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GAY MILITARY SPOUSES SURVIVORSHIP BENEFITS
A Flag for a Fallen Soldier, but Not for Her Wife
Plaintiff, 'McLaughlin v. Panetta'
I have a flag that I'm technically not allowed to have: the flag that was draped over my wife's coffin at her funeral. It is military custom to present that flag to the spouse of a fallen soldier, but our marriage doesn't exist in the eyes of the government that she served for 17 years.
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