Transgender sex-change ‘treatment’ will cost the military millions a year: report
WASHINGTON, D.C., October 3, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — Starting October 3, the U.S. federal government will use tax dollars to pay for soldiers' sex changes — at a cost of up to $8.4 million per year.
A Pentagon-commissioned study by the RAND (Douglas Aircraft's "Research and Development") Corporation concluded that there could be 1,320 to 6,630 soldiers who consider themselves transgender and estimated that up to 140 want to chemically alter their gender, plus another 130 want sex-change operations.
To be eligible for a government-paid sex change operation, the Defense Department says a soldier's ability to serve must be "hindered" in some way by their gender identity.
Defense Department spokesman Air Force Maj. Ben Sakrisson said healthcare for soldiers will now, as of October 3, cover such "treatments."
Critics of tax-funded sex-change surgery note that battle-readiness is diminished after the surgeries, which RAND explained require 21 days of medical leave plus at least 90 days medical disability. Even more recovery time is needed for men to undergo the sex change to a woman, making a soldier non-deployable for at least 135 days.
RAND also acknowledged that in some cases complications from elective genital surgery might make a soldier unfit for duty permanently, as up to 20 percent of men undergoing "vaginoplasty" have serious complications.
"This isn't 'healthcare,'" Americans for Truth Peter LaBarbera told LifeSiteNews. "This is forcing American taxpayers to subsidize Obama's madness of gender-confused people mutilating their God-given bodies to fulfill some fantasy of living as the opposite sex."
"Where are the Republicans to put a stop to this — or at least draw some attention to it with Congressional hearings?" LaBarbera asked. "No wonder Obama has succeeded at radically 'transforming' society and dishonoring our military."
"I think this is a gross misuse of military medical dollars that should be used to make our military forces deployable or to help those who are wounded or injured while they are deployed," Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty executive director and veteran Ron Crews commented to USA Today.