USA: Lesbian Military Widow Mistreated by DOMA

Written by scott on January 8th, 2013

Lesbian Military Widow Mistreated by the Defense of Marriage ActArmy National Guard Staff Sgt. Donna Johnson was one of three soldiers killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan on October 1, but she was the only one of the three whose spouse was not taken care of by the military after her death.

Johnson’s wife, Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Tracy Dice, was not eligible to have her travel expenses to Dover Air Force Base covered, nor can she benefit from Dependency and Indemnity Compensation, the Survivor Benefit Plan, VA education benefits, or Tricare health coverage.

The repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell allowed Johnson and Rice to be open about their marriage, but the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act still prevents the military from legally recognizing their relationship.

Authored By Zack Ford – See the Full Story at Think Progress

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1 Comments so far ↓

  1. jerry says:

    This is a crying shame and disgrace to a country posing as a leader in Human Rights. How can the USA call out Russia for their lack of Human Rights and at the same time treat one of our own in this manner. It’s just a crock of Horse Pucky!

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