Transgender Ban — A Veteran’s Perspective

On Wednesday July 26, 2017 at 8:55 a.m., President Trump sent shock waves across the nation when he tweeted, “The United States government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgenders in the military would entail.”

As a former Marine who had been on active duty for three years, I was surprised at the president’s announcement via social media. It was unprofessional for our commander in chief to announce such a bold statement without informing the Department of Defense and discriminating against the LGBTQ veteran community.

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