October 11, 2012
By Scottie Thomaston
Oral argument in Cardona v. Shinseki is set for November 15, 2012 in the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. The case is a challenge to Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act and another statute affecting military spousal benefits. It was initially brought to the Board of Veterans’ appeals, where the servicemember was denied benefits because of Section 3 of DOMA.
This appeal is to the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, the next step in this military process.