While I usually tear up for these Story Corps podcasts, this one really got to me. It tells the story of Tracy Johnson, whose wife was killed in Afghanistan. And it’s so appropriate for the news this week that same sex spouses of military service members will receive the same benefits as heterosexual couples.
I can tell it meant a great deal to Tracy that she was able to be at Dover and be a part of the funeral, but the bitterness of the unnecessary steps she had to take for this to happen are just beneath the surface. I hope the extension of benefits to same sex couples is retro-active so Ms. Johnson will be recognized as the beneficiary of her wife.