After giving a 91-year-old Connecticut veteran an undesirable discharge in 1948 for being gay, an Air Force board has informed him that it has corrected his military records to show that he served honorably.
H. Edward Spires of Norwalk received word of the change on Friday from the Air Force Board for the Correction of Military Records.
“Great elation, of course,” Spires said at his reaction to the news. “I wanted to kick the Air Force in the ass for putting me through what they put me through all these years. But I have to forgive and forget.”
The board concluded that Spires has “exhausted all remedies provided by existing law or regulations,” his application was filed in a timely manner and that “sufficient relevant evidence has been presented to demonstrate the existence of an injustice.”
The upgrade makes Spires, who served in the Air Force from 1946 to 1948, eligible for certain veterans’ …