“All medically-necessary transition-related care authorized by law is available to all Service members” the Secretary of Defense wrote.
by Kelen McBreen
A January executive order from the Biden administration set the stage for Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough to force taxpayers to foot the bill for transgender soldier treatments.
Hidden within the “Executive Order on Enabling All Qualified Americans to Serve Their Country in Uniform” was a section repealing an Obama rule prohibiting taxpayer money from covering the cost of gender reassignment surgery.
After the Biden executive order rescinded the Obama-era policy, Austin and McDonough published memos specifying surgery is now a benefit.
“This revised policy will also ensure all medically-necessary transition-related care authorized by law is available to all Service members,” Secretary of Defense Austin wrote.