My VA gender marker change didn’t quite go as planned – By Autumn Sandeen

“One can change one’s (Veterans Affairs) record to reflect one’s gender without genital reconstruction surgery.”

This was from the National Center For Transgender Equality’s (NCTE’s) talking points regarding a significant change to Veterans Affairs (VA) policies for transgender veterans. This change of policy on gender markers was clearly intended by the senior leadership of the VA when they put out the new policy document in mid-June, but how the policy is apparently being implemented is different from the initial intent.