A lawyer for Chelsea Manning said Tuesday that the Army has agreed to provide Manning with medical treatment for her gender dysphoria.

Manning is serving a 35-year prison sentence for violating the Espionage Act. She began a hunger strike on September 9 to protest her treatment at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

Manning's American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) lawyer, Chase Strangio, said in a statement that the Army had agreed to provide Manning with gender transition surgery. Manning's psychologist recommended the surgery in April. The Army has not confirmed the news.

“I am unendingly relieved that the military is finally doing the right thing,” Manning said in an ACLU statement. “I applaud them for that. This is all that I wanted – for them to let me be me.”

“But it is hard not to wonder why it has taken so long. Also, why were such drastic measures needed? The surgery was recommended back in April 2016. The recommendations for my hair length were back in 2014,” Manning added. “In any case, I hope this sets a precedent for the thousands of trans people behind me hoping they will be given the treatment they need.”

The ACLU went on to say that it continues to press for Manning to be allowed to grow her hair long and for the military to drop charges related to a suicide attempt in July.