2 Gay Military Vets Share Their Story Of Coming Out & & Getting Hitched In Their Veteran Home!

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Sometimes, approval is discovered where you least anticipate it.

That held true for World War II veteran John Banvard(above, left) and his partner Gerard “Jerry” Nadeau(above, right), a Vietnam veterinarian, who anticipated reaction from fellow citizens after getting married at the veterans house where they lived.

Thankfully, the couple was happily shocked by how accepting the other veterinarians at their Chula Vista, California assisted living home were, regardless of having actually been formerly puzzled about exactly what John and Jerry’s relationship was.

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While they stayed coy about their romance for several years, the military veterans have actually been together for “almost 25 years,” and were both “sort of” in the closet when they fulfilled back in 1993.

Speaking on NPR‘s Morning Edition radio program on Friday, the 100- year-old John discussed:

“When we met, we were sort of in the closet, and I’d never had a real relationship.”

At the time, John’s better half of over 35 years had actually passed away practically a years prior and he had actually never ever remained in a major relationship with a guy. Neither had Jerry.

Although the 2 had various interests– John was an art and theater geek while Jerry was an outdoorsman– the set struck it off and fell in love.

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It wasn’t till 2013, after 3 years of cohabiting, did the veterinarians choose to take the next action in their relationship: getting wed in a casual event at the assisted living home where they lived, with hotdogs acted as the main dish!

Though John was “expecting we’d be ridiculed,” he enjoyed to discover the other veterinarians were accepting of their love. Keeping in mind one sweet minute when another homeowner presented the couple to his household, the 72- year-old Jerry stated:

“I was with you in the cafeteria, and somebody came up with their family, and they said, ‘This is Gerard Nadeau, and this is his husband, John.'”

Jerry discussed that this was the very first time he had actually heard John described as his partner.

Awww, real love actually deserves the wait! Approval should not have to be– however much better late than never ever?

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