Pentagon Paying For Transgender Soldier's Surgery
An infantry soldier who got her Combat Infantry Badge in Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan in 2003 will be undergoing gender transition surgery on Tuesday.
This is the first procedure of its kind approved under a waiver allowing the pentagon to pay for the operation.
The waiver was approved by Vice Admiral Raquel Bono the head of the Defense Health Agency.
In August President Donald Trump signed a memo halting funds for sex-reassignment surgery and from accepting transgender recruits.
This was challenged and blocked by a judge last month.
A study showed that allowing transgender people to serve openly in the military would "have minimal impact on readiness and health care costs.".