Pentagon Approves Gender-Reassignment Surgery for Service Member

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 15, 2017

The Pentagon said on Tuesday it had paid for gender-reassignment surgery of an active-duty service member that took place earlier in the day, as the issue of transgender troops serving in the USA military continues to garner national attention.

NBC News, which reported the story earlier on Tuesday, said the service member is an infantry officer who identifies as female.

Defence Department spokeswoman Dana White said the surgery was done Tuesday in a private hospital and was paid for by the military's health coverage because the doctor deemed it was medically necessary.

The Pentagon will pay for a transgender soldier's gender-affirming surgery, according to a new report by NBC News. "The Supplemental Health Care Program will cover this surgery in accordance with the Department's interim guidance on transgender Service members".

Photo Protesters outside the White House in July after President Trump abruptly announced a ban on transgender people serving in the military. Two weeks ago, a federal judge temporarily blocked the ban, ruling that the administration's justification for it was suspect and most likely unconstitutional.

A RAND Corporation study past year found that allowing transgender people to serve openly in the military would "have minimal impact on readiness and health care costs".

Last month, a federal judge in Washington blocked Trump from banning transgender people from serving in the USA military, handing a victory to transgender service members who accused the president of violating their constitutional rights.

Because the ban on transgender service members was only removed a year ago, gender reassignment surgeries have so far been relatively rare.

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