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2018-02-12 16:32:09


These married veterans’ love story will make your Valentine’s Day complete

The next time you’re impatient with the pace of progress, give a listen to Gerard “Jerry” Nadeau and John Banvard. National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” charmed us Feb. 9 with a StoryCorps profile of the California couple.

The thing is, they’re not your typical couple.

They’re veterans — Jerry in Vietnam, and John in World War II. Jerry is 72. John is 100.

They met in 1993, and in 2010, they moved into the Chula Vista, California, home for veterans. They married there in 2013.

“I was expecting we’d be ridiculed, and there was very little of that,” John said.

Jerry reflected with John on how they joked with their wedding guests: “If you’ve come to see the bride, you’re out of luck.”

Jerry and John’s story joins a growing archive of LGBT stories in “StoryCorps OutLoud,” which started in 2014, on the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. Among them is “The Saint of Dry Creek,” in which Patrick Haggerty describes growing up in 1950s Washington state — and his father’s sound advice.

Enough of the spoilers. Grab a tissue and listen.

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