Despite the repeal of "don't ask don't tell", Transgender are still not allowed to openly serve in the military. You cannot join any branch and if discovered to be Transgender while serving, you will be discharged with no support or care provided. This is discrimination! I know because I am Transgender. I have served my country honorably for 15 years. My service is all I know, and I am very proud of it. I am also married and have 2 wonderful children whom I love more than anything in this world! My service is our means of survival. However, I am about to lose everything I have because I am Transgender in the military. I fear for my family and I fear for myself. What is so bad about me that I am being denied the care and treatment that I need? I have hidden the truth about myself for 30 years. I thought I could hide it forever. I recently came out to my wife because the gender dysphoria I have could no longer be ignored. It was the scariest thing I have ever done but I could not have asked for a more understanding and supportive wife. I cried when the first thing she said to me with tears in her eyes was "babe, I love you and there is NOTHING that will ever change that!" We are desperate. Soon we will not be able to pay our bills, much less provide for our children. We are depressed and can see no solution. So, we are asking for help. Help to care for our family. Help for my wife and I to get care and treatment. Help to fight back against this discrimination! I have lived a lie for 30 years and I can't do it anymore. I want to speak out and represent the numerous Transgender that are currently serving or want to start serving. I want to do my part to end this blatant disregard for the health, well being, and safety of this nations military Transgender. My name is Ashley Michelle. I serve under another name. I am sorry that I cannot provide pictures at this time but I am trying to delay my inevitable discharge as long as possible so that I can prepare for this endeavor that I desperately need your help with. I feel that I was meant to lead this fight but I need your support. Wether you give money or words of encouragement and support, I will be truly grateful for either.