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Army says it doesn't provide the treatment or sex-reassignment surgery

Published: Thursday, Aug. 22 2013 9:30 a.m. MDT

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UteMiguel
Go Utes, CA

I hope my tax dollars are not used for this "therapy."

Christopher B
Ogden, UT

What exactly does he mean "as a woman"?

Societies around the world for thousands of years have used a consistent and correct definition for man and woman.

If liberals are proposing a chance, what is the new definition of man and woman?

And no, it can't be "whatever your mind tells you"

If my mind tells me I'm a purple dinosaur, I am not a purple dinosaur

If my mind tells me I am the number 8, I am not the number 8.

If my mind tells me I am a piano, I am not a piano.

Christopher B
Ogden, UT

Why does he think he is a woman?

What specifically about him makes him believe he is a woman?

And whatever that is, that must be a definining characteristic that all women have, and only women have(if that is what is convincing him he is a woman)

So again I ask, what do all women have that he knows he is a woman?

bdckpakccd
Plano, TX

UteMiguel---My thoughts exactly. This should not be paid for using public funds. I really, really hope this isn't a cheap ploy to get out of his awful situation.

JWB
Kaysville, UT

He must have heard about the California law just signed into effective law. Hopefully, they don't put him in a federal prison or leased prison in California where he will tweak his desire now that he has been sentenced to less than what the Government wanted.

Prodicus
Provo, UT

This is the kind of military we can look forward to in the post-DADT era. Thoroughly confused, mixed up, and turned around (that's the etymology of "perverted" - thoroughly turned around) individuals who are happy to betray their country and the lives of our allies if they don't think their cross-dressing is taken seriously enough.

Chaplains and counselors are being told they cannot discourage this kind of stuff. Psychologists have ripped up the old DSMs which recognized these kinds of things as disordered and instead will try to drive anybody who thinks this is unhealthy out of the profession.

Welcome to our "brave new world."

J-TX
Allen, TX

I hope he/she pursues legally changing his/her name to "Chelsea Manning" while behind bars.

That way, when they look to parole "Bradley Manning" in 7 years, he won't exist.

Chelsea can then stay in prison for life, as deserved.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

I don't care, as long as he doesn't want me (or tax payers) to pay the bill, and he doesn't want a transfer to a woman's facility.

I think if prisoners were given the choice to be transferred to a woman's facility they would all take it. MUCH less chance of getting raped or beat up.

Contrarius
mid-state, TN

@Christopher B --

"Societies around the world for thousands of years have used a consistent and correct definition for man and woman."

Really?

Exactly what is this "consistent and correct definition"? Please be specific.

Tekakaromatagi
Dammam, Saudi Arabia

I am a flying purple dinosaur and if you don't believe me you are a bigot.

joy
Logan, UT

He obviously seems to be an intelligent individual which tells me he knew what he was doing was wrong
so he should have been tried for Treason. They think his three years he has been waiting for trial should be
time spent and now released. Are you kidding me. What is wrong with these defense attorneys do they not have
a conscience?
As for his therapy that's his personal choice and he needs to deal with it. Not with tax payer money.
The only chance we have for that not to happen is it's a military court opposed to our Supreme Court.
They'd grant it without hesitation.

Play Nice
Herriman, UT

I place this on the priority list of how to not spend American dollars right next to not sending another dime to Egypt. . . ever.

Daniel Leifker
San Francisco, CA

As I recall, the city of San Francisco offers medical benefits to city employees that includes sex-change operations. When this change to benefits was originally debated, some people argued (presumably with a straight face) that gender reassignment should not be included as a benefit because it would encourage people to "experiment" with sex-change operations at the taxpayer's expense. The benefit was offered, though, with a $50,000 cap on total expenses. Interestingly, at the time, male-to-female surgery was estimated to cost $37,000 and female-to-male (for obvious extra work) was $77,000. I hope Bradley Manning can do whatever he needs to do to end his suffering.

redshirt007
tranquility base, 00

Well it's true, you just can't make this stuff up. Fiction writers everywhere are shaking their heads because it would be considered over the top if they wrote it..

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

Does Obamacare pick up sex changes? Most likely. Bradley - I mean Chelsea - you will be taken care of dear.

We live in a weird world!!

Christopher B
Ogden, UT

@Contrarious,

The same definition hospitals around the world use when filling out birth certificates. The doctors at the hospitals have been to medical school and they who to look for to determine if someone is a man or a woman.

Ironmomo
Ogden, Utah

I think Bradley is taking the Army's slogan "Be All That You Can Be" the wrong way.

Furry1993
Ogden, UT

He wants a sex change operation? Let him wait until he gets out of jail, hopefully in 35 years time, and then let him pay for it himself.

stanfunky
Salt Lake City, UT

Not exactly the thing you want to say before entering a federal prison for 35 years. Just sayin...

riverofsun
St.George, Utah

Mr./Miss Manning is an individual who has been touted as a hero by many.
Just because he has changed his own private life to what he sees fit, he no long qualifies as a hero?
Thought everyone was so proud of him for putting the truth out for everyone to see?
Did he not behavior similarly to Edward Snowdon, who many feel "sacrificed his life" to extol the "hidden truths" for all to see?

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