In the wake of President Trump’s ban on transgender people serving in the military, one combat veteran explains that a war theater is no place for the gender confused and is better left that way, reports The Daily Caller.
J.R. Salzman was the veteran who in a series of tweets recounted his experiences in Iraq in 2006. He explains that he was stationed at an isolated firebase in the blazing heat and experienced constant stress from the intense nature of his job.
“Everyday was Groundhog Day,” Salzman tweeted. “Wake up and do the same patrols, the same shifts, every single day. It was so damn hot. 150° in the gun trucks.
“The stress of being out there and doing the same job every single day eats away at you,” Salzman said. “The younger guys had problems with that overtime.”
“After stepping on each other’s nuts living in the same can for five months, guys were at each other’s throats,” Salzman added. “The stress made it worse.”
Salzman paints a very clear picture of what war is like and how in situations like the ones he describes in his tweets, is no place for someone who is also battling with their own identity.
Many of the men that were stationed with Salzman who weren’t even suffering from mental health issues would often snap at one another, and just think about what a person would do if they were also going through a transition with their gender identity and also facing the pressures of a war.
Due to service members being in such close quarters with each other, “any tiny little personal issue they had suddenly became a mountain.” Salzman further pointed out that introducing service members to the team who are “mentally, emotionally, or physically confused or in turmoil” will inevitably lead to people getting killed.
Salzman noted that with his vast experience being in a war zone, transgenders in that same environment are like a “ticking time bomb” and that “political correctness has absolutely no place in the military.”
In July, Trump announced that he would not “accept or allow” transgenders serving openly in the military, citing medical costs and general disruption. There most recent update about the ban has been that 15 Democratic Attorney Generals have said they oppose the ban.
But perhaps these Attorney General who probably haven’t seen a single day of combat should listen to the seasoned veteran who gave his arm fighting for this amazing country.