Same-Sex Couple Set for National Cemetery Burial
First-time event follows VA waiver
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Feb 15, 2013 3:10 AM CST
Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Ore.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – For the first time, a veteran's same-sex partner is due for burial in a national cemetery. Nancy Lynchild, who died in December, will be buried in Willamette National Cemetery in Oregon; her partner, retired Air Force Lt. Col. Linda Campbell, will someday have her ashes buried alongside Lynchild's. The move follows a long push by Campbell that ended in a waiver from Eric Shinseki, secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The decision marks another in a series of big changes that Campbell has seen for gays—particularly women—in the military. At the beginning, she kept quiet about her sexuality, but eventually found some support. She married Lynchild in Canada in 2010. But, as Defense Secretary Leon Panetta recently noted, gay military couples still don't have burial benefits. With support from Sen. Jeff Merkley and an Oregon labor official, Campbell's waiver application was eventually accepted. The Oregonian has the full story.

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Hammy696969
Feb 17, 2013 10:31 AM CST
Yuck !!!!!!! Glad I'm gonna be cremated. Would not wanna lie next to some fudge packer.
reallybig
Feb 15, 2013 12:25 PM CST
TRUTH BE TOLD ...... I don't care where they bury them, as long as it's not in my yard. --- And when they bury me, I won't know who they bury or buried next to me. --- It's hard enough to find my dads and friends who I served with graves in those National Cemeteries, without having to look for someone elses grave. BUT, it does remind me of one time, when I was driving through the ghetto, and I saw a bumper sticker on a "pimps" car and it said .. "When I die, bury me face down, so the white man can kiss my ass." ------------- REALLY
LoginsSuck
Feb 15, 2013 10:51 AM CST
Simply put: good. It's about damn time.