Joe Biden’s VA Secretary Denis McDonough spoke at a Pride Month event in Florida on Saturday where he proclaimed that the agency was “taking the first necessary steps to expand VA’s care to include gender confirmation surgery.” Claiming that the new coverage will allow “transgender vets to go through the full gender confirmation process with VA at their side.” No word yet how the newly expanded insurance benefits will help the nearly 37K homeless and sick veterans who may like an occasional meal and a roof over their heads.
In January, Joe Biden signed an executive order lifting the ban on most transgender people serving in the military.
McDonough asserted that “due in part to minority stress, LGBTQ+ veterans experience mental illness and suicidal thoughts at far higher rates than those outside their community, but they are significantly less likely to seek routine care, largely because they fear discrimination.”
BREAKING NEWS: VA to Cover Gender Confirmation Surgery for Transgender Veterans
“[This is] allowing transgender vets to go through the full gender confirmation process with VA by their side,” McDonough will say, according to prepared remarks obtained https://t.co/VK38nIeFBH
— 🇨🇦 Monte Alto 🇬🇧 (@Monte_Alto) June 19, 2021
Posters on Twitter asked serious questions about the new policy:
‘What % of our vets need mental health and other social help vs what % are transgender and want the change surgery? 10% vs .001% ? If it cost 250k for 1 surgery how many vets would that help for with other needs? Certain [sic] not against vets getting needs met. Need balance.’
The GOP came out swinging against the Biden administration for their flagrant misuse of tax-payer dollars: “President Biden and Secretary McDonough should be less focused on winning the culture wars and more focused on helping the veterans who are suffering from the actual wars,” Ranking Member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Rep. Mike Bost, told Fox News.
“Congress has been waiting for months for them to come to the table and help us deliver care and benefits to toxic-exposed veterans who are sick and dying. We have gotten no response,” the veteran continued. “Yet, somehow they found time to decide that taxpayers should pay for gender transition surgeries at VA medical facilities.”
GOP slams Biden admin for using tax funds on gender-transition surgery for veteranshttps://t.co/O05onQ4I28
Should never be covered with government money. I am sure the vets who are struggling isn’t too excited for these folks getting transgender surgery. Paid by taxpayers.
— 🇺🇸CommonSenseRequired (@CraigRN) June 20, 2021
The VA secretary didn’t say whether the new generous tax-payer-funded benefits would extend to female veterans who might like breast augmentation, tummy tucks, and face-lifts, with the VA at their side.