VA moves to allow sex-reassignment surgeries for transgender veterans

by Douglas Ernst  |  published on June 4, 2016

Transgender veterans may soon be eligible for sex-reassignment surgeries if a proposed rule change at the Department of Veterans Affairs is approved.

The Executive Office of the President recently announced the possible rule change on its website.

“Surgical procedures are now widely accepted in the medical community as medically necessary treatment for gender dysphoria,” the announcement stated. “Additionally, recent medical research shows that gender dysphoria is a serious condition that has had severe medical consequences for certain patients if transition-related surgeries and procedures are not provided.

“In light of these medical advances and recent research, VA would revise its regulation to remove the prohibition on medical services that are considered gender alterations,” the website said. “In this way, medical decisions would be made on a case-by-case basis about what procedures are medically necessary to treat gender dysphoria.”

  • Thomas Burlew

    I, an Evangelical Anglican Priest and Vietnam Era Veteran who works with and counsels members of the LBGTQ+ Community in or out of the service. I applaud my VA for recognizing what the rest of the free world already recognizes within their countries; Canada, Great Britain, Australia, etc!

  • Worried Vet

    This has got to be a joke. I can’t get care without weeks waiting. This proves my point they have lost their minds. I can’t imagine the wait times if they allow this. The vets coning back or have been back with serious injuries are waiting and this is right. 22 vets a day commit suicide this is right. If you need a specialty doctor you wait weeks and go through several appointments to make sure you need it. This is right. The people in charge have lost their freaking minds. What’s sad is we put them in office. When are we going to wake up and fire the whole lot. When are we going to learn liberal ideas don’t work? Michell Obama said when her husband was elected was the first time she was proud of her country and now I’m ashamed of it. When she said that it should have been a warning. I wonder what my grand children have to look forward to when a country has lost its mind and morals. We keep letting them push God out of everything because their afraid they will hurt someone’s feelings. Well screw that. This country was founded by God fearing men. Yes we made mistakes but we should learn from them not make them worse. God help us.

  • Kanawah

    This is as important as any other health services.
    It is a great step forward.

    • Worried Vet

      Your an idiot.. if you served you would know. If you had to depend on the VA for health care you wouldn’t say that. I have seen very sick vets at one of the largest VA hospitals in this country waiting for hours to be seen. I seen one vet in a wheelchair with feet so swollen they were one with his legs pass out waiting. They finally had to rush him to the e.r. I don’t know how it turned out. He was a wounded vet from Iraq he deserves better. He sure as hell don’t deserve to be waiting while some one is having gender surgery.

  • gf

    This crazy shit will end, when Donald J. Trump, is the POTUS. If someone wants to do the slice and dice, on themselves. Pay for it yourself, the taxpayers are not obligated. The VA is a mess, and this GRS, is a priority? WTF!

  • robert sanders

    piss on your f##kup transgender shi#heads. give the veterans who really need medicines and surgerys what they want. shoot the fuc#ing transgenders potheads.

  • Warren

    Get out of our Pants Government Perverts !!! This is an elective surgery you don’t allow for any other elective why this one because there is a First Man?

  • Donnie Buchanan

    No cost of living adjustment ( COLA) for disabled vets, but enough funds for this BS “disease” or what ever you want to call it. I call it sin. God don’t make junk.

  • Luke

    They need to do a brain change on these stupid people who run the VA, how can they get any worse…
    Fire everyone who suggest this crap Trump, get rid of these perverted VA employees

    • Worried Vet

      It’s not so much the VA honchos it’s coming right from the white house. I really am starting to believe this was his plan all along. I also wonder will he step down when iys time. If Hillary loses and I pray she does will he try to declare Marshall law or something just as bad? Will we have a huge emergency so he can sign and executive order saying he can stay in office? I didn’t believe all this for a long time. I tried to have an open mind. I thought people were conspiracy nuts but now I wonder. It’s a very scary thing. If you have studied WWII there are lots of things going on now that did back then. The biggest one is the propaganda within the media. Liberals can’t do no wrong and the media spins it to look good. We are allowing this dishonest. If we banned all products advertised on those outlets theyvwould have to change or go broke.

