29 Jun '15, 6pm

Transgender troops mourn tireless advocate Jess Shipps

Transgender troops mourn tireless advocate Jess Shipps

Former Staff Sgt. Jess Shipps posted this picture of herself online minutes before her suicide. (Photo: Jess Shipps) 329 CONNECT 15 TWEET LINKEDIN 3 COMMENT EMAIL MORE Friends and family gathered Monday at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Hampton, Virginia, to say goodbye to Air Force veteran Jess Shipps, who dedicated her life to helping transgender service members get through their struggles but was unable to emerge from her own dark times. She took her own life on June 23. As a man, Shipps served on active duty from 2003 to 2014, leaving the service as a staff sergeant, according to the Air Force Personnel Center. During her career as a public affairs officer, she was stationed at Fort Meade, Maryland; Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii; and Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona. She was awarded the Air Force Achievement Medals three times and also received the Joint S...

Full article: http://www.airforcetimes.com/story/military/2015/06/29/tr...

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