The U.S. Army has chosen to highlight Maj. Rachel Jones’ personal journey, a transgender “woman” who is the head of the U.S. Army Sustainment Command’s Cyber Division.’
In a recent Army publication, they claimed that it was Jones’ transition from male to female that brought hi, back from the brink of severe depression and suicidal tendencies.
They failed, however, to mention that transgenderism has one of the highest rates of suicide after transitioning. Not to mention the inadequate access to medical care and mental health services once the person has transitioned.
Trans Army Major discusses LGBTQ pride and diversity in the military.
This was posted to the IG account of the U.S. Army Sustainment Command.
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From the U.S. Army:
Coming out as a transgender female saved Maj. Rachel Jones’ life.
The U.S. Army Sustainment Command Cyber Division chief, G6 (Information Management), struggled with depression and suicidal ideation for most of her life. Today, she is living her truth and is no longer battling depression or suicidal thoughts.
The road to self-acceptance was not easy for Jones. Before coming out privately to her therapist, Jones lived every day deeply depressed and suicidal.
“When I was growing up in the 80s and 90s there was a lot of anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric. I don’t think many people meant to do that, but it’s something I heard as I was growing up repeatedly. So much so that I was convinced I was inherently evil for being transgender,” said Jones. “The pressure of hiding all of the time was so bad I grew up depressed and suicidal to the point that I always had a plan to end my life.”
Jones, however, feels lucky to be alive today. “Even when deployed, the greatest threat to my own safety was myself,” she said.
The risk of depression, post-traumatic stress and suicidal ideation is twice as high for LGBTQ+ veterans and Soldiers who have concealed their true selves than non-LGBTQ+ veterans and Soldiers, explained master resilience trainer, Stephanie Allers, who serves as a program specialist and suicide prevention liaison in the ASC G1 (Human Resources) Readiness and Resilience Division.
.@USArmy Maj. Rachel Jones found solace after coming out as a transgender female. Her journey from battling depression & suicidal thoughts to embracing authenticity inspires us all. #WhyWeServe https://t.co/9llx7skuC3
— Department of Defense 🇺🇸 (@DeptofDefense) July 2, 2023
Do we really want to prioritize projecting a particular message to the world with our military forces?
This institution is ultimately responsible for defending the nation and guaranteeing national security, not providing psychological counseling or promoting political agendas.
What are we doing?