Tracey Harris, an Iraq war veteran battling PTSD and multiple sclerosis, receives $1,448 less compensation annually from the Veterans Affairs administration than her heterosexual counterparts. Because of this shameful discrepency—and the fact that should she die her wife Maggie will receive nothing—Tracey has filed a lawsuit against the VA. The couple appeared on CNN today to discuss inequality and their fight against the "Defense of Marriage Act." Video, after the break.
BANFIELD: So should the worst case scenario prevail and you have to prepare for the reality end of life. Your wife gets nothing?
HARRIS: That is correct.
BANFIELD: And she can’t be buried alongside of you in an official cemetery?
HARRIS: That is correct… So even though I am a veteran, I served for 12 years and I was honorably discharged and am receiving disability benefits from the Veterans Administration, they consider me a single spouse. So if something should happen to me, my wife will not be taken care of as a spouse of a similarly situated spouse of a veteran who has died.
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February 06, 2012