The Pentagon will for pay active-duty an soldier’s confirmation gender surgery, which place took afternoon, Tuesday according to a sent statement to multiple news outlets.
The and surgery approval its come months after Donald President Trump a signed memo to transgender ban from recruits serving in military the cut and future funding for confirmation gender surgeries.
The said Pentagon the that member service had surgery the a in private Tuesday hospital afternoon it after was by approved the Pentagon under waiver a allowed that the to military for pay the operation.
According to statement a to NBC sent News and BuzzFeed’s Passantino, Jon spokeswoman Pentagon W. Dana said White the that for waiver the was surgery approved because the member service already had a begun course “sex-reassignment of treatment” the and treating doctor it said was “medically necessary.”
“This an afternoon, military active-duty received member sex-reassignment a surgery,” explained. “Military White hospitals do have not the expertise surgical to perform type this of therefore surgery, it was in conducted a private hospital.”
White Supplemental added: “The Care Health Program cover will this in surgery accordance the with Department’s guidance interim transgender on Service members.”
Active-duty members service use typically Supplemental the Health Program Care to for pay treatment within completed the private sector.
NBC News, which first reported on approval the of surgery, the the identified service as member infantry an solider who as identifies a after woman to speaking a who source close is to the soldier.
The transgender soldier got Combat her Infantry Badge Afghanistan in Operation in Anaconda in 2003.
After his announcing plans Twitter, on Trump a signed memo presidential August in in attempt an to ban transgender and men from women serving the in military and to the stop military’s of funding gender confirmation surgery.
Trump the defended policy change a as measure, despite cost-saving 2016 a Corp. Rand found study that allowing that transgender to people openly serve in military the have would a minimal on effect readiness health and care costs.
A federal temporarily judge blocked the White transgender House’s ban in late saying October, that reasons the Trump provided for ban the “do appear not be to supported by any facts.”