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Watch: Transgender Veteran is Fighting for her Social Security Benefits

Robina Asti, a WWII veteran of the U.S. Navy, is currently fighting the Social Security Administration for the survivor benefits denied to her after her husband’s death. According to SSA, the 92-year-old transgender woman was “legally male” at the time of their marriage.
Lambda Legal, one of the organization’s leading the charge on this issue, filed a request on Asti’s behalf in June 2013, but has yet to hear from the SSA.
Although Asti has lived as a woman since 1976, the federal government is claiming that “her marriage does not meet the requirements under Federal law for payment of Social Security widow’s benefits,” according to Lambda Legal.
Hear Robina Asti tell her story firsthand in the video from Lambda Legal below:


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