Transgender veteran speaks against transgender military ban

Sierra Davis served in the Marines for four years.

“I earned the eagle glove and anchor, I know several transgender veterans and service members. We're still a part of the military,” said Sierra Davis, veteran.

Davis joined the marines when she was 17, back then she had not transitioned yet.

“I figured that would be a really good way to be as masculine as I could, and still be of service to my country,” said Davis.

Sierra was fighting another battle too, struggling to live as her true self. But  she did love every bit of being in the infantry and serving her country.

“I felt being a boot on the ground would be the most immediate help to the most people,” said Davis.

She believes Wednesday's tweet from President Donald Trump is a setback

“I was shut down. I pretty much lost all hope,” said Davis.

"Based on consultation he has had with his national security team, he has come to the conclusion it erodes military readiness and unit cohesion,” said Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House Press Secretary.

Trump's ban is getting mixed reception on Capitol Hill as well. Senator John McCain weighed in saying quote, "There is no reason to force service members who are able to fight, train, and deploy to leave the military-regardless of their gender identity."

Trump stated medical costs could be an issue with the transgender community. A study from RAND Corporation found that military healthcare costs would increase by $2.4 to $8.4 million, that’s a  .04 to.13 increase.

“If you are wanting to cut costs, there are other places to cut costs,” said Davis.

Sierra just hopes the president can rethink his decision.

“If you want to go die for your country you should be allowed to die for your country,” said Davis.

The RAND Corporation's study found there are between 1,320–6,630 transgender people active in the military.

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