Sept. 11 Victims Fund Awards Lesbian Partner $500,000
WASHINGTON â€” A federal fund created to compensate victims of the Sept. 11 attacks has awarded $500,000 to the lesbian partner of a woman who died at the Pentagon.
Sheila Hein, 51, a civilian Army management analyst who died when a hijacked American Airlines jet slammed into the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., was wearing a gold band given her by Peggy Neff, her partner of 18 years. Another, emerald ring that had been a gift from Neff, was missing from Hein's remains.
"It had been pulverized," Neff wrote in an affidavit filed with her federal claim.
"She was my entire world and my soul mate, my closest confidante and my best friend," Neff added.