Vets Suffer After VA Promotes Transgender Programs
Under former President Barack Obama, veterans seeking health care though the Department of Veterans Affairs were often neglected or mistreated, but that didn’t stop one VA medical center from bragging about its transgender initiative.
The Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center in Ohio was the subject of praise from the LGBT community in 2015 when it announced the opening of a clinic specializing in the care of transgender patients, such as giving them taxpayer-funded sex-change hormones, The Daily Caller reported.
However, when it came to the other 111,000 veterans in the hospital’s care, the VA center failed miserably in providing adequate treatment, including not ensuring that its medical equipment was clean and its employees were properly trained.
“Opening this transgender clinic allows us to continue to provide compassionate care in a space dedicated specifically to transgender veterans,” Susan Fuehrer, the hospital’s director, told The Cleveland Plain Dealer in 2015.
Evan Young, president of the Transgender American Veterans Association, commended the VA for “stepping up their game” with the opening of the Cleveland transgender clinic, according to CBS.
Unfortunately, the hospital had not stepped up its game when it came to the basic care and treatment for the remaining 111,000 veterans who depended on Louis Stokes Cleveland VA, the inspector general found.