Sexual Dysfunction In Veterans Is Not A Joke

When Trumps anti-Transgender tweets first made the rounds I definitely agreed/shared memes comparing the cost of erectile dysfunction medicines to Transgender medical care. But very soon after I started seeing those, I read an article about how Sexual Dysfunction is a VERY common response of Veterans with PTSD. And suddenly, it no longer seemed like a good group to target in our defense. I regret ever sharing those memes or numbers out and I want to maybe keep you from doing the same thing.

The Anti-Transgender policy is going to make headlines again as the White House makes it official soon, and I encourage you to avoid the memes/arguments that somehow pit the cost of sexual dysfunction medicines agains the cost of Transgender medical care. They should BOTH be covered and we shouldn’t joke about medical dysfunction just to make our case for Transgender military members. Here’s one of the original articles I read which links to other sources.

We can surely make our case without shaming men and women who are suffering. Use this one instead. It shows how little we spend on Transgender care without targeting another vulnerable group.

One thought on “Sexual Dysfunction In Veterans Is Not A Joke

  1. Jamie says:

    I didn’t have an issue with Transgender care specifically, I take issue with the military doing elective surgeries when I have to fight tooth and nail to get my son medical equipment he NEEDS. Realistically, I understand the approval process for any kind of elective surgery is long and arduous, and few people would probably be approved. But I get a little grumpy when I hear of service members getting tummy tucks and breast lifts (that are not related to service injuries etc), and it took me over a year of battling roller-coaster blood sugars to get my young son an insulin pump. I’m still trying to get glucose monitoring.

    I try to be compassionate and understanding but it can be hard when you only see the results but not the underlying reasons someone had an elective surgery approved. People get penile implants after prostate removal surgery, or breast implants because their breast tissue was removed. I don’t know people’s struggles. I also know military healthcare can be capricious and inconsistent.

    Shame is the easy way out. Most data like this is simply a bit of jazz hands to distract from the true cost or impact of something to further an agenda. But usually until it affects YOU, nobody really cares how a comparison like this impacts someone who is struggling with a condition. (You touch on similar themes when you talk about social injustice and racial/class divides).

    Your point of view shifts depending which side of the trench you’re on… or in.

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