Military & Veterans

It’s estimated that over 134,000 American veterans are transgender, and over 15,000 trans people are serving in military today despite rules forbidding them to serve openly. Support for transgender veterans has improved, but they still face barriers from obtaining updated service records that do not out them as transgender, and from receiving VA coverage of necessary medical procedures. Furthermore, restrictions on open service continue to bring an early end to the careers of qualified service members, even though those rules lack any basis in medicine or military need. Find  out more about advances and challenges for transgender veterans and service members, and how to get support.


From the Blog

February 23, 2015

Secretary of Defense, President Obama Back Open Trans Military Service

Five days after taking the helm of the US Defense Department, Secretary Ash Carter came forward in support of open transgender military service.

February 19, 2015

Trans Military Veterans Can Now Update Critical Records

A top priority of NCTE since our beginning has been making it possible for everyone to have the ID documents they need to live in a society where accurate and consistent ID is required for many fun

August 26, 2014

New Report: Open Trans Military Service "Administratively Feasible"

Our colleagues at the Palm Center at San Francisco State University this week issued a new report finding that allowing open military service for transgender people "is administratively feasible an

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