WASHINGTON, District of Columbia- After President Donald Trump sent a memorandum to the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security Friday detailing the new transgender military policy, Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) released the following statement:

“Military service is a privilege, not a right,” said Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler. “I’m pleased to see the president putting military readiness first and making sure our defense dollars are spent keeping us safe. With the growing threats from Iran, North Korea, China and others, the U.S. military cannot afford to divert precious defense dollars from our national security. Every dollar must be spent investing in new military technology, getting the right equipment for our troops, and making sure we are protected from threats across the globe.”

Vicky Jo Hartzler[1] (née Zellmer; October 13, 1960) is an American elected official who has served as the U.S. Representative for Missouri’s 4th congressional district since 2011.