America's transgender military veterans felt burned when President Trump tweeted he would not be allowing transgender individuals to serve in the U.S. armed forces.
After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017
....Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017
"To think that there are actually trans people right now in Iraq and Afghanistan defending his right to discriminate against us really doesn't make any sense to me," said Blue Montana, a Marine Corp veteran, in an interview with KSNV.
"I wanted to vomit," said Gage Gatlyn, a transgender Navy and Army Reserve veteran living in Ohio. "This is not something that we even need to be discussing."
Trump's tweets went on to say that transgender individuals bring "tremendous medical costs" and "disruption" to the military.
While Trump's proposed military service ban has only made it as far as a tweet, transgender veterans who served can't help but feel stung.
"There's no reason to fear transgender people," says Bethany Sweger, a transgender veteran from Pennsylvania who served in the Air Force.
Trans people are Americans, too. We have the right to lay down our lives for our country just like anyone else.
"He's wrong," says Rubee Mayfield, an Army veteran, from North Carolina. "If you've got the heart to put your life on the line for this country, then you deserve the right to do it. Plain and simple."
Transgender veterans say their wounds hurt as much as anyone else's.
"I received wounds to my legs, my hands. I had a traumatic brain injury," said Stephanie Heart, a transgender Purple Heart recipient from California. "Trans people are Americans, too. We have the right to lay down our lives for our country just like anyone else."
One veteran we talked to is planning to fight back.
"We're going to stand up and fight this," said Sharon Queen from Oklahoma. "We're going to fight anything else that keeps us from being treated as equal people."