Over the course of the last year, topics which may directly or indirectly effect our active and reserve military students have found the 24-hour news cycle. For those who have or currently serving in the military, basic benefits, especially medical are needed during and after their active or reserve service career. Medical and mental health services are continuously being cut for the most vulnerable. The basic care that had been promised to those who are willing to fight for our country and the freedoms bestowed are not being given what has been rightfully earned. The initial announcement in July 2017 banning transgender individuals to serve in the military caused great concern and extensive discussion on the topics of discrimination and the presumed “tremendous medical costs” of the procedures and the resulting “savings” which had been the primary tenet for the ban. The latest pronouncement in March of 2018 banning transgender military personnel to continue in their military careers or joining the service was met with the same fervor of discussion among military students. Discussions with military students had revealed that many know of or trained and worked besides military personnel who are transgender. The following poem is based on these discussions.
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