Anyone who willingly offers to potentially sacrifice their life for millions of strangers should get 110% back from we who are the strangers. A-N-Y-O-N-E. No questions asked. Anything they need at anytime, day or night. For the rest of their lives. They should be paid the millions that NFL players and NBA players receive, because the NFL/NBA players sacrifice NOTHING and gain far too much. We Americans do far too little for the men and women of the US military.
Though transgender people are still barred from openly serving in the military, a small but increasingly visible population of veterans are demanding health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs — and getting it.
Despite the disturbing issues surrounding the Department of Veterans Affairs as of late, it’s nice to know that they can still do the right thing.
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.
According to the Army Times, Johnson announced the VA’s decision on Saturday at the American Military Partner Association’s gala, where she received the organization’s 2014 Community Hero Award. She called the VA’s announcement “an important step toward our end goal of achieving equal treatment for all military families.”