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Surviving Spouses

In the Dead Zone

Robert Julian | Posted 08.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Robert Julian

Still clutching my wad of soggy Kleenex, I sit in the overflow ward of the emergency room while Patrick's body is prepared for the coroner. I stare silently at the row of vacant beds until the social worker returns. "Have you given any thought to the possibility of organ or tissue donation?" he inquires.

End Of The Season

Robert Julian | Posted 07.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Robert Julian

It has been seven weeks since the sudden death of Patrick, my partner of 23 years. You might say that I have stepped out for intermission. Maybe I could tell you that the production has been shut down, that the play will be rewritten for later debut in a more hospitable season.

Starting Over at 62

Robert Julian | Posted 06.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Robert Julian

For the duration of our relationship, Patrick and I had no siblings, parents, or offspring; we were each other's only family. And I grew up as an only child. Now I am starting over at the age of 62. I will feel this, all of it.

Veterans Omnibus Bill Contains Key Changes to VA Loan Program

Chris Birk | Posted 10.02.2012 | Politics
Chris Birk

A veterans omnibus bill now on its way to the president's desk contains some key changes and updates that will extend housing benefits to more surviving spouses and allow military dependents to fulfill the loan program's occupancy requirements.

Bill Would Boost Access to VA Loan Program for Surviving Military Spouses

Chris Birk | Posted 12.19.2011 | Business
Chris Birk

Thousands of surviving spouses currently ineligible for VA home loan benefits would gain access to the program if a U.S. House bill passed Wednesday b...