(Photo: Congresswoman Deb Haaland. Courtesy of HRC)
New Mexico Congresswoman Deb Haaland became visibly emotional defending transgender military troops and thanking them for their service during a House Armed Services subcommittee hearing on transgender military service Wednesday, reports IJR.
“I just first wanted to say to all of you that I am so grateful of your service to our country,” Haaland began, her voice cracking.
The freshman Democrat told the subcommittee that she came from a military family where both of her parents served.
“So, I understand that it’s, like as a country, all of us should value our veterans,” she continued, choking up, “and I just want you to know that regardless of what the president says, there are millions of Americans who appreciate the service that you have given to our country.”
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