Manning to be released on Wednesday

Chelsea Manning is scheduled to be released from the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth on Wednesday.

Pvt. Manning will remain on unpaid active duty pending her final appellate review. As such, she will continue to receive health care and have access to commissaries and military exchanges.

Pvt. Manning is statutorily entitled to medical care while on excess leave in an active duty status, pending final appellate review.

--Dave Foster, Army spokesman

Manning had been sentenced to 35 years in prison for her part in the Wikileaks incident, but received an early release via a presidential commutation by President Obama.

Like far too many people in prison, particularly transgender women, Chelsea Manning has had to survive unthinkable violence throughout the seven years of her incarceration.

--Chris Strangio, Manning's ACLU attorney

For the first time, I can see a future for myself as Chelsea. I can imagine surviving and living as the person who I am and can finally be in the outside world.

Celebrating a new hope, and a return of the sun.

--Manning

While in prison Manning had received hormone treatment and care for gender dysphoria. She had also been informed that she was eligible for sex reassignment surgery to be paid for by the government. However, if the appeal of her conviction is denied, she could be dishonorably discharged, which mandates a loss of benefits including health care.

It is unknown to which military facility the 29-year-old Manning will be assigned, although her mother said she will be in Maryland, where she has family.

As a former correctional specialist at the USDB, I have heretofore restrained myself from engaging in any conversations about Manning.

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