"That's great", said Derascavage, a veteran who served in Vietnam.
Last week, when asked about the transgender issue at a Senate hearing, Gen. Paul Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said, "I am an advocate of every qualified person who can meet the physical standards to serve in our uniformed services to be able to do so". Despite Trump's claim that transgender people are a "burden" to the military, the Rand study found that allowing transgender people to serve openly "would have a minimal impact on readiness and health care costs".
Adam Smith, top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, challenged the saying that the US military needed to pay hundreds of millions of dollars for transgender surgeries and hormone therapies in 10 years, and said the figures "have no basis in fact" as was reported by the USA newspaper the New York Times.
No time table has been set for implementing the policy.
Huckabee addressed the ban during a briefing, she said the status of current transgenders serving is unknown. Trump's tweets, though often interpreted as signals of a broader policy for a content-hungry news media, are not official executive actions in themselves.
Trump in his Wednesday morning tweets appeared to reverse the entire policy, though it is unclear how his announcement will affect transgender individuals already serving in the Armed Forces.
Eamon Phoenix said: "Support means actually standing up for them when bullies (like your father) try to beat them down. I look forward to getting much more information and clarity from our military leaders about the policy the President tweeted today".
"We are indebted to all who serve".
"Haven't transgender people gone through enough?"
Several other politicians and LGBT groups were quick to criticize Trump's statement. "It's like saying to a woman who's in the military 'sorry, but you no longer can be in the military because there's a possibility that you might get pregnant'".
Bender argues that those against having transgender individuals in the military do not understand the changing times.
Michigan's fifth district representative and vice chair of the congressional LGBT caucus Dan Kildee said, "Anyone who is willing to put on the uniform of the United States and risk their life in service to our country should be celebrated as patriots, regardless of their gender identity".