Following President Trump’s declaration that he would ban transgender military service, CreagerCole placed an op-ed in the New York Daily News for our client, Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund. The commentary is written by TLDEF Board Co-Chair Alaina Kupec, a veteran who served as an intelligence officer in a Navy FA-18 Squadron.
The op-ed strongly denounces Trump’s action, calling it “blatant discrimination.” It goes on to say: “This will cost the country far more than it could ever potentially save, because replacing just two transgender service members will exceed the cost of medically treating all those currently serving. The Department of Defense-commissioned RAND study estimated the cost of medically treating all transgender service members is between $2 and $8 million. The cost to train just one military pilot alone is well over a million dollars over the course of their career.”
We commend Ms. Kupec for speaking out against this attack on dedicated transgender service members who are serving our nation with distinction.