Well…this is disturbing.
On Tuesday, the Pentagon announced that it is paying for an active duty service member’s gender reassignment surgery. Apparently, it was “medically necessary.”
The patient is an infantry soldier who identifies as a woman, according to a source close to the service member. She got her Combat Infantry Badge in Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan in 2003, the source said.
Vice Admiral Raquel Bono, head of the Defense Health Agency, which provides medical care to active-duty personnel, approved the waiver request for the surgery Monday, according to a Defense Department document.
“This afternoon, an active-duty military member received a sex-reassignment surgery. Military hospitals do not have the surgical expertise to perform this type of surgery, therefore it was conducted in a private hospital,” the Pentagon said in a statement after NBC News’ initial report on the procedure.
“Because this service member had already begun a sex-reassignment course of treatment, and the treating doctor deemed this surgery medically necessary, a waiver was approved by the director of the Defense Health Agency. The Supplemental Health Care Program will cover this surgery in accordance with the Department’s interim guidance on transgender Service members.”
Great. Juuuuuuuuuuuust great.
Pentagon confirms an active-duty military member received sex-reassignment surgery today, and it will pay for the procedure for the first time pic.twitter.com/4WQGnPDlhd
— Jon Passantino (@passantino) November 15, 2017
With all the talk about predators lately, maybe we should send them to our funny farm military https://t.co/Lmn2LQbKWw
— Daniel Horowitz (@RMConservative) November 15, 2017
This taxpayer-funded elective surgery for a person with gender dysphoria will surely enhance our military readiness https://t.co/C8wRyMahcq
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) November 15, 2017
I got nothin’.