ATLANTA – To commemorate the end of the United States military’s nearly ninety year policy of discrimination against gay, lesbian, and bisexual military service members, and to honor senior LGBT veterans for their many contributions to our great nation and our community, American Veterans for Equal Rights will institute free Lifetime Membership to all veterans age 80 and over. AVER wishes to grant this privilege to our LGBT seniors, a group which has often been undervalued by our community despite their struggles and sacrifices to forge the freedom that gay people experience today.
Any certified veteran (DD214 or other proof of service required) who supports the mission and goals of AVER and reaches his or her 80th birthday will be eligible for AVER Lifetime Membership. The AVER National Board celebrates those courageous and dedicated men and women who built against great opposition the foundation of the freedoms that we enjoy today, including, most recently, the right to serve in our nation’s armed forces with integrity, pride, and honor. Eligible veterans may apply to AVER’s national president or be nominated by their chapter president to receive this honor.
Denny Meyer, AVER Public Affairs