The Pentagon has announced that it has paid for and provided gender reassignment surgery for an active-duty service member. Dana White, a spokesman for the Department of Defense, said:
“Military hospitals do not have the surgical expertise to perform this type of surgery, therefore it was conducted in a private hospital,” said White, who said that because the service member “had already begun a sex-reassignment course of treatment … a waiver was approved by the director of the Defense Health Agency.”
Now regardless your opinions on gender reassignment (wait! I thought your sex organs had nothing to do with your gender????), this is an issue that impacts the whole military and needs to be decided upon by the law courts. Not because it is a huge issue as such (there are a tiny minority of people who wish to undergo this in civilian life, let alone military), but that taxpayer money is being used to fund it.
It is absolutely fine for companies that provide medical coverage through regular insurance (not paid for by the taxpayer) for any services they see fit. But this is, and always will be an elective surgery that comes out of your pocket. Money that the military would otherwise spend on Veteran care, medical care for injured soldiers, (let’s not go into the huge amount of waste that already occurs such as the F35 project), is now being spent on elective surgery for personnel. Whilst we owe all service people a debt of gratitude, this smacks of unfairness.
Cash is being spent on “a gift” for someone, but not for others who do the same vital job. It’s not about politics and “social issues”, it’s about your money being given as a “gift” to a “prioritized social group” over another.