      • Luke

        I agree, all of this evil is coming straight out of the whitehouse.
        People, start standing up to this evil and say no, they’re going to do what is right or they are part of the problem

  • CMSgt, USAF, Retired

    If the pretender in chief and goof ball secretary believe so strongly in the transgender movement and the need for sexual reassignment, I will be more than happy to perform the procedure that will require they for ever more will have to squat to pee.

    • billie

      As I have suggested to potential rape victims, straight razor does amazing things

    • Worried Vet

      Why are we allowing this when it’s about 3 percent of the population? We need to stand up and fight back to stop this madness. What they do in private Is between them and God. I do t want it flaunted in public.I do t want to see it and I sure as hell don’t want my grand kids to see it. I have friends who are gay and don’t want to see it and the K this is nuts. Why are we letting this happen? I thought that’s what the founding fathers set up in the constitution. The right for the majority to vote and stop this bs.

  • MyRoseHasTHORNS

    Our VETS need real life saving medical treatments, they need immediate access to care both medical and mental health.

    Cosmetic surgeries are the least of what they need!

    • Worried Vet

      Well until now it wasn’t allowed. Vets without service connected injury don’t get dental and cosmetic anything. Even then a vet can’t just get a nose job unless it’s a danger to their health not to be pretty.

      • MyRoseHasTHORNS

        Dental should be given to all Military.

        However, transgender surgery is only cosmetic, it is not life saving nor does it change the dna to make the new parts function as a healthy reproductive system so the new body parts are not real.

  • randy jackson

    When engaged, guess who goes to the head of the line. More delay and scandal for true Patriots. VA is a disgrace. Hope Trump eliminates the whole damn thing and privatizes VA medical coverage. Wanna change your private parts—-do it on your own dime—-not mine. Other than paying for someone else’s sex change most of us could care less.

    • Glenda Jordan

      Trump @ rallies last w/e spoke of serious issues regarding the VA and his plan to fix it…he does have very good, smart ideas yet the changes so simple has me (working in healthcare) wonder what took so long?! Barry and his adm. are such a circus act (w/out the laughs) that with the seriousness of vets healthcare @ issue they concern themselves with this gender ID BS!!

  • Rodney Steward

    The VETS are dying left and right needing help from the V.A., and now they’re going to do this BS that’s not life threatening!! I’m beginning to believe there’s more than chaos with this Prez., I believe now he really is queer!

    • Glenda Jordan

      My thoughts exactly Rodney. This backwards, twisted, craziness seldom surprises me anymore! My heart hurts for the harm this sick, lame prez has caused our vets and their families. Recently read about a young vet that passed waiting for chemo treatment from his area VA…leaving three boys under age 8. Now these boys grow up w/out their Dad!! It would’t surprise me if “they” even tried to prioritize this sex-change nonsense.

      • Rodney Steward

        Things have happened in this country I thought I’d never see, and the evil’s not over! I’m afraid there’ll be bloodshed in the street before long with the things that are happening, but I sure HOPE NOT!!

      • ToniStimmel

        It’s not just that ‘sick lame prez,’ it’s the entire demoncrat party including its RINO’s.

        • Glenda Jordan

          Well certainly there are far too many “go along to get along” people and all are responsible for the moral decay of our country! However, as in cleaning you start at the top and work your way down. As this article states “Executive Office of the President” announced…. so yes, right now I say it’s sick, twisted barry once he’s out the cleaning gets easier.

          • Worried Vet

            I hope we have time. Until the churches start helping stop this crap instead of trying to make money we don’t have a chance. When church became big business the morals started going out the window.

    • ToniStimmel

      Queers will claim it’s life threatening and that will be sufficient.

      • IMJSBNME

        Yeah… it could very well be life threatening… At least one tranny has been shot and killed in a woman’s restroom. And the more restrooms these “men” go into the chances are pretty good that there will be more of the same. Women demand their rights, their right to privacy and their right to feel safe.
        It is ironic that a person who is Middle Eastern can be kicked off a flight… because someone is “scared”, yet Hobama wants to let men in women’s restrooms?

    • Donnie Buchanan

      That has been proven a long time ago.

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