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Cleveland VA hospital opens nation’s first clinic for transgender veterans

Cleveland VA Medical Center

Cleveland VA Medical Center

Cleveland VA Medical Center

Cleveland VA Medical Center

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland VA Medical Center has opened the nation’s first VA clinic specifically dedicated to the health care needs of transgender veterans.

Known as the “GIVE Clinic” for Gender Identity Veteran Experience, it will provide transgender veterans with primary care, hormonal therapy, pre and post-operative care, mental health services and social work services, reports WKYC-TV.

All of the providers in the new clinic have a special interest in transgender care and say they will create a welcoming environment for those veterans.

The clinic held a ceremony opening the clinic on Thursday afternoon.

Dr. Megan McNamara, the clinical lead for the transgender clinic who currently treats 22 patients, said she expects that number to climb significantly. An hour after the clinic opened, phone calls and emails began coming in from as far as Hawaii of transgender veterans looking to make an appointment.

The hospital serves more than 112,000 veterans annually with its inpatient and outpatient services.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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