WASHINGTON D.C – (04-15-22) – The Department of the Air Force (DAF) announced they are now offering medical and legal aid to personnel and their families as hundreds of anti-LGBTQ+ measures are being considered and passed in GOP majority state legislatures nationwide.

“Various laws and legislation are being proposed and passed in states across America that may affect LGBTQ Airmen, Guardians, and/or their LGBTQ dependents in different ways,” said DAF in a press release that was not widely publicized last month.

Assignment, legal, medical, and other resources are available to support LGBTQ+ Airmen and their family members, said DAF.

“The health, care and resilience of our DAF personnel and their families is not just our top priority – it’s essential to our ability to accomplish the mission,” Under Secretary of the Air Force Gina Ortiz Jones wrote in the statement. “We are closely tracking state laws and legislation to ensure we prepare for and mitigate effects to our Airmen, Guardians and their families. Medical, legal resources, and various assistance are available for those who need them.”

In just the first three months of 2022, the Republican party have put forth more than 300 bills considered discriminatory against LGBTQ+ Americans.

But here is the most terrifying thing about what the GOP are currently pushing. The numbers of bills being pushed through state houses are nothing compared to what the GOP are attempting to do outside of state chambers.

In Texas, publicity stunt hound Gov. Greg Abbott (R)  and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) in February, ordered state agencies to investigate the parents of trans and nonbinary minors for “abusing” their children by allowing them to receive gender-affirming care. Thankfully those investigations were immediately rejected by statewide prosecutors.

According to The Department of the Air Force, service members and their families in need of medical treatment or mental health support for medical concerns should first visit DAF medical treatment facilities.

Existing programs like the Air Force’s Exceptional Family Member Program, for personnel with a special needs family member, are also available to service members interested in a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) to help with navigating medical, legal and educational support for dependents while the family relocates.

“As is the case with all of our family members, if the support a family member needs becomes unavailable, commanders can work to get the service member to an assignment where their loved ones can receive the care needed,” said DAF.

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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