City & State: First Comes Marriage, Then Comes Taxes

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At age 18, Krista Merget served in the U.S. Air Force as a crew chief
refueling air tankers. Now that she’s 55 years old, she’s thinking
about where to be buried when she dies. —

“My father was in the service, and my grandfather was in the police
department, his brothers were all in the service, my mother’s brothers
were all in the service, and they’re all buried in national cemeteries,
and their wives are buried with them,” said Merget, who would like to be
interred with her father and her relatives
at Calverton National Cemetery, near her home on Lindenhurst, Long

“It’s unfortunate and it’s unfair,” Merget said, “that my wife can’t be buried with me.”

As an armed forces veteran, Merget is entitled to be buried in a
national cemetery, but the federal laws that govern those cemeteries
don’t recognize her wife, whom she’s been with for 13 years, even though
the state of New York does.

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