SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A new law in California will help service members who were fired under a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy because of their sexual or gender identity regain eligibility for Veterans Affairs benefits, the governor said. Gavin Newsom said Saturday.

“For decades, our bravest heroes, the men and women who wore the uniform of the armed forces, had to hide who they really were, and many were honorably discharged when their sexuality was revealed,” Newsom said in his statement after announcing that he had signed the bill.

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