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Local transgender Army captain said he was 'floored' by President Trump's ban

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A tweet from President Donald Trump may end thousands of military careers.

In a series of tweets from his official Twitter account Wednesday morning, President Trump expressed opposition to individuals who identify as transgender from serving in the military.

"After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow...transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. military," the series of tweets stated. "Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming...victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you."

Trump's transgender ban may also continue a war some thought had ended.

Captain Jacob Eleazer joined military in 2006, and though he has never seen combat, but he has gone to battle.

"When I came out to my commander, she was incredibly supportive," he said.

After several years and in the process of being promoted to captain, Eleazer announced he was transitioning from a woman to a man and found a lot of support.

"I had good people that I was working with who knew me as a soldier, had been working with me for a while, so they knew what I could bring to the mission and the value that I had there," he said.

But military policy superseded that support.

"And so even though I had a supportive command and peer climate, it initiated a discharge process for me," Eleazer said.

He took some hits but survived.

"I got my final separation notice the same day that the secretary of the Army stopped all discharges on transfer to personnel," Eleazer said.

Now there's another challenge, this time from the White House and commander in chief.

"To see that it can be so quickly ended is pretty shocking," Eleazer said. "I saw that tweet, and I was just floored."

Eleazer is also a doctoral candidate in counseling psychology and said the findings of a study by the department of defense addressed the last part of the president's tweet.

"As a researcher, it is kind of my job to be tracking on those things," he said. "The costs associated with transition-related care are comparable to other medical services provided."

Despite this latest challenge, Eleazer is proud of what he has accomplished and believes the battle is not over.

"I'm a soldier at the core of it, so no, I'm not going to quit," he said.

Eleazer said he is also still waiting for something official from the White House.

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