Home / CIVIL RIGHTS / Maj. Margaret Witt Wil Retire With Full Benefits

Maj. Margaret Witt Wil Retire With Full Benefits

Major Margaret Witt reached a settlement with the Department of Justice that allows her to retire with full benefits and requires the Department of Defense to remove ?DADT? discharge from her military record.

Seattle Pi reports:

Seven years after Air Force Maj. Margaret Witt was suspended under Department of Defense anti-gay restrictions, the decorated flight nurse has settled with the Pentagon.

Per the agreement, Witt will retire with full benefits and her discharge will be removed from her record. The settlement ends a legal fight that began Witt?s suspension in 2004 and continued after her discharge in 2006.

During a tearful announcement at the Seattle office of the American Civil Liberties Union, Witt thanked her family, parents and fellow service members who stood by her during a trial last year that ended with a federal judge ruling that Witt?s dismissal served no military benefit.

Speaking Tuesday, Witt noted that 14,000 service members have been discharged under the now-defunct ?Don?t Ask, Don?t Tell? policy. Most of them, she said, were drummed out in silence.

?I was one of the fortunate few who had a legal team who was willing to step up and fight,? Witt said.

Read the full report via SEATTLE PI