Following the announcement Thursday morning that Bradley Manning wishes to live life as a woman and go by the name of Chelsea, the Human Rights Campaign released a statement of support and concern over Manning’s well-being while behind bars.

“As Pvt. Manning serves her sentence, she deserves the same thing that any incarcerated person does – appropriate and competent medical care and protection from discrimination and violence. The care she receives should be something that she and her doctors — including professionals who understand transgender care – agree is best for her,” HRC vice president Jeff Krehely wrote.

“What should not be lost is that there are transgender service members and veterans who serve and have served this nation with honor, distinction and great sacrifice,” Krehely continued. “We must not forget or dishonor those individuals. Pvt. Manning’s experience is not proxy for any other transgender man or woman who wears the uniform of the United States.”

READ: National Center for Transgender Equality on Pvt. Manning