WASHINGTON -- Servicemembers United, the nation's largest organization of gay and lesbian troops and veterans and their allies, yesterday launched a new online resource to serve the military partner community - www.MilitaryPartners.org.
The website is designed to serve as the new home for Servicemembers United's "Campaign for Military Partners" initiative and will provide links to LGBT-inclusive military resources, a robust blog about the experiences of military partners, a support forum for military partners, media coverage about the plight of partners, and more.
"The civilian partners of gay and lesbian military personnel are often forgotten in the debate over the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy," said Alexander Nicholson, executive director of Servicemembers United. "These silent heroes must bear all of the same burdens of military family life, but they are not able to share in the support, benefits, or recognition that the military provides to the wives and husbands, and even the girlfriends and boyfriends, of straight troops.
"Long deployments to warzones can be especially difficult times for families and loved ones back home, and the problems are only exacerbated by the difficulties that gay and lesbian couples face, including isolation and an inability to even communicate with the deployed partner. Our Campaign for Military Partners initiative has seen a lot of initial success in reaching out to military partners, and we expect the launch of www.MilitaryPartners.org to go a long way toward providing more and more support to military partners as the project grows."
The Campaign for Military Partners grew out of the work of a Military Partners Advisory Group that Servicemembers United set up in mid-2009 to help the organization's leaders identify ways to better support the military partner community. The Campaign's mission is to reach out to, recognize, connect, and support the civilian partners of active duty LGBT military personnel.