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Government Awards Full Benefits To Wife Of Female Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

By Amanda Terkel, Huffington Post:  Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Tracy Dice Johnson, whose wife was killed fighting in Afghanistan, has received word from the Department of Veterans Affairs that she will receive the same survivor benefits that heterosexual married couples are entitled to.

Johnson’s wife, 29-year-old Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Donna Johnson, was killed Oct. 1, 2012, by a suicide bomber. They are believed to be the first same-sex couple to suffer a casualty after the 2011 repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” the federal law that barred openly gay and lesbian individuals from serving in the military.

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