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Breaking: @SenatorShaheen to announce Charlie Morgan Act of 2013 to provide equal benefits to all #military families.

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said Thursday she will soon introduce "the Charlie Morgan Act" to end several restrictions on benefits for legal spouses of military service members and veterans, regardless of their sexual orientation. The bill is named for Charlie Morgan, a lesbian New Hampshire National Guard Chief Warrant Officer from New Durham who died earlier this week of cancer at 48 and whose family will be ineligible for survivor benefits due to provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act. Speaking on the U.S. Senate floor on Capitol Hill, Shaheen, a New Hampshire Democrat, noted that Morgan received national attention for advocating on behalf of fellow gay service members and their families. "However," Shaheen said, "first and foremost Charlie was a soldier." Shaheen said Morgan enlisted in the U.S. in 1982 and then returned to service as a member of the Kentucky National ...

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