In the wake of an ever-burgeoning "wait for them to die" scandal within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the heavy hitters in the Obama Administration have made their priorities known; specifically, while accusations swirl of purposeful lack of medical attention to vets have resulted in needless deaths, the head honcho himself for the Department of Defense (DoD)greased the skids for a convicted turncoat to receive a taxpayer subsidized sex change operation. As reported on May 14, 2014 by both the Toronto, Canada-based The Globe and Mail and also the USA TODAY news portal, convicted renegade soldier Bradley Manning could soon be transferred to a civilian hospital on the orders the Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, according to two Pentagon officials speaking on grounds of anonymity.
In an announcement by Pentagon press secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, "the Secretary approved a request by Army leadership to evaluate potential treatment options for inmates diagnosed with gender dysphoria." If and when approved, Manning will be transferred from the Leavenworth, Kansas military prison (officially deemed the United States Disciplinary Barracks) to a yet to be identified civilian hospital for Manning's sexual reassignment surgery. Reportedly, Secretary Hagel personally gave the official thumb's up last month for the Army "to try to work out a transfer plan with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, which does provide such treatment."
Bradley Manning, who now demands to be called "Chelsea," was sentenced to a 35-year stretch in Leavenworth after being found guilty of "six Espionage Act violations and 14 other offences for giving WikiLeaks [founder Julian Assange] more than 700,000 secret military and U.S. State Department documents, along with battlefield video." Despite still maintaining male genitalia, a Leavenworth County District Judge ruled last month to Manning's official name change without any opposition from the US Army, all presumably at taxpayer expense.
As cited by Health.com, the total cost of sexual reassignment surgery ranges from a total of $40,000 to $50,000 for "mid-range transition, including surgery." Not ending there, the cost of hormone therapy ranges from $25 to $200 per month, "depending on which hormones are prescribed."
Meanwhile, back at the VA...
With the revelations of Americans spending their hard-earned money on Manning's sex change operation, eyebrows have been raised in light of the flurry of accusations and official moves made by the government since the VA was accused of maintaining a "secret waiting list" at their hospital in Phoenix, Arizona which may have resulted in unnecessary delays of medical treatment that very possibly could be tied to the deaths of upwards of 40 veterans.
As reported by CNN on May 13, 2014, since the allegations of the secret list in Phoenix came to light, two Durham (NC) VA Medical Center employees have been placed on paid leave due to "inappropriate scheduling practices." While the San Antonio, Texas VA facility has just seen a scheduler is accusing clerks of "cooking the books" at their bosses' request to "hide the fact some had to wait weeks, if not months, for appointments." Not to be outdone, the Ft. Collins, Colo. satellite clinic, which is answerable to the larger Cheyenne, Wyo. clinic, is under investigation for "gaming the system" in order to make "Cheyenne look good."