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There is a strong bond in the military, a bond that most people do not understand. Veterans stick together… Veterans understand each other, but not all straight veterans are willing to extend that understanding and acceptance to LGBT Vets. And the LGBT community has not always been especially welcoming to members of the military or proud Veterans. AVER is the place where the two come together. In AVER we understand each other as Veterans, AND we understand each other as LGBT people, with all the mutual challenges that come with each identity. As we examine our on-going mission to be of service to LGBT Veterans and Service Members, we need to keep our unique position in mind. Each of us found our home. We should strive to “be” home for those “coming” home.
-Danny Ingram
Immediate Past President, AVER