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Gender Dysphoria and Transgendered

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Transgender N.J. veterans win fight for name change on Army discharge papers



Jennifer, an Army veteran who served 29 years and earned the Bronze Star, was one of two N.J. veterans who had their discharge papers changed to reflect their new transgendered lifestyles after the military, the ACLU announced. (Amanda Brown for the ACLU-NJ)


Seth Augenstein | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com By Seth Augenstein | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com 
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on December 03, 2014 at 9:20 AM, updated December 03, 2014 at 12:41 PM




Two veterans who changed their gender identities after being discharged have claimed a victory after the military changed their documents to reflect their new names, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey.


Jennifer and Nicolas, whose names are being withheld by the organization, had the names of their DD-214 discharge forms changed by the Army Board of Correction of Military Records, the ACLU said.


Jennifer was a sergeant major who served in the Army for 29 years as a man and earned the Bronze Tour during several overseas tours, the group said. Nicolas, a New Jersey National Guardsman, served for nine years as a woman. Each got their discharge papers to reflect their new names and identities, according to the documents posted online.


“The evidence shows that, after a military career as a male, she obtained a court-ordered name change and underwent all medical and surgical procedures necessary to transition from male to female, the Army Review Boards wrote of Jennifer on Nov. 12.


“The evidence shows that, after a military career as a female, he obtained court-ordered name change and a birth certificate with his new name and his sex shown as male,” the same agency wrote about Nicolas the same day.


The two veterans said the Army's decision was about more than just type on a printed page.


“This is about much more than a change on a piece of paper,” said Jennifer. “This is about the relief of knowing that when I apply for a job, or a home loan, or anything where my veteran status is relevant, I can do it as myself.”


“This small change in a personnel document means a huge change for veterans like me,” said Nicolas.


The ACLU, who sent letters requesting the change on behalf of the two veterans, said the changes were a “victory.”


“With this decision, the U.S. Army has recognized the importance of reflecting service members’ true identities accurately,” said Jeanne LoCicero, the ACLU of New Jersey’s deputy legal director.


Seth Augenstein can be reached at saugenstein@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @SethAugenstein. Find NJ.com on Facebook.


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