Disability Discrimination and the U.S. Military
Did you know that 522,421 Vets are Waiting for Benefits and the average wait time is about 344 days?
We think we can all agree that America’s military personnel deserve our deepest respect and appreciation. That’s the reason for today’s blog post.
Not too long ago, a landmark settlement was reached by several military families when they made public that privately operated on-base housing resulted in systematic discrimination against disabled family members. Soldiers alleged there was widespread discrimination and retaliation against them because they had a disabled family member.
A lawsuit was brought by a U.S. Army veteran and six other families at Fort Lewis, Washington, to make homes, sidewalks, parks, playgrounds and other community facilities accessible to those military family members who were disabled. As a result, the private company that operated the post’s housing made ten percent of the existing residences accessible and also agreed to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act as to all future design and construction. More than 3,000 families stationed at Fort Lewis now have a process to request accessibility accommodations.
It’s nice to see that our civil justice system works. And it’s nice to see our military personnel respected.