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Trump's lottery number was 356, way after the 195 they went to that first lottery in 1969. Prior to the lottery, I guess he used his bone spur to make him ineligible. Had they taken him, though, he may well have been a 2nd Lieutenant, because he had already received his college degree. Considering that a platoon would have thought him to be a royal a-hole, he would probably now be but another name etched into the granite ("friendly" fire). I had considered enrolling in the ROTC program when the draft got close to my lottery number, until a vet who lived in my dorm told me how a 2LT was looked upon. Maybe Trump would have gone in as a General, though; he has said he's smarter than all of them, anyway.You were certainly not the only one self-medicating during that "war". Not the only transgender person, either, struggling internally with their gender identity. I'm glad that you got past that; many never do.Trump is all for closeted trans soldiers. He just doesn't want the "sissies" enlisting just to get GRS for free. With all due respect for the VA docs you are able to see, I think I would opt for another surgeon for that procedure.
Most certainly rump would have been nominated for the "frag" award. I too was encouraged to go in as an officer, since I had my college degree, but I not so politely declined as I valued my life more than a commission. FYI, the VA does not cover any surgery related to gender dysphoria, just the hormones, wigs etc.
I know that the VA does not cover the surgery, but Trump's administration has used the possibility that it would apply to active military - even though the cost would be but a small fraction of the entire military budget.
Connie, as your Brother in law said you had nothing to feel guilty about not serving. It's people like the Rump that has to apologize. As for outing yourself, unless you had documentation (something that was really hard to get back then) you might have been looked at as just another individual that was trying to get out of serving. I watched a guy wearing women's underwear get accepted because he didn't have a note from his doctor. Just a little background on me, my number was 72 in 1970 but I joined to at least give myself a little choice in how I would serve. I also joined because of the thought that the military would make a man out of me and end my GD. I can honestly state that it didn't chance anything except my choice in clothing during my on duty time.As Cyrsti discovered, the down the road benefits would come in handy. I am fully covered for medical by the VA and have discovered many of the benefits from service organizations that most would not qualify for.