The Air Force offers medical and legal help to members with trans youth situations affected by Alabama's trans youth laws

The Air Force offers medical and legal help to members with trans youth situations affected by Alaba ...

The Air Force said it is monitoring state laws that affect LGBTQ members and their families, pledging to assist with medical, legal, and other treatment, particularly for those affected by the disaster.

"Our health, care, and resilience of our DAF personnel and their families is not only our top goal, but also our ability to fulfill our mission," said Under Secretary of the Air Force Gina Ortiz Jones in a statement last month. "We are closely monitoring state regulations to ensure we prepare for and mitigate effects to our Airmen, Guardians, and their families. Medical, legal resources, and various assistance are available for those who require them.

The Alabama Legislature has passed two laws signed by Gov. Kay Ivey affecting trans youth a measure that criminalizes gender affirming care for minors, prohibits school personnel to notify parents if a student is questioning their gender identity, prohibits classroom instruction or discussion on gender identity or sexual orientation from grades K-5, and requires students in K-12 public schools to use the restroom or locker room that is aligned with the gender that is assigned on their birth certificate.

If service members or their families need help with screening, treatment, or mental health care for medical concerns, the Air Force said those members should start with Air Force medical treatment facilities, which can "also assist with living difficult situations."

The Air Force has pointed to its Exceptional Family Member Program, which assists active airmen and guardians in providing assistance to families with special needs during the station transition process, as well as "navigating medical, legal, and educational assistance for dependents during relocation."

"As with all of our family members, commanders may arrange for their loved ones to get back to work where they need it," Jones said.

Legal offices at Air Force sites are another avenue for employees who need help in complying with new and existing local laws. The legal offices are not able to represent airmen or their families in court, but they are able to "display vital counsel and advice," the Air Force said.

Local Airman and Family Readiness Centers, the Military and Family Life Counseling Program, or Military OneSource can be reached by dialing 1-800-342-9647.

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