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    No Timeline for Trans Vet Surgeries, VA Says 2 Years After Announcing Coverage

    Two years after the Department of Veterans Affairs said it would cover gender-affirmation surgery for transgender veterans, the department now says it has no timeline for when the procedures will actually be offered.

    Uncertainty on when the department may follow through on a high-profile announcement in June 2021 that it would provide the health care comes as the issues of rights have been thrust again into the national spotlight and become political lightning rods. The VA originally said the process to implement the policy would take about two years.

    Anti-transgender sentiment is on the rise among the political right, with hundreds of bills being introduced in state legislatures this year aimed at rolling back transgender rights. In recent days, the VA has been criticized by lawmakers for flying Pride Month flags. Republicans in Congress have also increasingly attacked the Biden administration's efforts to support LGBT service members and veterans.

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    The VA denied that the delay is related to the growing anti-trans movement, saying it is taking its time to craft the policy carefully and thoroughly.

    “There are several steps to take, which will take time,” VA press secretary Terrence Hayes said in a statement to .com. “But we are moving ahead, methodically, because we want this important change in policy to be implemented in a…

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