Pursuant to Rule 29(b) of the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims,
respectfully move for leave to file the attached brief
in support of appellant Carmen Cardona. All parties have consented to the filing of this brief.
are former officers and leaders of the United States military. They have aninterest in this case because its outcome will have a substantial impact on the men andwomen serving in the armed forces and, in turn, on our nation’s military capability andeffectiveness. The judgment of
is based on decades of experience in leadershippositions in the military.The arguments put forth in the attached brief are relevant to the disposition of thiscase because, as described, the denial of benefits to the same-sex spouses of the men andwomen serving in the armed forces undermines the professionalism and effectiveness of the United States military. As
explain, the Court’s decision in this case willsignificantly affect military recruitment, retention, and readiness. The experience, judgment, findings, and perspective of former officers and civilian leaders of the UnitedStates military are relevant to understanding these effects. Accordingly,
respectfully request that the Court grant this motion for leave to file the attached brief.