Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Transgender Arkansas vet heading to NYC for 'Commander in Chief' forum with Clinton and Trump

Posted By on Wed, Sep 7, 2016 at 12:18 PM

click to enlarge Evan Young
  • Evan Young
A transgender veteran from Arkansas will be one of the current and former service members quizzing the candidates tonight at a forum in New York City with presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

Former U.S. Army Maj. Evan Young, who lives in Pope County, said he was recently invited to attend and ask a question at tonight's "Commander in Chief" forum, hosted by NBC News and Iraqi and Afghanistan Veterans of America. When we talked to him this morning, he was waiting to catch a flight to New York.

Young retired from the military in 2013 after beginning his transition from biologically female to male. He currently serves as national president of the Transgender American Veterans Association.  We profiled Young for our Visionaries Issue last year. 

Young said that if he is allowed to speak to the candidates during the forum, he plans to ask the following question: "Do you support medically necessary transition-related surgeries by the VA for transgender veterans that have served their country honorably?"

Young said that while active-duty transgender service members can receive free gender-reassignment surgeries under the DOD's Tricare system to help them transition, veterans cannot. The latest edition of the Tricare Manual regarding gender dysphoria explains that gender-reassignment surgeries for vets and their dependents are forbidden by statute. 

"The AMA [American Medical Association] has deemed GRS medically necessary," Young said this morning. "Tricare covers medically necessary transition related surgeries for active duty now... So far, veterans are left high and dry for medically necessary transition related surgeries. Neither Tricare nor the VA covers it."


Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Favorite

Speaking of...

Comments (3)

Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment

More by David Koon

  • ACLU, HRC, Ark. Trans Equality Coalition decry anti-trans bills

    In a press conference on the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol this morning, representatives of the Arkansas Transgender Equality Coalition (ARTEC), ACLU of Arkansas and a transgender pioneer spoke out against a number of anti-trans and anti-LGBT bills working their way through the state legislature. Citing the economic and political fallout for North Carolina over their "bathroom bill," the groups say the bills will harm the Arkansas economy.
    • Mar 20, 2017
  • A Q&A with Chef Matt Cooper of Bentonville's The Preacher's Son

    On being an actual preacher's son, his gluten-free menu and more.
    • Mar 16, 2017
  • If it ain't broke, don't fix it

    Home-cooking winner Homer's enters its third decade of dishing up meat 'n' three.
    • Mar 16, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Maddie's Place makes a believer out of a skeptic

    After a long hiatus, I return to Maddie's Place in Riverdale and find the food is a lot tastier than I remembered.
    • Aug 19, 2015
  • The inspiring Hillary Clinton

    Hillary Clinton's campaign for president illustrates again the double standard applied to women. Some writers get it. They even find the supposedly unlikable Clinton inspiring.
    • Oct 16, 2016
  • Democrats name new House minority leader

    Rep. Michael John Gray of Augusta has been elected leader of the House Democratic Caucus, the minority party. He succeeds Rep. Eddie Armstrong of North Little Rock. He's a farmer and small business owner.
    • Sep 25, 2015

Most Shared

Visit Arkansas

Forest bathing is the Next Big Thing

Forest bathing is the Next Big Thing

Arkansas is the perfect place to try out this new health trend. Read all about the what, why, where and how here.

Most Viewed

  • Gunman shot by police early today in River Market

    KARK reports that police shot a man in an alley behind Ernie Biggs on Clinton Avenue in the River Market district about 2 a.m. today. His condition was not known, but initial reports said he was in surgery.

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation