After all these years my lower back is letting me know that my misspent youth in Vietnam and a career in the Infantry hauling over a 100+ lb rucksack has caught up with me. So for the past 2 years I have been requesting an appointment with a lower back specialist. The VA says no one has to wait over 30 days for an appointment, that may be true WHEN and AFTER you get the appointment. But if you are a transgender you go to the head of the line no matter what it is. Here is another FACT is that MANY who use the VA have to pay for the services, its not free for everyone. The key is “service-connected” injury, transgender is not service connected but they get a pass apparently.
This is a slap in the face of every soldier that has suffered an injury in the military and especially those who suffered from a combat injury.
[FONT=-apple-system-font]Chelsea Manning to undergo sex reassignment surgery
WASHINGTON -— Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning has been assured she will receive gender reassignment surgery while in prison, her lawyer said late Tuesday.
Manning, convicted in the massive leak of national security secrets that propelled WikiLeaks to prominence, is serving a 35-year sentence at the Army’s prison at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan. She is eligible for parole in about six years.
Manning ended a hunger strike begun last week after receiving assurances that the government would provide the surgery, said Chase Strangio, her lawyer and an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union. Manning’s doctors recommended in April that she have the male-to-female surgery, Strangio said.
No timeline has been set for her surgery, Strangio said. Manning will meet with her doctors in the next week or two.
Manning sued for access to hormone treatment, and the Army agreed to provide it last year.
In July, the Pentagon repealed its ban on allowing transgender troops to serve. It also announced that it would begin medical treatment for transgender troops, including reassignment surgery.
There are between 1,320 and 6,630 transgender troops in the active-duty force of 1.3 million, according the RAND Corp. which conducted a study for the Pentagon on the issue. Of those troops, RAND estimates that between 30 and 140 would like to seek hormone treatment, and 25 to 130 would seek surgery. The estimated annual price tag: $2.4 million to $8.4 million, per year.
Treatment is estimated to cost as much as $50,000 per service member. Treatment generally moves from counseling to hormone therapy, and in relatively rare cases, gender reassignment surgery. A military doctor must deem the treatment medically necessary.