INDIANAPOLIS – As President Trump said Tuesday morning he will not allow transgender people to serve in the United States military, several Hoosiers voiced their opinion – including those who have previously served the country.
Kimberly Acoff, who identifies as transgender and was a member of the Indiana National Guard, said she is worried about others who are currently enlisted.
"I'm proud of my service. I wouldn't be here without my service. My service saved me. It saved my life,” said Acoff. “If they're serving, I can believe they're made to feel they're not a part of this wonderful country, this wonderful military might, and the country is turning against them."
Trump said transgendered people serving in the military causes, “tremendous medical costs” and are a “disruption.” Reports said there are about 6,600 U.S. transgendered citizens enlisted.
Jan Nichols, a mother who advocates for parents with transgendered children, said every American should have the right to serve in the military.
"We want our children to have the same opportunities that all other children do,” said Nichols.
The Indiana chapter of the American Family Association said they agree with Trump and released the following statement Wednesday:
"AFA applauds President Trump for his courageous decision to end the usage of our military for social engineering and political correctness. American families deserve a military that is focused solely on readiness and national defense."