30 Jun '16, 6pm

.@IAVA applauds @DeptofDefense decision to allow transgender individuals to serve openly

Post 9/11 Vets recommended review of DoD stance in recent policy agenda Washington, DC (June 30, 2016) — Today, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) issued the following statement in reaction to the Department of Defense (DoD) announcement, effective immediately, allowing transgender individuals to serve openly without threat of discharge. This far reaching policy change allows those currently serving to come forward immediately to be assessed for medical treatment. As the leading post-9/11 veterans empowerment organization, IAVA advocated for the DoD to study the impact of this policy change on mission readiness in its 2015 policy agenda . “There are an estimated 2,500 Active Duty and 1,500 Reserve transgender troops in the military and over 134,000 transgender veterans — these individuals up until today served in anonymity,” said Paul Rieckhoff, Founder and CE...

Full article: http://iava.org/press-release/iava-praises-department-of-...

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