"It's excruciating," the Tacoma Tribune reports, for Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier Jennifer Peace.
The Tribune says, "As she came to realize her true gender as a woman, Jennifer Peace knew she needed to have two difficult conversations."
According to the Tribune, "The first would be with her wife Deborah---The second would be with the Army."
"The Army," the Tribune notes, "has known Peace is a woman for almost a year, but still refers to her as a man."
This week VP Joe Biden set the record "straight"---on the matter.
The Tribune says of Peace, "She's a soldier not-so-patiently waiting for a new Pentagon policy she's almost certain will repeal the Defense Department's ban on transgender military service members."
Defense Secretary Ash Carter has convened a working group tasked with figuring out how to integrate transgender troops into ground level units.
Sue Fulton, a former Army officer who is president of a transgender military advocacy group, says, "There's a collective holding your breath."
With all due respect, many Americans are also holding our collective breath as we watch the United States military used as a social experimentation Petri dish by the far left now in power rather than the fighting force it is supposed to be.
Many within the military agree, but are silenced by the political correctness imposed by the progressives now sitting on the throne.
Peace says her biggest fear is being introduced to a new commander as a transgender soldier---not as highly qualified, capable intelligence officer.
Secretary Carter says the ban on transgenders creates confusion in the military---it is confusing for service members because they are told the qualification is whether they can do the job, but the rules regarding gender identity says the opposite.
Carter says knocking down the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy by this administration has helped clear the way for more of this kind of "progress."
He and the advocates working with the government are certain all this "will make the Armed Forces stronger."
VP Joe Biden agrees.
Biden set the record straight last Saturday while speaking to a LGBT-Human Rights Campaign fundraiser.
He said he is throwing his "unequivocal support" behind redefining service by transgenders in the military.
He told the crowd they should not worry about those seeking to "undo gay marriage and other advances" because "Americans have moved so far beyond them and their appeals to prejudice and fear and homophobia."
The man who will soon declare his candidacy for President of the United States said, "There's homophobes still left---most of them are running for president," referring to the Republican candidates.
Following the striking down of "Don't ask, Don't Tell," the Department of Defense admitted they had a huge problem with sexual assault by male soldiers on other men. Of 26,000 service members who were victims of sexual assault in 2012, about 14,000 of them were men assaulted by other men. This represented a 129% increase in assaults in general, and as the Center for Military Readiness pointed out, the 14,000 assaults on men were almost entirely perpetrated by other men.
The Pentagon didn't want to talk about it. Neither do I, but Americans must be informed.
Earlier this year the Center for Military Readiness addressed this and other related issues. Among their concerns was what they call "sexual orientation diversity promotions." A situation where some pretend to be homosexual, transgender, etc., to get preferential consideration for promotion.
Family Research Council has spoken to this issue:
Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jerry Boykin, Family Research Council's Executive Vice President, released the following statement:
“Considering the abysmal condition of our military and a decline in readiness, why is this a top priority for the Obama administration? Before changing any policy, the impact on military readiness has to be the first consideration. The Pentagon must answer whether this proposed policy makes our military more capable of performing its mission. The answer is a very clear and resounding no.
“This has everything to do with President Obama’s social agenda for the military, but it has nothing to do with enhancing military readiness. No new science has led to the Pentagon’ transgender study—only the politics of the Obama administration and the transgender movement.
“Allowing the Obama administration to use the military as a tool of social re-engineering will only undermine morale, unit cohesion, and readiness. It’s time that we allow the military to focus on its only job—defending our country against its enemies.”
While it may be traumatic and "excruciating" for Mr./Ms. Peace to wait for Obama's military leadership to take another bow before the Prince of Political Correctness, it is equally uncomfortable for many of us who believe this exercise is morally wrong, and that it undermines the capability and readiness of our military.
I'm reminded of Patrick Henry's warning: "When people forget God, tyrants forge their chains."
This most current crusade against Nature and Nature's God is not mere dementia, but complete moral Alzheimers.
God help us.
Be Informed. Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful.