WASHINGTON  — Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning, the national-security leaker and
transgender soldier, will lose her entitlement to military health care benefits under the
terms of the sentence that President Obama commuted, according to the Army.

Obama’s commutation Tuesday will allow Manning to leave the Army’s prison at Fort
Leavenworth on May 17, about six years before she would have been eligible for
parole. The Army has been providing her with treatment for gender dysphoria,
including hormone treatments.

She had been a candidate for gender-reassignment surgery, which would have been
paid for under the Pentagon’s new policy for transgender troops.

But the terms of the 35-year sentence the court-martial imposed includes a
“dishonorable discharge,” which the commutation did not affect, Army spokeswoman
Cynthia Smith said Wednesday.

“If Pvt. Manning is discharged with a dishonorable discharge, she will lose her
entitlement to (military) benefits, including gender-transition care at (military) medical
treatment facilities,” Smith said.

Manning can appeal the discharge determination, Smith said. If that appeal is denied,
Manning will then be dishonorably discharged from the Army.

A dishonorable discharge would also bar Manning, formerly known as Bradley, from
receiving benefits from the Veterans Affairs Department. The VA for several years has
been providing treatment to veterans for gender dysphoria for several years.

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