requests are denied because the boards presume the correctness of the original discharge and place the burden of proving otherwise on the individual veteran making it a costly and multi-year long process.
Veterans’ less-than-honorable discharges become “scarlet letters”, barring them from veterans’ benefits, costing them government and other jobs, leaving many to grapple with shame for decades.
Since “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was repealed, Congress has refused to act on the proposed “Restore Honor to Service Members Act” that would grant upgrades to veterans discharged solely for being gay. So, we need President Obama to issue an Executive Order to upgrade those discharges now!
VUFT’s Five -Point Philosophy