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The legislation is named after New Hampshire National Guard Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan, who died earlier this year after a battle with breast cancer. Morgan's wife and daughter have not been eligible for certain survivor benefits because of the definition of 'spouse' in federal code.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen's legislation to extend benefits to same-sex military couples cleared a legislative hurdle Wednesday after it passed the Senate Veteran's Affairs Committee on a bipartisan voice vote.