Transgender troops want to prove Congress that they are not weaker after transition

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Five active duty transgender service members testified in front of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel to prove that the transition did not make them unable to serve for their country as now they feel much stronger than ever before. Army Staff Sergeant Patricia King has served in the military for 19 years and has been deployed to Afghanistan three times. Navy Lieutenant Commander Blake Dremann and Army Captain Jennifer Peace have both been in the armed forces for more than 15 years, while Army Captain Alivia Stehlik has been serving for a decade and Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Akira Wyatt for seven years. Stehlik, an infantry officer and West Point graduate who has been serving for a decade, transitioned 2 years ago and has recently come back from deployment. “My transition—and so many others—has dramatically increased the readiness and lethality of every branch of the armed forces,” Stehlik told the committee. Committee chairwoman, Congresswoman Jackie Speier, organised the meeting and thanked the transgender troops for their courage in sharing their experience on such a public platform.

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