The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) very quietly issued a groundbreaking directive to all its medical centers changing standard regular benefits for transgendered veterans. The directive instructed all clinics and hospitals to provide transgendered veterans, upon request:
- hormone therapy;
- pre and post gender change surgery care; and
- mental health counseling.
Those hospitals, however, are precluded from performing breast or genital surgeries on those veterans who are seeking gender assignment surgery. Nevertheless, the VHA is now providing routine health care to transgendered veterans that will take into consideration any special needs they would have.
Transgender-specific care can include “non-surgical, supportive care for complications of sex-reassignment surgery.” Clinicians have also been instructed to refer to transgendered veterans by their preferred gender, even if their surgery has not yet been performed.
Activists have asked the VA for years to create one standard of care for transgendered veterans because there was too much variance in care between facilities. This directive ensures all veterans are given the same level of care.
There will be many veterans who have been denied care in the past that will now be able to access their earned VA health care.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, contact Veterans Help Group. You may be entitled to certain programs and benefits so contact our veterans disability rights firm today.