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Statement of VoteVets on Trump Banning Trans Service in the Military

WASHINGTON, DC - The largest progressive group of veterans in America, VoteVets, today is blasting Donald Trump's decision to ban thousands of troops from protecting America.  Will Fischer, Director of Government Outreach for VoteVets, released the following:

 

“Achieving military goals relies on the US military having the very best Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen, and Guard that we can have. To tell some of those best that they’re no longer allowed to serve hurts our ability to win. Further, it insults our professional military, implying they simply cannot handle diversity in the force. 

 

There was a great president who understood that - Harry Truman, who today, in 1948, desegregated our military. It is insulting that Trump is using this day, during "American Heroes Week" at the White House, to ban thousands of heroes from service. 

 

Maybe Donald Trump’s time at a fake military school has skewed his view of the military. But for those of us who have served, transgender service is not a problem. In fact, when it allows the best into our military, it is an asset.

 

“Donald Trump, today, tweeted about needing decisive action to protect America.  Oddly, when it comes to an actual attack on our very democracy, from Russia, Donald Trump has been nothing but limp.  He is the last person who should be talking about decisiveness to protect America.”

 

According to RAND there are 2,500-7,000 transgender service members in the active duty military, another 1,500-4,000 in the reserves.

 

Founded in 2006, and backed by over 500,000 supporters, the mission of VoteVets.org is to use public issue campaigns and direct outreach to lawmakers to ensure that troops abroad have what they need to complete their missions, and receive the care they deserve when they get home. VoteVets.org also recognizes veterans as a vital part of the fabric of our country and will work to protect veterans' interests in their day-to-day lives. VoteVets.org is committed to the destruction of terror networks around the world - with force when necessary - to protect America. While non-partisan, the group is the largest progressive organization of veterans in America.