Guest joins colleagues in concern for VA to offer gender transition surgery | Mississippi Politics and News

Members send letter of disapproval over VA’s decision to offer gender transition surgery

Congressman Michael Guest (MS-03) joined 41 Republican colleagues in a letter to Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis R. McDonough to express concerns about a recent Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) decision to cover gender transition operations. rather than the current unmet medical needs of American veterans, including those who suffer from exposure to toxic substances.

The letter was led by House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs (HVAC) Subcommittee on Health Ranking member Jack Bergman and HVAC Ranking member Mike Bost.

The letter opens: “We are writing to express our serious concern about your intention to enable the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to offer gender transition surgery to our country’s veterans. We urge you in the strongest possible terms to reverse your decision.”

The letter highlights members’ concerns about exposure to toxic substances that were not addressed: “We wonder why addressing toxic exposure — which could be a matter of life and death for millions of military families for generations to come — is a lower priority than gender transition in [Secretary McDonough’s] estimate.”

Read the full letter here.

Press release

7/16/2021

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