Updating wwii discharge papers
“I resented that word ‘undesirable,’” said Dwork, who was expelled in 1944, at the height of the war, and is now a successful interior designer in New York. The board pointed out Dwork’s “exemplary period of active duty” and said that changing the terms of his discharge was done “in the interest of justice.” Navy officials declined to discuss Dwork’s case, citing privacy reasons.
“I think that with the end of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ there is a growing realization within the military that not only gays be allowed to serve openly now but this was probably the wrong policy all along,” said Aaron Belkin, an expert on gays in the U. military at the University of California, Los Angeles.
He added: “This illustrates, at least in the case of one person, that the military is trying to set things right.” About 100,000 troops were discharged between World War II and 1993 for being gay and lost their benefits as a result, Belkin said.
An increasing number of military veterans who received less-than-honorable discharges because they were classified as homosexual are applying to have their records changed to indicate an honorable discharge, The New York Times reports.
Up to 100,000 members of the military may have been discharged between World War II and the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" in 2011, the Times notes.