Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) was the horribly misguided policy that allowed lesbian, gay, and bisexual people to serve in the U.S. military as long as they didn’t disclose their sexual orientation. President Bill Clinton introduced the policy as a sort of compromise between forces advocating for and against lesbian, gay, and bisexual people in the military. DADT went into effect in 1994 and was mercifully ended by President Obama in 2011.
The issue isn’t dead yet, though. The service members who were dishonorably discharged under DADA aren’t receiving the benefits they rightfully earned in the military.