Your tax dollars to pay for gender reassignment surgeries for vets

By Jenny Goldsberry

Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough appeared on NPR’s All Things Considered Thursday to say veterans’ healthcare coverage could soon include gender-confirming surgeries. McDonough claims the VA’s governing body is recommending the policy.

“You know, the cost projection is from – anywhere from just over a million dollars a year to somewhere closer to $30 million a year,” McDonough told host Ari Shapiro. “We also assess it might get a little bigger than that because we assess that there may be as many as 3,000 veterans who would have this care if they could get it, those waiting for it. So if that’s the case, it could get up to as much as $71 million all in by 2028.”

However, the VA secretary said he is carefully considering the policy. “We take great care to spend the taxpayers’ money wisely. But we also think that these are manageable numbers. And over time, if we make this investment, we’ll save costs on things like mental health care treatment and other health care problems that would result of our transgender vets not having access to this care.”

McDonough is the second Veterans Affairs secretary in history that is not a veteran himself.

Listen to the full interview here.

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