Transgender Vet Finds Help, Without Fear, At VA Hospital

CBS Minnesota
September 7, 2012

There is a program available at the VA hospital in Minneapolis that’s serving an often hidden population — transgender veterans.

Peter Klicker served in the Marines as a woman, Karin Klicker. Years later, the veteran says he’s finally found the help he’s hoped for.

Klicker grew up in a house full of older brothers in the ’60s and ’70s. And, one summer, the then 7-year-old Karin convinced a group of guys she was a boy, so she’d be able to play baseball.

“When you’re seven, you don’t really think about that foresight,” Klicker said. “My mother made me wear a dress on the first day of school.”

Since then Klicker has traveled a long road. A member of a military family, he joined the Marines at the age of 18.

“I never really thought to myself: ‘You know what? I think I’m a boy,’” Klicker said. “But I really felt more like: ‘I don’t feel comfortable as a girl.’”

Klicker is one of 30 transgender veterans getting services at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. A directive last summer said all transgender veterans are entitled to the same level of care as any other veteran.