In this Oct. 1, 2012 photo provided by the U.S. Air Force, a U.S. Army carry team transfers the remains of Army Sgt. Donna R. Johnson of Raeford, N.C., at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Johnson was ... more 
In this Oct. 1, 2012 photo provided by the U.S. Air Force, a U.S. Army carry team transfers the remains of Army Sgt. Donna R. Johnson of Raeford, N.C., at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Johnson was assigned to the 514th Military Police Company, 60th Troop Command, Winterville. N.C. When Johnson was killed in Afghanistan, her wife, North Carolina National Guardswoman Tracy Dice Johnson, heard about it from her sister-in-law. Although Donna Johnson had listed Dice as her next-of-kin, Army casualty officers informed Johnson’s mother of her death first because of a federal law that prohibits the U.S. government from recognizing same-sex unions. (AP Photo/U.S. Air Force, Adrian R. Rowan) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By U.S. Air Force, Adrian R. Rowan
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