“I'm so thankful for everything you've done.”

Staff Sergeant Tracy Johnson is an Iraq veteran and an Army widow.

She is also believed to be the first gay spouse to lose her partner at war since the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.

She married her long-time partner, Staff Sergeant Donna Johnson, on Valentines day in 2012.

In October, Donna was killed by a suicide bomber while serving in Khost, Afghanistan.

At StoryCorps, Tracy talked with her mother-in-law, Sandra Johnson, about finding out that their wife and daughter wasn’t coming home.

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Recorded in Raeford, North Carolina
Music Info: "Flax" by Fredrik from the album Trilogi.
Produced by Yasmina Guerda
Facilitated by Chaela Herridge-Meyer
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