The Department of Veterans Affairs is still denying care to veterans, but that hasn't stopped them from opening a clinic for transgenders.
The transgender clinic will be a part of the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center in Ohio and will have an official opening ceremony on Thursday. The clinic will provide "primary care services alongside hormonal therapy and mental health care." This particular VA currently treats 24 transgenders.
Overall, there are 15,500 transgenders serving in the military and 134,000 transgender veterans. The Pentagon is expected to lift a ban on transgenders openly serving in the military next year.
The fact that this clinic is opening contradicts claims from the left that the problems in the VA are due to a lack of funding. Funding was never the issue–as their budget almost tripled between 2000-2012–and the opening of this transgender clinic is reflective of that.
Meanwhile, almost 900,000 veterans are still waiting to have their claims processed and wait times in the VA have increased by 50 percent. Veterans were dying due to the lack of available care. The problems in the VA are clearly systemic, and the administration focuses on dedicating clinics for transgenders?
"I don’t understand why we have such a problem, because there have been a number of surveys of veterans, and, overall, veterans who do get treated are satisfied with their treatment."
On October 23, Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton downplayed the VA scandal.
"I don’t understand why we have such a problem, because there have been a number of surveys of veterans, and, overall, veterans who do get treated are satisfied with their treatment," Clinton said.
She later tried to walk back her comments, saying she was "outraged" that the VA is still denying care to veterans. But apparently Clinton has no problem with the VA allocating resources for veterans to chop off their genitals instead of focusing on the systemic problems in the system.
This is why the vast majority of veterans support privatizing the VA. It's clear that the federal government is not interested in providing the care that veterans need, preferring to appease its progressive base.