Manning Says Military Won't Treat Her

    U.S. Army Private First Class Bradley Manning, the U.S. soldier convicted of giving classified state documents to WikiLeaks, is pictured dressed as a woman in this 2010 photograph obtained on August 14, 2013. Lawyers for Manning sought to show during a sentencing hearing on Tuesday that the Army ignored his mental health problems and bizarre behavior. Manning's violent outbursts and his emailing a supervisor this photo of himself in a dress and blond wig with the caption "This is my problem" were signs the gay soldier should not have a job as an intelligence analyst, defense attorney David Coombs told the court-martial. REUTERS/U.S. Army/Handout (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY CRIME LAW TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)  ATTENTION EDITORS ñ THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - RTX12LI7

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    Chelsea Manning, who is serving a 35-year sentence, claims that the military is paying mere "lip service" to her request and is still denying her gender-reassignment treatment. "In my daily life, I am reminded of this when I look at the name on my badge, the first initial sewed into my clothing, the hair and grooming standards that I adhere to, and the titles and courtesies used by the staff," Manning said in a statement to NBC News. "Ultimately, I just want to be able to live my life as the person that I am, and to be able to feel comfortable in my own skin." In July, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced that he had approved an Army recommendation to begin early stages of gender reassignment, however Manning's lawyer says the military has failed to follow through and that they are preparing to sue. The Army refused to comment on when treatment would begin.

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