President Bone Spurs doesn’t think that transgender Americans are worthy enough to serve in the military but the Coast Guard begs to differ. A commandant of the Coast Guard says he has no intention of leaving transgender Coast Guardsmen out in the cold, according to Military.com.
Admiral Paul Zukunft spoke about the issue for the first time at the Center for Strategic and International Studies on Tuesday morning. Zukunft said his first action upon becoming aware of Trump’s announcement on Twitter was to have his office reach out to all 13 members of the Coast Guard who have self-identified as transgender.
I reached out personally to Lt. Taylor Miller, who was featured on the cover of The Washington Post last week,” Zukunft said. “If you read that story, Taylor’s family has disowned her. Her family is the United States Coast Guard. And I told Taylor, ‘I will not turn my back. We have made an investment in you, and you have made an investment in the Coast Guard, and I will not break faith.’ “
On top of that, fifty-six retired generals and admirals have argued that Trump’s ban on transgender troops would be disruptive and degrade military readiness, rather than improve it as the former reality show star asserted.
“As a result, the proposed ban would degrade readiness even more than the failed ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy. Patriotic transgender Americans who are serving — and who want to serve — must not be dismissed, deprived of medically necessary health care, or forced to compromise their integrity or hide their identity,” the statement from the 56 retired generals and admirals read.
We are all Americans. If someone is brave enough to serve our country and they’re capable of that mentally and physically then they should be able to do so. We might really need them if Trump leads us into a war.
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