“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.
Recorded in Raeford, NC.
Staff Sergeant Donna Johnson. Courtesy of U.S. Army Public Affairs Office.
Staff Sgt. Donna Johnson (L) and her wife Staff Sgt.Tracy (R) in front of their home in Raeford, NC, shortly before Donna left for deployment, in 2012. Photo courtesy of Tracy Johnson.
Staff Sgt. Tracy Johnson (L) salutes her wife Donna as her body is brought back to Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Courtesy of NC Army National Guard Public Affairs Office.