Watch Part II of Anderson Cooper's interview with Kristin Beck:
After years spent fighting in some of the world's worst wars, former U.S. Navy SEAL Kristin Beck says she knows what she wants.
"I want to have my life," she told CNN's "AC360" in an exclusive Thursday night.
"I fought for 20 years for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I want some happiness."
Beck recently came out as transgender.
She wrote about the experience in a book, "Warrior Princess: A U.S. Navy SEAL's Journey to Coming out Transgender."
Christopher Beck served as a U.S. Navy SEAL in some of the most dangerous battlegrounds in the world, including Iraq and Afghanistan. During his time in the elite unite, he earned the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart and other medals and commendations.
But for 20 years while Beck was fighting for his country, he was also fighting an inner battle over his identity. He wanted to live his life as a woman.
After retiring in 2011, Beck did just that. Chris Beck is now Kristin Beck.
Beck's journey has not been easy. She had no role models to show her the way. She worried she wouldn't be accepted after she began dressing and living like a woman.
Editor’s Note: Tonight on AC360° Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Jason Carroll will have new details on the efforts to get new lungs for 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan.
10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan is battling cystic fibrosis and desperately needs a lung transplant. Without one doctors say she will die, possibly within weeks.
Sarah has been waiting more than 18 months for donor lungs from another child. Her parents say modified lungs from an adult donor would give her a fighting chance. This week they filed a lawsuit to get Sarah on the waiting list for adult lungs. A federal judge ruled in their favor and will allow Sarah to be on the adult waiting list for 10 days. Here’s the AC360 411 on organ transplants and cystic fibrosis: FULL POST
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