We have sad news to share today. Staff Sergeant Byun Hui-Su, South Korea’s first transgender Tank Crewmember was found dead in her home today. It is believed that she took her life after the army denied her request to return to service following Gender Confirmation Surgery.
As a soldier who served many overseas assignments, I marveled at the South Korean army’s level of combat training. Byun Hui-Su probably had my six more times than I could have possibly known. I served briefly beside openly gay soldiers but they were quickly pulled from duty. The time awaiting discharge while not being able to stand with your squad is the most painful time any able body soldier could possibly know.
I will not share the videos of Seargent Byun Hui-Su during her fight to rejoin her tank crew. Believe me when I tell you I have served alongside many who were subjected to the same inhuman treatment.
After I left the Army I served in the Army National Guard in an infantry company. In that capacity, I served in military funeral squads sometimes as often as three times a week. The hardest part was looking into the eyes of the next of kin while presenting our flag as the representative for the United States Government.
Each time you see a person who is uniquely connected with a loved one who served their country proudly. I feel the same way about sergeant Byun Hui-Su. She served honorably in a way that could only be known by one who felt they let their country down. She took her life because she had no way to make it right.
To her next of kin and her country, she served so well, my deepest heartfelt condolences. She did her very best. Rest in peace Sergeant Byun Hui-Su.