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Pentagon Proposes Rule Change on Medical Care for Transgender Troops & Military Dependents

Pentagon Proposes Rule Change on Medical Care for Transgender Troops & Military Dependents

Proposed rule change would allow for non-surgical “medically necessary and appropriate care for the treatment of gender dysphoria” Today, the American Military Partner Association (AMPA) praised the news that the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has proposed a new rule change that will lift the “regulatory prohibition that categorically excludes all treatment of gender dysphoria,” thereby extending crucially needed medical care to transgender service members, veterans, and military family members covered under Tricare. The proposed change would not include surgical care, which according to the DoD remains prohibited by statute at 10 U.S.C. 1079(a)(11), but would cover care such as hormone replacement therapy. “All service members, veterans, and military dependents, no matter their gender identity, deserve access to the medical care they’ve earned serving our great nation,” said AMPA President Ashley Broadway-Mack. “This proposed rule change from the Department of Defense would be an incredibly important step in the right direction to help ensure our transgender service members and family members finally receive the crucial medical care they need. As we await a decision from the Secretary of Defense on whether to lift the ban on transgender troops serving openly and honestly, this news is encouraging.” The news comes as the Secretary of Defense is set to announce his decision by this spring on whether to lift the ban on transgender service members by updating the outdated regulations which prevent them from serving openly and honestly. In March of last year, AMPA launched an unprecedented joint report with the Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA) highlighting the tremendous harm the outdated regulations inflict on military families. The report notes, “The outdated regulations serve no purpose and...
Victory! Lambda Legal Resolves Lawsuit on Behalf of AMPA for VA Benefits for Same-Sex Spouses

Victory! Lambda Legal Resolves Lawsuit on Behalf of AMPA for VA Benefits for Same-Sex Spouses

“Married veterans and their spouses, regardless of their sexual orientation, will now have the critical veterans’ benefits they need to take care of their families.” Today, Lambda Legal and the American Military Partner Association (AMPA) announced that they are concluding litigation against the US Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) following the VA’s changes to its policies on benefits ending discrimination against veterans and their same-sex spouses.  The new policies are consistent with the June 2015 US Supreme Court decision in Obergefell that struck down marriage discrimination. “We are very pleased that now, nationwide, gay and lesbian veterans who have served their country and risked the ultimate sacrifice for their nation — all while facing discrimination against them — will have access to deserved and long-awaited benefits,” said Susan Sommer, Director of Constitutional Litigation at Lambda Legal. “Married veterans and their spouses, regardless of their sexual orientation or where they live, will now have the critical veterans’ benefits they need to take care of their families.” “The new VA policies pave the way for veterans and their same-sex spouses, no matter where they live, to access such important rights as survivor benefits, home loan guarantees, and burial together in national cemeteries,” said Ashley Broadway-Mack, president of AMPA. “We are happy to see more barriers to equality for LGBT servicemembers, veterans and their families fall.” In August 2014, Lambda Legal filed a petition on AMPA’s behalf in the Federal Circuit Court arguing that the deprivation of veterans’ benefits to same-sex spouses based on states’ non-recognition of their marriages is unconstitutional. Recently, the VA issued internal guidance to its staff and updated its website to reflect the change...
Secretary of Defense Will Make Final Decision On Transgender Military Ban By Spring

Secretary of Defense Will Make Final Decision On Transgender Military Ban By Spring

According to a report by the Washington Blade, the Secretary of Defense is expected to announce his decision on whether to lift the ban on transgender service members by this spring. A Pentagon spokesperson told the Blade: “The transgender working group appointed by the secretary of defense will conclude its deliberations by the end of January and present its findings and recommendations directly to the secretary soon thereafter. The secretary will take whatever time he needs to analyze, evaluate, and discuss the Working Group’s findings with his immediate staff and the senior leadership of the department. We do, however, anticipate a final decision from the secretary sometime in the spring.” “Our transgender service members and their families are eagerly waiting for a decision from the Secretary of Defense,” said AMPA President Ashley Broadway-Mack. “For far too long, transgender service members have been forced to serve in silence. It is our urgent hope that Secretary Carter will make the right decision, finally lift the outdated ban, and allow our transgender troops to serve authentically.” In July of last year, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter made history with an announcementthat the Department of Defense would finally update the outdated regulations that prevent open service by transgender service members and would take six months to assess the impact of the change and work out the details. The working group started with the presumption “transgender persons can serve openly without adverse impact on military effectiveness and readiness, unless and except where objective, practical impediments are identified.” In March of 2015, AMPA launched an unprecedented joint report with the Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA) highlighting the tremendous harm the outdated regulations inflict...

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