– I’m Jalissa Rucker. I am a specialist in
the United States Army. This is my lovely wife. (soulful music) So, this would be me
getting ready for work. Our dog tags and our
I.D. tags are actually part of our uniforms. – We actually met on Twitter. – Yeah, we did. – The wonderful world of
Twitter, back in 2000… – Maybe like, 2012.
– 12. – We always argue about
who followed who, first. – [Together] I followed her first. – No, I followed her. – [Jalissa’s Wife] Because, I
thought she was really pretty. – [Jalissa] I followed her first. (soulful music) – [Jalissa’s Wife] A lot of
times, I came to visit her, and I would have to stay in the barracks. Kind of like, incognito. – [Jalissa] Yeah. – I would always think, if
something were to happen to her, I would be the last person to know it. – Yeah. – That was really hard. – Yeah, it was tough. – That was really hard. – People before me, before I joined, I don’t know how they did it. – [Jalissa’s Wife] Yeah. (soulful music) DOMA was revoked, meaning,
we were able to get married, – [Jalissa] And the
military recognized it, and now wherever I go, she can go with me, and she gets pretty much the same. It’s equal. – Equal.
– Equal, now. – Finally.
– Yeah, finally. She actually got to get all the benefits as a heterosexual couple. – We just got lucky. – We got lucky, ’cause we
actually have a two bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath house,
and it’s just her and I, here. So this is U.S. Army. It’s over the left side,
which is over the heart, which is, the heart, United States. And then, we have our last name. Then we have our rank in the middle, which, I’m a specialist. This is my unit patch, 11th ACR. – Honestly, I feel like any other couple. – I feel like, we’ve came a long way. – [Jalissa’s Wife] Yeah. – [Jalissa] Us, like, the world. Feels good to be equal. – [Jalissa’s Wife] Yeah. Being able to be part
of the military family, freely and openly and feeling accepted, I’m very happy with that. As a civilian, as a military wife, I feel like they’re taking me serious. They’re really counting me in. I think allowing gays and lesbians to express who they are, freely, I think if anything, makes
them want to give it their all. – So now we’re at the Painted Rocks, here, at Fort Irwin. All of the units who come to train here, they leave their unit patch. They come to paint it when they’re done, kind of like a, “Hey, I was here.” This is all the units who
have been here to train. When a lot of people re-enlist, they actually come and
do their ceremony here. I’ll probably do mine
here when I re-enlist. – One, two, three. – I feel proud, putting
on this uniform every day. It’s good, ’cause I feel
like I’m doing something bigger than myself. (inspiring music)