The Pentagon has maintained been granting around half of the standard separation pay amount for “troops who were honorably discharged for being open about their sexual orientation …”

The photograph was produced by T. Ortega Gaines for the Associated Press.

In an Aug. 22, 2011, photo, new recruits listened as a video informed them about the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy at Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina.

Service members typically are entitled to separation pay when leaving the military. For example, someone separating at the pay grade of E-5 after six years of service would be entitled to about $19,000 cash. (From Fox News.)

For years, the Pentagon has maintained a policy of granting about one-half of amount of the standard separation pay that our troops, who were discharged by the Pentagon because of their sexual orientation.

Among the plaintiffs was Richard Collins, a former staff sergeant in the Air Force who served for nine years until he was discharged in 2006 under “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

“We gave all we had to our country,” said former staff sergeant Richard Collins. He just wanted to receive the dignity and respect for our service as any other veterans.

Collins was stationed at Cannon Air Force Base, when a co-worker saw him kissing his boyfriend in their car while they were stopped at an off-base intersection.

Following the settlement, the government promised to contact the troops affected.

Only the troops “discharged since 2004 are eligible.” (Fox News.)

The statute of limitations on civil claims has been settled.

Also, in response, the spokeperson for the NRA, Andrew Arulanandum, said that Barack Obama should talk to the people buying firearms and ask them why they’re buying firearms.

States and cities have been moving against gun violence as well. In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, was poised to sign the most restrictive gun law in the nation, after he delivered a fiery speech last week on the need to make changes to the gun law in New York.

“This is a scourge on society,” Cuomo said Monday night, exactly one month after the massacre. “At what point do you say, `No more innocent loss of life’?” (According to Fox News.)

The NRA and other advocacy groups have pushed Obama off a fiscal cliff. (I hope you find this amusing, as I did. President Obama, instead of remaining in Washington, D.C., went on a vacation to Hawaii.)

Cuomo ordered the Justice Department to crack down on those who tend to lie about their background checks. However, on a very few people are being prosecuted.

Such a step has received support from the NRA, that has consistently argued that existing laws should be enforced before new ones are considered.