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VA Secretary nominee promises protections for transgender veterans
7/10/2018

MILITARY TIMES --- Veterans Affairs Secretary nominee Robert Wilkie promised lawmakers this week that suicide prevention will remain the department's top clinical priority and transgender veterans will not see any benefits changes if he is confirmed for the post. Wilkie, 55, was advanced by the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee members on Tuesday, likely setting up a full chamber vote on his appointment later this month. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., voted against Wilkie, the first time a senator has opposed a VA secretary nominee since the department was reorganized into a Cabinet-level post 30 years ago.

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VA Secretary nominee promises protections for transgender veterans