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Decorated war vet and Senator asks Congress to stop trans military ban

Senator Tammy Duckworth has a few words to say to the government regarding trans military ban.
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Anya Crittenton

As word comes out about a possible guidance on banning transgender men and women serving or want to serve in the military, one veteran and Senator is speaking out against it.

Illinois Senator and veteran Tammy Duckworth was sworn into office this year. She served in the U.S. Army from 1992 to 2014.

Her military performance was stellar. She earned many medals including the Purple Heart.

During the Iraqi War in 2004, Duckworth’s helicopter was shot down causing her to lose both of her legs.

She is not at all happy with the proposed trans ban, and in a tweet on Thursday expressed her feelings about it.

“When I was bleeding to death in my Black Hawk, I didn’t care if the troops saving me were gay, straight, transgender, black, white or brown.

All that mattered was they didn’t leave me behind.

If you are willing to risk your life for our country and you can do the job, you should be able to serve — no matter your gender identity or sexual orientation.

Anything else is not just discriminatory, it is disruptive to our military and it is counterproductive to our national security.”

Her statement concludes imploring Congress to do something to make sure it doesn't happen: 

If the President enacts this ban, which would harm our military readiness, the Democratic and Republican Members of Congress who oppose this discrimination must enact legislation that prevents it from taking effect.”​