A Ban in 140 Characters or Less
First, a little history.
In 1964, Donald J. Trump received his first deferment for military service, because he had just enrolled in college.
From 1965-1967, he got his 2nd, 3rd, and 4th deferments, because he was still in school.
In 1968, he received his 5th deferment … for bone spurs in his heels.
Okay, fast forward.
In 2016, Candidate Trump said: “I had a doctor that gave me a letter — a very strong letter on the heels."
Today, in 2017, President* Trump tweet-stormed: “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow...... ....Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming..... ....victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender [sic] in the military would entail. Thank you”
The draft-dodger-in-chief defended his decision by expressing concern over medical costs (although medical care for transgender soldiers costs less than a couple of his trips to Mar-a-Lago, and only a tiny fraction of what the military spends on Viagra.)
How to help defend transgender servicemembers
Read the response of former NAVY Seal and transgender activist Kristin Beck. In a nutshell: “let's meet face to face and you tell me I'm not worthy.” (Also check out the documentary Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story).
Call the Joint Chiefs of Staff at 703.545.6700 and urge them to explain the meaning of military service to POTUS* and clearly reject his decision. (The Joint Chiefs of Staff include representatives of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and National Guard. To reach the Coast Guard, tweet at Admiral Paul Zukunft.)
Connect with and support the Transgender American Veterans Association.
Also, connect with and support the groups defending the rights of transgender people in every realm of American life, including but not limited to military service (for example, in schools, workplaces, and public spaces like restrooms): the National Center for Transgender Equality, the Human Rights Campaign's Parents for Transgender Equality Council, the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Transgender Law Center, GetEQUAL, GLAAD, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and New York's Sylvia Rivera Law Project and FIERCE.