The Transgender Veteran Experience: Policy Impacts on Treatment


This policy brief explores the active service experiences of transgender personnel and veterans. In particular, attention is paid to the types of services sought, the treatment for transgender veterans and the effect of VA policy on these veterans.


Service members and veterans who now no longer fear reprisal due to the repeal of the U.S. military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy are in a position to further the equality of other U.S. service members. The next fight should be to recognize transgender service members and veterans, whose stories and service often go unrecognized. This policy brief seeks to highlight the transgender veteran experience and the types of treatment they seek, as well as to focus on current policy at the VA for treatment of transgender individuals, and to offer recommendations for possible enhancements to this policy.

Full Reference

Alenkin, 2012. The transgender veteran experience: policy impacts on treatment. CIR Policy Brief.