U.S. Army says does not provide sex-reassignment surgery

Thu Aug 22, 2013 10:05am EDT

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(Reuters) - The U.S. Army does not provide hormone therapy or sex-reassignment surgery, a spokeswoman said on Thursday after U.S. soldier Bradley Manning, convicted of handing over secrets to WikiLeaks, said he was female and wanted to live as a woman named Chelsea.

A court-martial sentenced Manning to 35 years in prison on Wednesday.

"The Army does not provide hormone therapy or sex-reassignment surgery," an Army spokeswoman said in an emailed statement.

Military inmates have access to mental health professionals, including a psychiatrist, psychologist, social workers and behavioral science specialists, she said.

(Reporting by Daniel Trotta; Editing by Scott Malone)

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