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As a Navy Seal, he served his country with honor and bravery. But now, he is showing courage by living as the woman he felt he has always been.

Former Navy Seal Team 6 member Christopher Todd Beck is now Kristen Beck.

It's been a long journey for her and she's written about her experience in the hope that it will help others. She is speaking out now about the conflict of hiding her true self in a memoir called Warrior Princess.

"It is a constant, but as you suppress it and bottle it up, it's not like on the surface so maybe I can put it back a few different layers. So it's not like, you would never notice it because I can push it so deep. But then it does kind of like, it gnaws at you. It's always there," says Beck.

In her memoir Beck describes how as a child she prayed that she would one day wake up in her sister's body. She would also shop at Victoria's Secret only to later throw the items away. 

She says she joined the Navy Seals to suppress her feelings.

Kristen has already had collagen treatment and laser hair removal. She now goes to a hospital for hormone therapy. 

Her book comes almost three years after the Department of Defense repealed its "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy that allowed gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military. 

She says that some of her former Seals have been supportive. Others, not so much.

Transgendered men and women are still banned from service. As a woman Kristin would not be allowed to serve today.

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