Sumter, SC (WLTX) - President Trump says the U.S. Military will no longer accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in its armed forces in any capacity, and people everywhere are reacting to it, including right here in the Midlands.
Air Force Veteran Amanda Evelyn Price served from February 1974 to January 1990 as a man before Don't Ask Don't Tell, until she came out as a transgender woman and was honorably discharged.
"I had done 16 years, fully served honorably" she said, "I had no disciplinary actions and they had made a difference between homosexuality and trans-sexuality at the time."
Price says the tweets published by the President sent this message to young transgender individuals, "you're not welcomed and we think less of you" she said.
With tears in her eyes she said she wants them to know this, "don't give up, please don't give up."
Price says a decision like this would not only hurt the LGBTQ community, but the military as well. "In the long run it hurts the military community because a lot of transgender men and woman are already serving and you don’t know it," said Price.
U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham said in a statement, "Let the military tell us about the policy change -- what is it, does it affect the people currently serving, and what is the recommendation? I want to know what's best for the military. It's not to turn the military into some social laboratory for the country as a whole. If you can show me transgender military service is good for the fighting force, then I'll be good to go. l don't want to do this based on a tweet. I want to be fair, and I want to know how it's working."