Military Widow Gets Help from National Group

By: STAFF
By: STAFF

She made national headlines for trying to get the Wiccan symbol put on her husband's military memorial, and now the widow of a Nevada soldier is getting help from a national group.

Roberta Stewart of Fernley says Americans United for Separation of Church and State have taken up her cause. The Washington D.C. group litigates religious freedom cases all over the country.

Roberta's husband, Sergeant Patrick Stewart was killed in September when his Chinook helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan.

Since then, Roberta Stewart has been trying to get a Wiccan symbol for her husband's memorial plaque at the veteran's cemetery in Fernley.

The Veterans Affairs' National Cemetery Administration allows only approved emblems of religious beliefs on government headstones.

There is no approved emblem for Wiccans.


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