Army to Soldier: No, we won’t pay for your sex change procedures

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Army to Bradley Manning: No, we won’t pay for your sex change procedures

 By Kirsten Andersen
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (LifeSiteNews) – The U.S. Armed Forces will not be paying for Bradley Manning to alter his body to match his new, female persona, according to a Pentagon spokesman.

“The Army does not provide hormone therapy or sex-reassignment surgery for gender identity disorder,” Army spokesman George Wright said in a statement to Courthouse News Service. He said the military still considers Manning a soldier and will provide him with appropriate mental health care if he wants it.

Bradley Manning now wishes to be called “Chelsea” and referred to by feminine pronouns.
Wright did not tell the paper whether Manning would be permitted to undergo a sex-change if he pays for it himself.

But Manning’s defense lawyer, David Coombs, told the Today Show that if military officials do not offer to arrange for the hormone therapy and surgery his client wants, he’ll bring legal action against them.

“If Fort Leavenworth does not [provide Manning with a sex change] then I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure they are forced to do so,” Coombs said.

On Wednesday, the 25-year-old, 5’2” Manning was sentenced to 35 years in Fort Leavenworth military prison for leaking classified documents to Wikileaks. On Thursday, he announced via a statement read aloud on the Today Show that he intends to live the rest of his life as a woman named “Chelsea Manning,” and wants the government to facilitate the transformation.

“As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to know the real me,” Manning wrote. “I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female. Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible.” He also requested that government officials and media outlets use feminine pronouns and descriptors when referring to him, along with his desired new name. Some news outlets, including the Associated Press, have already begun to comply.

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16 Comments on “Army to Soldier: No, we won’t pay for your sex change procedures”

  1. trinee alli

    Someone help me understand: is it a legal requirement in the US that the Government pay for sex change procedures? On what grounds can his/ her/ its lawyer demand it?

  2. King

    oh wow, smh. & i had so much respect for him standing up to the government. But it seems he wanted to be in prison so he could have a buffet of men. smh

  3. NodReid

    This world is truly going to be judge by our Lord and Savior for the madness and filth that people have done to the temples of God. Absolute madness has taken over this world and this is what christian Obama ( rabbit ear finger action) is supporting. Burn in hell is what I say, and to all who cries equality, there is none of that around here when we are dealing with the antichrist. It’s God’s way or unto to hell’s way,its that simple. No compromise here.

  4. MrsJW

    Um…no! This dude has a serious issue…spiritually, mentally, and physically. The enemy has a serious hold on his mind and he’s too blind to seek The Lord. Just because he prefers to be called a female or wants to undergo a sex change, that will not change who God made him to be. Why would he expect the military to pay for this mess anyway? He’s received free training, medical, dental, education (if he used any of it)…now you want a free operation to change your external parts. So dumb!

  5. Shawn

    How can they say that you can’t have a sex change but then you can marry a person of the same sex or be a transgendered person and use the same bathroom as those who are naturally of that particular sex? It’s pure hypocrisy.

  6. Iris

    …..And we would be surprised because…????????? As soon as the USGovt via the Supreme Court began to legitimize gay marriage, we had to know something like this was next. My question is, as far as I know, and I work in healthcare, Elective surgeries are NOT covered by insurance companies (i.e. plastics, etc), surgeries that are not MEDICALLY necessary for a person to live. He has not needed reassignment all these years so why should the government now be forced to pay???? Besides, when he VOLUNTARILY chose to join the Armed Forces as a man, he gave up his rights to be considered anything other than a man.

    Hmmmmm, will be interesting to see how the government responds to someone trying to dictate how it should conduct its OWN Business…..may be a case of the chickens coming home to roost????

  7. Taura Helms

    Manning should have expected this. When you commit treason or any other major crime you are going to be punished. Leavenworth is no joke. Further, I find it real convenient that after he got 35 years in prison he suddenly wants to be a woman. The audacity of this dude to ask for it in the first place but the LGBT agenda is the beast that never gets filled and now Transgender groups are threatening to sue the government over this. God help us.

  8. Ray

    The Lord needs to have mercy on us. To answer the above question: not legally, not yet. This is what happens when you open the door to the LGBT It’s hard to close it now and the Gov is powerless because it welcomed all the foolishness to begin with. When the repealed the don’t ask, don’t tell policy this is what our armed services were open to. First they wanted to marry the same sex, but that wasn’t enough now they want all the benefits of a normal marriage. I shudder at the idea of making taxpayers pay for a sex change, what’s worse is he’s also a convicted criminal and traitor to his country. BTW that lawyer is GAY. Real men don’t follow or support Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and especially Transgender’s. I love serving my country but we have become weakened as a nation and an armed service!

  9. Pocopat

    It makes sense to provide normal medical attention, but this?!!! He is convicted of treason. WE OWE HIM NOTHING! Let him find his own financial sources. And don’t get me start on man’s attempt to spit in God’s eye.

  10. Briana Conway

    YOU DO NOT JOIN THE MILITARY SO THAT THEY CAN PAY FOR YOUR FILTHY SEX CHANGE! I’m sure that this soldier Manning had been feeling this kind of way (like a women) waaaaaaaay before he ever decided to join the military. It is NOT the responsibility of the military to flip the bill of his alter ego Chelsea to become who he thinks he is. I’m pretty sure that when the Army deemed the phrase ” BE ALL THAT YOU CAN BE….” they were not taking into account a man wanting to become a women. WHAT AN ABOMINATION!

  11. Min. Robert Murrell

    There is no such policy to pay for such procedures. I thank the Lord I am not in the military anymore. There were way too many things changing. I would have probably been forced out because I believe in what Jesus says in His Word. Manning seems to have been confused for a long time. I hope he gets saved before its too late.

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