The military leader and former secretary of State also eventually endorsed marriage equality.
Those kicked out under “don’t ask, don’t tell” or other discriminatory policies no longer have to apply to have their discharges upgraded.
Paul Owen has become the first to receive a Merchant Navy Medal specifically for promoting LGBTQ+ equality.
Ten years after the repeal, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta reflects on its benefits to the armed forces.
The repeal, which took effect 10 years ago today, "helped move our nation closer to its foundational promise of equality, dignity, and opportunity for all," Biden said.
Former Army Secretary Eric Fanning has a few thoughts on Republicans smearing the armed forces.
The department is maintaining a Trump-era policy, but a spokesman says the decision doesn't indicate any lack of respect for LGBTQ+ personnel.