Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has announced that the military will extend some benefits to same-sex partners. KUNC’s Grace Hood has more on what the move will mean for the 26-thousand men and women serving at Fort Carson.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Monday’s announcement allows same sex domestic partners to access more than 20 benefits including childcare and commissaries that sell groceries and other items on base. In order to tap into the benefits, individuals will be required to sign a declaration of domestic partnership. Fort Carson spokesperson Loran Doane:

“Fort Carson leadership will take any and all necessary steps to ensure that we follow DOD’s guidance and that we implement the policy.”

Doane adds that full implementation could take as long as 8 months. NOT included in the announcement were housing payments and health care benefits, which military officials say couldn’t be included because of the Federal Defense of Marriage Act.

 

Comments are closed.

News

Getty Images
February 13, 2016 | NPR · Ted Cruz said he doesn’t consider waterboarding torture, and Donald Trump said he would bring back “worse” methods. We break down whether that would be an option under the law.
 

iStockphoto
February 13, 2016 | NPR · Marriage proposals are pretty routine at America’s high-end restaurants. They can lift the mood in the entire dining room, boost tips and create lifelong customers. Unless the answer is “no,” that is.
 

Hanna Barczyk for NPR
February 13, 2016 | NPR · Ghana is a land of many sayings, often starring an animal. Only the meaning is not always clear. We turned to our correspondent on the ground for answers.
 

Arts & Life

NPR
February 13, 2016 | NPR · In Tender, Irish novelist Belinda McKeon takes readers through the infatuation and obsession that comes with a lopsided love affair.
 

AP
February 13, 2016 | NPR · A medical mystery that started in Brazil. Nairobi’s bustling food scene. Women and guns. And the man behind a new literary movement.
 

Caesars Entertainment
February 13, 2016 | KNPR · With its elaborate headdresses, colorful sequined gowns and statuesque dancers, Jubilee was the classic Las Vegas show. But times and tastes change, and the last performance will be on Feb. 11.
 

Music

Courtesy of NAL
February 13, 2016 | NPR · “Life can change you on amazing trails if you let it,” Stewart says. His new memoir tells the story of those changes — and his complicated relationship with Annie Lennox.
 

Courtesy of the artist
February 13, 2016 | WXPN · Hear in-studio performances from “Best New Artist” contender Courtney Barnett and nine other World Cafe guests who are up for Grammys this Monday.
 

Courtesy of the artist
February 13, 2016 | NPR · In spite of civil war, Mali has produced extraordinary artists and music. NPR’s Linda Wertheimer speaks with one of the country’s stars about her new album Né So — meaning “home.”
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab