by Hannah Parry, Daily Mail
The Pentagon has paid for an infantry soldier to undergo gender transition surgery after a federal judge blocked President Trump’s ban on transgender service members last month.
The soldier, who identifies as a woman, became the first active-duty service member to receive such an operation paid for by the Defense Department when she went under the knife a couple weeks ago.
Vice Admiral Raquel Bono, head of the Defense Health Agency, which provides medical care to active-duty personnel, approved the waiver request for the surgery Monday, defense officials told NBC News.
The patient is an Afghanistan veteran who earned a Combat Infantry Badge in Operation Anaconda in 2003.
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