The Pentagon confirmed yesterday that they would be footing the bill for a transgender person to receive gender reassignment surgery.
Pentagon Chief Spokeswoman Dana White released a statement regarding the decision.
She said, “[Yesterday] 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.”
She continued, “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.”
She importantly noted, “The Supplemental Health Care Program will cover this surgery in accordance with the Department’s interim guidance on transgender Service members.”
The Hill reports, although President Donald Trump banned transgender people from serving in the military, a federal court allowed “using funds for gender reassignment surgery”:
In August, President Trump signed a memo to bar transgender people from enlisting in the military, and to stop the military from paying for gender-reassignment surgery. He originally called for the ban on transgender troops in a series of tweets in July.
It is unclear at this time if this is a one-time occurrence, or if the Defense Department will regularly pay for the procedure.