Policy Clarified for Vets Changing Gender Markers
By Trudy Ring /span>http://www.advocate.com/authors.aspx?searchterm=Trudy%20Ring>
Transgender veterans will now be able to change the gender marker on their
medical records by simply providing a physician’s letter confirming gender
reassignment, according to a clarification of a Veterans Health
The VHA, which is part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, issued a
directive last year on providing respectful and appropriate care to
transgender veterans, but it was not clear about the documentation needed
for changing the gender marker, notes the National Center for Transgender
requirement for “official documentation ... was initially interpreted
incorrectly by some staff and facilities to require proof of sex
reassignment surgery,” the center reports.
Now, with the clarification, “a vet must simply provide a letter from a
physician certifying that the vet has changed genders and has had
appropriate clinical treatment for gender transition,” according to the
blog. “To be clear, the physician’s letter does not need to certify that
some specific surgery or any particular medical procedure has been
completed — only appropriate clinical care for the individual veteran as
determined by the physician.”
This is similar to documentation now required by the U.S. State Department
for changing gender markers on passports and by some states for doing so on
driver’s licenses. The center is preparing “a user-friendly guide” to the
policy and will release it in a few weeks
Sherrie L. Hans, PhD
Deputy Chief Officer
National Center for Ethics in Health Care
Veterans Health Administration
810 Vermont Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20420
I I am a vet that lives in Phoenix Az I had my gender marker changed at the VA and had no problem I had a letter from my doctor
I just got my 1172/deers changed to "F" on 5 Nov at Ft. Myers. They asked for my DL, SS card, SS printout showing "F", and retired military I.D. They faxed it off to an approving authority. When the clerk verified they got it, they (you know whoever they are), then said they wanted the hospital/doctor statement/letter saying I had srs. I came prepared for bear so I gave it to him and again he faxed that off.
I walked out with a new 1172 with a "F" on it. Yes it can be done.
Now when I get married on Friday I can get a dependant I.D. showing I am the wife of a Navy O5 Pilot.
I will have 3 I.D. cards then. One for the Army as retired MSG (me), One for retired GS11 (me), and one for dependant of an officer (my hubby).