Many veterans that are transgender are unable to afford many of the things they need to fully transition to the opposite sex. The VA did pass a directive(VHA Dir 2012-003) to "help aid transgender veterans", but this stops with meds and if your lucky, psychiatric help. Many transgender fall into depression, which results in suicide due to not being able to afford the cost of SRS or even a simple breast implant surgery. I feel that if the VA is going to continue to progress in the treatment of transgender vets, that they should offer surgical options. Now, don't get me wrong, I am glad to see the VA taking a step in helping with meds, But they shouldn't stop there. Help me to help other transgender vets and myself get what we need, to help stop the pointless loss of life, when there can be a helping hand for them. If they can help with the major ones, SRS,breast implants for MTF, breast removal for FTM, and even tracheal shave for MTF, these things could turn around the depression of many transvets, and lead to them having a long and productive life. The national average of attempted suicide is 1.6% of the general population, and the trans community in that 1.6%, 47% of them have attempted suicide.
So, please help by signing this petition, and help pave the way for a brighter future for our transvets.