A veteran came out as gay in his obituary. Now, his family is praising his final ‘salute’

Author: Ryan Adamczeski

The niece of the decorated military veteran who came out as gay in his obituary wants her beloved “Uncle Ed” to know the impact of his postmortem confession.

“He wanted to go home. He wanted to be with him, that I do know,” she said. “He never had another partner after that. He was the love of his life.”

As her family mourns, Sargent shared that one silver lining has been seeing the effect of her uncle’s confession around the world. She said that she wishes she could show Ryan the impact his words had, adding, “Hopefully he’s at peace.”

“I talk to him, like, ‘Uncle Ed, you don’t even know what’s going on down here. You don’t know what your obituary did to people around the world. People are sending messages from all over,'” she said. “In a way, he got his salute and got to open doors for other people.”

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Author: Ryan Adamczeski

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