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Plan of Action

 

Research current law and VA regulations and policy concerning treatment related to Gender Identity Disorder [DSM IV, Gender Identity Disorder of Childhood (302.6), Adolescence, or Adulthood (302.85), or Gender Identity Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (GIDNOS) (302.6)];

Gather and analyze valid demographic data concerning

o Denial of service to veterans due to acknowledged or suspected GID;

o The range and depth of Benjamin Standards of Care treatment provided for preoperative, postoperative, and nonoperative transsexuals in the various VA regions and health care facilities, including denial of GID-related medical and mental health care;

Determine a course of action to eliminate denial of authorized services to veterans due to their having GID.

Determine and describe GID treatment shortcomings;

Develop a reasonable set of treatment options for veterans with GID;

Determine impediments to VA provision of adequate treatment for veterans with GID, including, but not limited to, Public Law, VA regulations, attitude of local VA managers, and lack of staff education;

Develop recommended changes to Public Law and/or VA policy and procedures;

Develop a plan to advocate changes to law, policy, and procedures;

Develop consensus among Veterans Groups of the validity of both the needed changes and the methods for advocating change;

Institute action by a coalition of groups to bring necessary changes to fruition;

Lend assistance with legal organizations that provide service to any active duty service member if they have been outed while on duty. This will include:

o Lambda Legal

o American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

o Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN)

o And other private services

Work toward providing an open dialogue with the Department of Defense and the military services on issues concerning transgender and transsexual military personnel; 

Work with national veterans' organizations to help educate them on TG/TS issues; and Educate the nation in understanding that "We served proudly, too."

 

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