The US military’s social experiment continues while vets wait to die

Yesterday, US Defense Secretary, Ashton Carter, declared that the US military’s “current regulations regarding transgender service members are outdated and are causing uncertainty that distracts commanders from our core missions.”  Secretary then convened a working group to study the question.

Carter asked his personnel undersecretary, Brad Carson, to lead the working group of senior military and civilian leaders to take an objective look at the issue, including the costs, and determine whether it would create any insurmountable problems that could derail the plan. The group would also develop uniform guidelines.

“During the six months, transgender individuals would still not be able to join the military, but any decisions to force out those already serving would be referred to Carson. One senior official said the goal was to avoid forcing any transgender service members to leave during that time. That official was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Some of the key concerns involved in the repeal of the ban include whether the military would conduct or pay for the medical costs of surgeries and other treatment associated with any gender transition, as well as which physical training or testing standards transgender individuals would be required to meet during different stages of their transition.

Officials said the military also wants time to tackle questions about where transgender troops would be housed, what uniforms they would wear, what berthing they would have on ships, which bathrooms they would use and whether their presence would affect the ability of small units to work well together. The military has dealt with many similar questions as it integrated the ranks by race, gender and sexual orientation.”

Meanwhile, while these chains unbound events are taking place, and now the military may fund gender transition, so that we can all be PC inclusive, men and women who faithfully served their country when called, are waiting months to get a healthcare appointment.

“The number of veterans seeking health care but ending up on waiting lists of one month or more is 50 percent higher now than it was a year ago when a scandal over false records and long wait times wracked the Department of Veterans Affairs, The New York Times reported.

In the last year, the VA has increased capacity by more than 7 million patient visits per year, double what officials originally thought they needed to fix shortcomings, the Times reported. However, the newspaper added, department officials did not anticipate just how much physician workloads and demand from veterans would continue to soar. At some major veterans hospitals, demand was up by one-fifth, the paper reported.”

Yes, it’s understood that the Veterans Administration and Defense Department are separate and under separate budgets.  However, once again, it appears that the Administration’s priorities are out of whack.  The Pentagon cow-tows to the Administration’s philosophy and edicts, placing social policies and funding ahead of veterans’ healthcare, lives and dignity.  Yada, yada, yada, about Congressional budgets and funding mechanisms.  If President Barack Obama decreed, as he so often does through his executive orders, that he wanted the VA mess to be cleaned up, and veterans healthcare to be front and center, we would not be having this discussion.

However, the LGBT military members go to the voting booths; the veterans from WWII, Korea, Vietnam are dying off, more with each passing day.  It’s all a matter of mathematical priorities.

Someday, Barack Obama will be a statistic, too.

 

 

 

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