A lesbian veteran who was expelled from the Air Force in 1955 finally received her "honorable discharge," more than 60 years later, NBC News reported.
Helen Grace James received a FedEx delivery on Wednesday notifying her of her status upgrade to "honorable." The 90-year-old vet said she is "still trying to process it. It was both joy and shock. It was really true."
James entered the military in 1952 as a radio operator in New York and was investigated by the military after she was suspected of being gay. After being arrested, James signed a document and was discharged as "undesirable," with no severance pay, insurance or other benefits.
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On Jan. 3, James sued the Air Force to have her discharge upgraded. She had said an "honorable" discharge would "make me feel like I've done all I can to prove I am a good person, and that I deserve to be a whole civilian in this country I love."