Married Lesbian Soldier Killed in AfghanistanU.S. Army Staff Sergeant Donna R. Johnson

U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Donna R. Johnson has become the first known married lesbian soldier killed in action.

SSG Johnson was one of 3 soldiers killed by a suicide bomber in Khost, Afghanistan, on October 1st. SSG Johnson is survived by her wife, Tracy Dice.


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AVER Georgia performed taps in honor of SSG Johnson from the main stage of the Atlanta Pride Festival.

“Our nation has changed. SSG Johnson was able to marry her wife and serve openly in the U.S. Army,” said Danny Ingram, National President of the American Veterans for Equal Rights. “But SSG Johnson's widow will receive no benefits from the US military for the loss of her spouse. She will not receive the flag. There is still work to be done. 

Wind to your wings, Sergeant Johnson. Thank you for your service.”

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