The Department Of Veterans Affairs started enacting a new policy: paying for transgender veterans to get sex changes. However, in 2020 there were 37,252 homeless veterans.
On Saturday, VA Secretary Denis McDonough stated at a Pride Month event, Florida. She noted that the agency was “taking the first necessary steps to expand VA’s care to include gender confirmation surgery.”
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McDonough shared that regarding the payment of the expensive surgeries, it will provide “transgender vets to go through the full gender confirmation process with VA at their side.”
“There are several steps to take, which will take time. But we are moving ahead, methodically, because we want this important change in policy to be implemented in a manner that has been thoroughly considered to ensure that the services made available to Veterans meet VA’s rigorous standards for quality health care,” he added.
McDonough shared that “due in part to minority stress, LGBTQ+ veterans experience mental illness and suicidal thoughts at far higher rates than those outside their community, but they are significantly less likely to seek routine care, largely because they fear discrimination.”
The VA Health Benefits package at this moment pays for mental health services and hormone therapies.
In January, Joe Biden inked an executive order to lift the ban on most transgender people who serve in the military.
“President Biden believes gender identity should not be a bar to military service and that America’s strength is found in its diversity,” Jen Psaki, the WH Press Secretary, said. “America is stronger around the world when it is inclusive.”
RAND study in 2016 study shared that between 1,320 and 6,630 transgender service members were in the active-duty military, and 830 and 4,160 members were in reserve duty.