A reported 307,000 veterans have died while awaiting health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs. In May of 2015, 53-year-old military veteran Thomas Murphy pulled into a VA parking lot, put a gun up to his head and pulled the trigger. The incident is suspected to have been done in the VA parking lot to bring awareness to the department’s unacceptable shortcomings. Again, in July of 2015, 30-year-old military veteran Tom Young killed himself after being sent to voicemail when he called the VA’s suicide hotline. In as recent as March of this year, another veteran set himself on fire outside a VA clinic in New Jersey.

And the list, sadly, goes on.

While the VA lets countless brave men and women who have served our country die due to their utter incompetence, bureaucrats from the department are focusing their attention on paying for highly controversial sex-reassignment surgeries for self-identified transgenders. As reported by the Military Times, a new rule proposed by the department “would remove a long-held ban on the surgery.”

The proposal claims that "increased understanding of both gender dysphoria and surgical techniques in this area have improved significantly, and surgical procedures are now widely accepted in the medical community as medically necessary treatment for gender dysphoria."

"Gender dysphoria," states the proposal, "is a serious condition that has had severe medical consequences for certain patients if transition-related surgeries and procedures are not provided.”

It should be noted that though the VA is claiming that sex-reassignment surgery is the proper response to the mental illness of transgenderism, many in the medical field have warned against such action. One of the more vocal is former Chief of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital Dr. Paul R. McHugh, a man who has studied transgenderism and sex-reassignment surgeries for 40 years, who said that those who push for such surgeries which enable the mentally ill are simply “collaborating with madness.”

Johns Hopkins Hospital eventually stopped providing such surgeries after psychiatrists' research led them to conclude that the hospital was "fundamentally cooperating with a mental illness.”

Nevertheless, the president of the American Military Partner Association, Ashley Broadway-Mack, says the lift on the ban is "long overdue."

"So many veterans rely on the VA for important medical care that they have earned serving our nation, including transgender veterans,” said Broadway-Mack. “Gender confirmation surgery is often a critically important and medically necessary treatment, and lifting this ban is long overdue."

Veterans will reportedly be screened for the surgery on a case-by-case basis with medical professionals within the department.

"No timetable has been specified for when the department might start offering the surgery, but such changes can take several years to work through federal bureaucracy," notes Military Times.

The removal of the ban has reportedly been in the works since 2014, when Medicare officials fist lifted the ban on the controversial surgery.