13 May 2014

Transgender troops hail Hagel's announcement | RallyPoint.com

By Tom Vanden Brook
Copyright: USA Today

WASHINGTON — For transgender troops and veterans, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s carefully chosen remark that he’s receptive to reviewing the Pentagon’s policy barring them from service is a major step forward.

“This is the biggest baby step we’ve ever had,” said Allyson Robinson, 43, a transgender veteran and West Point graduate. She currently serves as policy director for SPARTA, an advocacy group for LGBT troops and veterans.

An Army captain, transitioning from woman to man, called the news “incredibly exciting.” His superiors know that he has undergone hormone treatment and surgery and accept and support him because he does his job, he says.

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