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Operation Iraqi Freedom, from which she was sent on frequent missions into Iraq.
ation, the United Statesgovernment awarded her with over two dozen medals and commendations, includingthree Army Commendation medals, five Army Achievement Medals, two Army GoodConduct Medals, and one Air Force Commendation Medal. In 2003, Traceycompleted her military service and received an honorable discharge.3.
In November 2008, Tracey married her same-sex spouse, plaintiff Maggie Cooper-
age and provides them with the samestatus, responsibilities, and protections as other legally married couples under statelaw.4.
In 2010, Tracey was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis by a neurologist ather local VA hospital. Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, often disabling disease that
cure. After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Tracey began making end-of-life preparations, including those to ensure some level of financial security for Maggie
-connected. As a result, Tracey receives disability compensation from the VA for her condition. Tracey also receives disability compensation from the VA for other service-connected conditions, including post-
anxiety disorder common among veterans that can be triggered by a traumatic event.6.
The VA provides a number of significant benefits to married veteransand their families, including additional disability benefits; Dependency and IndemnityCompensation, which provides monthly benefits to a surviving spouse after a veteranhas died from a service-connected injury or disease; and joint burial benefits for the