Democratic representatives Charlie Rangel of New York and Mark Pocan of Wisconsin on Wednesday announced that they will sponsor a bill which seeks to correct the records of some gay veterans discharged because of their sexual orientation.

The Restore Honor to Service Members Act would ensure gay and lesbian service members who were discharged for no other reason than their sexual orientation have their records upgraded to reflect their honorable service.

Under the policy “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” signed into law by President Bill Clinton, gay troops were not allowed to serve openly. The policy ended in 2011.

Approximately 114,000 service members since World War II were discharged because of their sexual orientation, according to figures released by Pocan's office.

“Our legislation ensures that gay veterans who selflessly served our country no longer live with tarnished records that prohibit them from receiving the recognition, benefits and honors they deserve,” said Pocan, a co-chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus.

According to the congressmen, a dishonorable discharge is treated as a felony in many states, and can lead to service members being blocked from voting, unemployment benefits, participating in the GI Bill or receiving veteran benefits such as health care, VA disability and ceremonial burial rights at military cemeteries.

Veterans discharged prior to the 1993 implementation of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” in particular were likely to receive discharges that were classified as other than honorable or dishonorable.