One doctor is standing up for those who so bravely defend the United States every day.
According to the New York Daily News, following news of President Trump’s ban on transgender soldiers in the United States military, Dr. Christine McGinn — a former Navy surgeon — told CNN’s Michael Smerconish that she will perform any gender confirmation surgery schedules prior to the ban for free.
Dr. McGinn, who is also transgender, was nominated for the Navy’s flight surgeon of the year award in 2000, says the Daily News, and is also the founder of the Papillon Gender Wellness Center, a care center for those transitioning and their families.
Not only does McGinn see the need to provide these surgeries for free, the Daily News says she also argues that providing proper healthcare to transgender military members is actually cost-effective.
“I think the cost of getting rid of very well specialized, trained military service people is exceptionally larger than just taking care of them,” she said on CNN.
Yet, at a very basic level, McGinn just wants to ensure proper care for her fellow service members.
“If the commander-in-chief won’t take care of our veterans, our veterans will.”