Day 538 Veterans for Peace

Today is Tuesday. I am a member of the organization Veterans for Peace. I joined when I lived in Indiana. I would like to share a message the chapter there sent. I believe we need to respect all people..;)

“VETERANS FOR PEACE CHAPTER 104
STATEMENT ON THE BANNING OF THE RECRUITMENT
AND ACCEPTANCE OF TRANSGENDER MEMBERS
IN THE US ARMED SERVICES

August 25, 2017
11:05pm

Contact Gary E. May, President
Veterans For Peace
Evansville, IN Chapter 104
812-455-4750

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The officers and members of Veterans For Peace, Evansville, IN Chapter 104 object, in the strongest possible terms, to the President’s ill-advised and mean spirited directive banning transgender members from joining the US armed forces. The egregious Presidential Directive also prohibits the expenditure of Department of Defense resources on medical regimens to treat transgender individuals currently serving.

Our experience and knowledge are that the US armed forces have historically been populated by capable and honorable people of incredible diversity of racial, ethnic, and cultural background, sexual orientation and agreement or disagreement with the sex assigned to them. The President’s spiteful action ignores this reality and betrays previous commitments made to the transgender community and undermines the integrity of military service.

This offensive directive is said to be motivated as a cost saving measure. The US military budget is larger than the TOTAL of dozens of other countries that rank among the top military spenders in the world; the President has requested a $54 billion increase in defense department spending. Historically, defense expenditures have been squandered on useless and unwanted weapons systems and numerous misguided invasions and foreign escapades.

In these days of increasing and cavalier wars or near-wars and actual threats, we should utilize our military resources judiciously. EVERYONE serving under arms, by their presence in the all-volunteer force, has affirmed a desire to contribute to the country’s safety. We should value, preserve and develop their diverse skills and perspectives.

This directive, issued under cover of a major life-threatening hurricane, is an insult to all persons serving in the military and veterans. The reality is that those of us who have served and those currently serving do so to protect and extend the freedoms for ALL people.”
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