Skepticism understandable

Yesterday Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin was out and about and was asked about Trump's transgender tweet (can't call it a ban in its present state). He claimed that the VA has compassion for transgender veterans.

If anyone -- transgender people included -- serves in the military, they will get medical and other care for life.


The VA does treat transgender veterans, up to a point. They provide counseling toward transition, evaluation toward hormone therapy and towards surgeries.

VA doesn’t perform those surgeries, and doesn’t pay for them. But we’ll be there to help the Veteran out if something happens to go wrong after transition surgery. If complications occur following surgery, VA will provide the Veteran with medically necessary care.

--Dr. Michael Kauth

Back to Shulkin. Correct me if I am mistaken, but I believe the VA does not offer complete treatment to veterans with bad paper.




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