SAN DIEGO – A former U.S. naval combat-tested officer said she feels angry that President Donald Trump is saying transgender veterans like her should be considered unfit to serve.
Another transgender service member said he will not be kicked out without a fight.
Transgender veterans and active-duty troops spoke Wednesday about Trump’s Twitter pronouncement banning transgender people from military service.
Here are their stories:
OFFENSIVE TO MILITARY VALUES
Paula M. Neira, who left the Navy in 1991 and transitioned to female after leaving active duty, said she was angry at Trump’s announcement. It brought up bad memories for the naval officer, who served on Sept. 11, 2001.
She said the commander in chief is sending the message that the country does not want transgender troops.
“Nobody who is willing to volunteer to defend our country should ever be told that they’re not fit because of other people’s prejudice, and not because of any military necessity,” she said.
VOWING TO FIGHT