Dept. of Veterans Affairs Delays Plans to Offer Sex Change Ops for Vets Due to Insufficient Funds

va-compressedWASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has delayed its plans to offer sex change operations for veteran service members due to insufficient funds.

“VA has been and will continue to explore a regulatory change that would allow VA to perform gender alteration surgery and a change in the medical benefits package, when appropriated funding is available,” it said in a statement on Monday.

The VA first announced its plans to lift its longstanding ban on what is called gender reassignment surgery in June after reportedly considering the move since 2014, releasing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking entitled “Removing Gender Alterations Restriction From the Medical Benefits Package.”

“Increased understanding of both gender dysphoria and surgical techniques in this area have improved significantly, and surgical procedures are now widely accepted in the medical community as medically necessary treatment for gender dysphoria,” it wrote of its intentions.

“In light of these medical advances and recent research, VA would revise its regulation to remove the prohibition on medical services that are considered gender alterations,” the Department said.

Six Democratic lawmakers have since called upon the VA to speedily following through with its plan: Reps. Mike Quigley of Illinois, Mike Honda and Jackie Speier of California, Raúl Grijalva of Arizona, Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey, and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton of the District of Columbia.

“We urge you to move forward with publishing a proposed rule to remove the arbitrary and outdated restriction that prohibits VA from providing medical services to treat gender dysphoria,” they wrote to Secretary Robert McDonald in September.

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But 30 Republican lawmakers also wrote to McDonald about the matter, stating that the VA should focus on improving service-related medical care rather than assisting men with their desire to become women.

“Currently, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) employs classification groups to help ensure the Department’s limited resources are focused first on veterans with service-connected disabilities. Many veterans struggle to receive appropriate and timely treatment for service-connected conditions, such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), due to significant backlogs and inadequate access within the VA’s health care system,” the letter noted.

“We do not believe the VA should be discussing the potential coverage of gender alteration surgeries as the agency faces challenges in delivering health care to those veterans whose service directly resulted in their need for medical treatments,” it said.

The letter was signed by Reps. Charles Boustany and John Fleming of Louisiana, Joe Pitts of Pennsylvania, Tim Huelskamp of Kansas, Bill Flores of Texas, Jason Smith of Missouri and Andy Harris of Maryland, among others. Boustany, Fleming and Harris are physicians.

On Monday, transgender advocacy groups expressed disappointment that the matter had been stalled.

“All of our nation’s veterans, regardless of their gender identity, deserve access to the medical care they earned serving our nation,” Ashley Broadway-Mack, president of the American Military Partner Association, told reporters. “This is a deeply disappointing setback in making sure an often medically necessary procedure for transgender veterans is part of that care.”

However, others, such as Susan Wright of RedState remarked that “[i]t’s insanity to foot the bill for such surgery … when there are vets dying while waiting on actual medical needs to be met.”

The VA is already offering “hormone therapy, mental health care, preoperative evaluation” and other services, according to a statement from the department to the Military Times.

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  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Poverty is a blessing in Sodom.

    • Amos Moses

      That si really a good one ……….. thanx sister …….

  • Amos Moses

    Typical …. Barky writing a check with his mouth that his butt cant cash …………….

  • TheBottomline4This

    Trans is a mental disorder regardless of what the extreme left thinks or what their scientists or “studies” say.

    • Grace Kim Kwon

      Christianity alone quests for the objective truth – scientific thinking.

      • johndoe

        Theres nothing scientific about the bible. There are a great many scientists who are atheists and agnostics.

        • TheBottomline4This

          Science is your god. You believe everything it tells you.

          • johndoe

            Nope. Science is fallible., but peer reviewed research gives us our best shot at gaining new and usable knowledge. On the other hand, you would rather put your faith in a 2000 yr old text. Fine by me but it doesnt have all the answers. BTW…..I’m an atheist and do not believe in any gods/dieties.

  • Charles

    Maybe we should negotiate with our enemies and make sure our captured prisoners don’t miss the hormone therapy? UN anyone? ha ha.. What a joke our country has become.

    • johndoe

      My country, America, is the greatest nation on earth. Leave if you don’t like it.

      • Charles

        At one time it was.. Those days are long gone I’m afraid.

        • johndoe

          Opinions vary

  • robertzaccour

    Sex changes shouldn’t be a priority at all. I have to basically fight with them just to get basic things done like a doctor’s note, therapy after a bulging disc, etc.

  • xinthose

    This is pathetic. The Lord rebuke Obama’s Abominations.