The 2011 repeal of the Don't Ask Don't Tell Act previously opened up 24 different benefits to same-sex military couples by October of this year, such as "hospital visitation and Family Readiness Group membership" and including military ID cards, commissary privileges, child care and youth programs, and sexual assault counseling, according to a February 13 DoD press release.
On June 26, Defense Secretary Hagel issued the following statement regarding the repeal of DOMA:
Every person who serves our nation in uniform stepped forward with courage and commitment. All that matters is their patriotism, their willingness to serve their country, and their qualifications to do so. Today's ruling helps ensure that all men and women who serve this country can be treated fairly and equally, with the full dignity and respect they so richly deserve.
Meanwhile, the status of gay veteran couples is "up in the air," according to an MSNBC article, since "veteran’s benefits aren’t administered by the Department of Defense, they’re administered by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs."