An ex-Navy doctor is offering free surgery for her transgender military patients, after President Donald Trump tweeted about banning transgender people in the military last week.
Photo: Brianna Soukup/Palm Beach Post
Photo: Brianna Soukup/Palm Beach Post

Ex-Navy doc offers free surgery for transgender military patients

An ex-Navy surgeon said she will perform free transgender surgery for military members already on her list after Donald Trump announced he would stop them from serving in the military.

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Dr. Christine McGinn made her comments on Saturday on CNN and said she would offer the free service to anyone affected by the new ban

"If the commander-in-chief won't take care of our veterans, our veterans will," McGinn told CNN’s Michael Smerconish

McGinn is transgender herself and began her transition in 2000 while she was a senior flight surgeon at the largest reserve base in the country. She was later nominated for the U.S. Navy Flight Surgeon of the Year award. 

On Wednesday, Trump made his announcement on Twitter saying he was barring transgenders from serving in the military because of their “tremendous medical costs” and their service would cause “disruption.”

>> Related: Joint Chiefs: Transgender policy won’t change until Pentagon gets it in writing from Trump

Current Department of Defense policy allows for transgender people to serve openly and says individuals “can no longer be discharged or otherwise separated from the military solely for being transgender individuals.”

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