AIDS Action Council Denounces As Shameful Military HIV Ban Proposed By Republican Majority, To Be Signed Today By Clinton
January 26, 1996
AIDS Action Network Alert
The AIDS community applauded President Clinton's veto in December of the FY 1996 Department of Defense Authorization bill (S. 1124), because of a provision championed by Rep. Bob Dornan (R-Calif.), and Senators Dan Coats (R-Ind.) and Trent Lott (R-Miss.) that would mandate the immediate discharge of 1,150 otherwise healthy active duty service members who are HIV-infected. This action reverses current DoD policy originally developed by the Reagan administration that allows HIV-positive personnel to continue to serve their country. This new measure will deny HIV-infected service members medical and disability benefits made available to other service members retired for medical reasons. AIDS advocates have urged the American public to join with the President in denouncing as extremist this discriminatory provision and in advocating for its removal from such a vital piece of legislation. Sadly, AIDS Action today joins other AIDS advocacy groups in denouncing as shameful
the congressional leadership for allowing such an un-American measure to proceed through the legislative process. Additionally, we are deeply troubled that the Clinton administration failed to insist that the Dornan provision be stricken from the defense bill and that President Clinton has acquiesced to codify this provision by signing into law a revised defense bill complete with the military HIV ban.
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