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Despite the warm reception she has received from superiors and colleagues, Warrant Officer Morgan learned last week that because the military still does not recognize same-sex spouses as dependents, her wife, Karen, will not be allowed to attend an upcoming welcome-home ceremony at National Guard headquarters in New Hampshire for deployed troops and their families.

Warrant Officer Morgan, 47, who spent a dozen years in the Army on active duty and has been in the National Guard for another seven, also is battling breast cancer and is continuing to lobby to have military benefits extended to families like hers so they will be taken care of if she does not survive.

“She deserves the same benefits as any other spouse,” Warrant Officer Morgan said. “She went through the same stress, fear and concern during my deployment as any other spouse.”