LGBTQ+ Servicemember/Veteran Bill has 26 Cosponsors, Still No Movement

Update (07/19/2021) Since the last update, H.R. 1526 has continued to garner more cosponsors; however, no additional action has been taken to move the legislation forward. Below are the House members who have joined in support of the bill: Representative Jake Auchincloss (D-MA4) Representative Jamaal Bowman (D-NY16) Representative Ed Case (D-HI1) Representative Kathy Castor (D-FL14) Representative Daniel T. Kildee (D-MI5) Representative Scott H. Peters (D-CA52) … Continue reading LGBTQ+ Servicemember/Veteran Bill has 26 Cosponsors, Still No Movement

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VA Sec: Transgender Vets Get Gender Confirmation Surgery After Rulemaking Process

Today, Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough announced plans that the offer will start offering gender confirmation surgery to transgender Veterans. The announcement was made at a Pride event at the Orlando Vet Center in Florida. In prepared remarks, Secretary McDonough said, “We are taking the first necessary steps to expand VA’s care to include gender confirmation surgery — thereby allowing transgender vets to … Continue reading VA Sec: Transgender Vets Get Gender Confirmation Surgery After Rulemaking Process

Week 4: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder #MHM #MHAM

For each of Mental Health Month, the SITREP will post information and resources focused on a mental health issue. For Week Four, the focus is on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). American Psychological Association (APA) Make The Connection MedLinePlus National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) National Center for PTSD VA Mental Health The Weight of Rejection: Linking LGBTQ+ and PTSD (The Recovery Village)People in the LGTBQ+ … Continue reading Week 4: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder #MHM #MHAM

Week 3: Depression #MHM #MHAM

For each of Mental Health Month, the SITREP will post information and resources focused on a mental health issue. For Week Three, the focus is on Depression. American Psychological Association (APA) Make The Connection MedLinePlus National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) VA Mental Health Depression in the LGBT Population (Healthline)Depression affects LGBT people at higher rates than the heterosexual population, and LGBT youths are more … Continue reading Week 3: Depression #MHM #MHAM

Week 2: Bipolar Disorder #MHM #MHAM

For each of Mental Health Month, the SITREP will post information and resources focused on a mental health issue. For Week Two, the focus is on Bipolar Disorder. Make The Connection MedLinePlus National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) VA Mental Health Gay and bipolar disorder: What to know (Medical News Today)Gay people may be more likely to experience difficulties with their mental health. This is mainly … Continue reading Week 2: Bipolar Disorder #MHM #MHAM