Military spent nearly $8M on transgender care

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SAN DIEGO (AP) The Pentagon has spent nearly $8 million to treat more than 1,500 transgender troops since 2016 when the Obama administration changed the policy to allow them to serve openly.

The data from the Defense Department were given to the House Armed Services Committee ahead of a hearing Wednesday in which transgender service members are scheduled to testify before members of Congress for the first time.

The Trump administration is pushing to reinstate the ban on transgender personnel, citing medical costs as a reason.

The ban remains blocked by litigation.

The military's health care budget tops $50 billion.