Officers’ spouses’ club about-face: Female officer’s wife to join

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FORT BRAGG, N.C. — A woman who is married to a female Army officer at Fort Bragg and who was recently denied membership in its officers’ spouses club said late Friday that she has been invited to become a full member.

Ashley Broadway told The Associated Press that she received the invitation from the club’s board in an email Friday.

The invitation came on the same day that Broadway also learned she’d been named Fort Bragg’s 2013 “Military Spouse of the Year” by Military Spouse magazine. She is married to Lt. Col. Heather Mack, who gave birth this week to the couple’s second child, a baby girl.

“I’m pleased, I’m happy,” Broadway said by phone Friday night. “As soon as things calm down with the baby, I want to get involved. I hate that it took so long for them to come to this conclusion. But I think things happen for a reason. I’m a very devout Christian. I’ve had faith in God this whole time. I think if anything it’s brought up a larger issue: We have two classes of service members and how they’re ... not treated equally.”

“Looking back, it’s been a blessing in disguise because people are talking ... in Washington, this is being talked about,” she added.

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