Pentagon pays for gender surgery on transgender soldier

The soldier, who identifies as a woman, became the first active-duty service member to receive such an operation paid for by the Defense Department when she went under the knife on Tuesday.

The Pentagon has paid for an infantry soldier to undergo gender transition surgery after a federal judge blocked President Trump's ban on transgender service members last month.The soldier, who identifies as a woman, became the first active-duty service member to receive such an operation paid for by the Defense Department when she went under the knife on Tuesday.Vice Admiral Raquel Bono, head of the Defense Health Agency, which provides medical care to active-duty personnel, approved the wai...