The Department of Veterans Affairs is moving to make gender-affirming surgeries covered by the department’s healthcare, Secretary Denis McDonoughDenis Richard McDonoughThe Hill’s Morning Report – After high-stakes Biden-Putin summit, what now? Overnight Defense: Supreme Court declines to hear suit challenging male-only draft | Drone refuels Navy fighter jet for the first time | NATO chief meets with Austin, Biden Biden’s no-drama White House chief MORE announced Saturday.
While speaking at a Pride Month event at the Orlando Vet Center in Florida, McDonough said the agency was “taking the first necessary steps to expand VA’s care to include gender confirmation surgery,” which he said would allow “transgender vets to go through the full gender confirmation process with VA at their side,” according to CNN.
“There are several steps to take, which will take time. But we are moving ahead, methodically, because we want this important change in policy to be implemented in a manner that has been thoroughly considered to ensure that the services made available to Veterans meet VA’s rigorous standards for quality health care,” he added.