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LGBT Veterans Stand with Orlando

AMERICAN VETERANS FOR EQUAL RIGHTS

June 15, 2016

An Open Letter LGBT Veterans Stand with Orlando
America was assaulted early Sunday morning as at least 49 members of our LGBT and allies community in Orlando, Florida were killed and 53 more injured in an eruption of violence against the gay community. “We all hurt because part of our community is in pain. The members of American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER) served our country to help protect it from senseless terrorism such as this. As veterans and active duty service members we go in harm’s way serving to protect our country, then come home only to be assaulted and cut down in our most important and representative time of the year, Pride Month,” stated Army Vietnam veteran Lieutenant Colonel Steve Loomis, National President of AVER. AVER is America’s first and oldest Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender veterans and active duty service organization.

“In a society where diversity is our destiny and our greatest strength, the hateful and divisive attitudes that have become the hallmark of political and religious rhetoric in recent years must stop. There is no justification for mass murder or those who promote it,” stated AVER President Emeritus Danny Ingram, an Army veteran.

It is an attack on every American and the multi-colored fabric that is the core of who we are as a people. All lives matter, and hateful rhetoric, regardless of how it is justified or camouflaged, ultimately leads to the type of mass murder that we have witnessed in Orlando. We have all lost because of this horrible crime and AVER calls upon every American to question the prejudiced and hurtful attitudes that demonize entire groups of people and ultimately create a destructive rationale that leads to the murder of our fellow citizens.

America succeeds by valuing and respecting the inherent dignity of every human being, not by tearing down or eliminating groups who are different. We are angry veterans as we lost one of our own citizen soldiers in Orlando and angry citizens because the hurt spreads across our country. We join as one in mourning this act of evil against our community and nation. We strengthen our common resolve to build bridges of tolerance and understanding across our country united from sea to sea as our forefathers wished.

As these cowering shadow people encourage hatred and condone violence against American citizens for whatever reason, they violate our rights, our persons and our space. The hatemongering and divisive political and religious rhetoric must stop. Political and religious leaders who encourage intolerance or acts of violence must be held accountable.

It is America’s destiny to be the most diverse society in the history of the world, extending equal rights, equal respect, and equal responsibility to every citizen. To do otherwise is in no way democracy.

Steve Loomis
LTC, EN, U.S. Army (Retired)
National President
American Veterans for Equal Rights

Danny Ingram
SGT, US Army Veteran
National President Emeritus
American Veterans for Equal Rights

Veterans Day Events

IMPORTANT!

Chapter Presidents and Coordinators,

AVER is running a national advertising campaign in USA Today, next weekend.  USA Today sends a special Veterans Day insert in its paper to military bases, hotels, restaurants and newsstands across the country.  The advertisement was sent to you previously and is attached today.

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Plan to Attend AVER’s 2016 National Convention

Plan Now to Attend AVER’s 2016 National Convention in Albuquerque

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The Bataan Chapter of American Veterans for Equal Rights is honored to announce AVER’s 2016 convention will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 21-24, 2016.

We are very excited to confirm the keynote speaker for the event will be US Air Force Major General Patricia A. Rose, Mobilization Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. General Rose is the highest ranking out officer in the United States Military, and she will be accompanied by her wife, Lieutenant Julie Roth, US Navy (retired) one of the first women to perform scientific duty in Antarctica and also among the first women in the Navy to achieve aircrew status. We are very proud to have this remarkable couple help lead our 2016 national convention.

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Registration for the convention and hotel along with information regarding the convention will open on 15 Nov 2015. Please make plans now to attend what is sure to be one our most exciting and productive conventions in AVER’s 25+ years of service as America’s LGBT Veterans Service Organization.

AVER statement on the Indiana Religious Freedom Law

AMERICAN VETERANS FOR EQUAL RIGHTS
For Immediate Release
March 27, 2015

Re: AVER statement on the Indiana Religious Freedom Law

Contact:
Denny Meyer, AVER Public Affairs, 718 849-5665
Steve Loomis, AVER President, president@aver.us

Atlanta, GA (MAR 27, 2015) –
American Veterans for Equal Rights, the nation’s LGBT Veterans Service Organization, joins other civil rights organizations in condemning the so-called “religious freedom” law enacted in Indiana. In signing a law that promotes discrimination against LGBT Americans as a “freedom,” Indiana governor Mike Pence has dishonored the sacrifices of our nation’s gay service men and women based in Indiana who place themselves in harm’s way to defend our freedom overseas and deserve better than a second class citizenship and a sign that says “your kind not welcome here.” Hatred, no matter how sanctimoniously justified, is never a virtue, and a law that promotes discrimination is distinctly unworthy of a free nation where so many patriots have given their lives in defense of “liberty and justice for all.”

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Open House Honors LGBT Military Service

LGBT Veterans & Active Duty in San Diego,

You are invited to meet with fellow LGBT Active Duty, Reserves, Guard and Veterans as guests of American Veterans for Equal Rights for a luncheon at the Bamboo Lounge (& T-deli) honoring your service. A new San Diego Chapter of AVER will be formed and you are encouraged to be a part of this effort to make our veteran services, companionship and advocacy available to those in the San Diego area.

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Transgender Veteran Survey being conducted by US Dept of Veterans Affairs

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The Veterans Administration, via the Puget Sound VA, is conducting one of the first VA research projects regarding Transgender Veterans, in order to be able to provide better, relevant, and more competent service.  The questionnaire is lengthy and could cause some stress for individual veterans; but we believe that the potential for directly informing the VA and for improved VA treatment makes participation worthwhile.  See below.

Seeking transgender individuals who served in the military!

Are you MTF, FTM, or any other gender that is different from your birth sex? Did you previously serve in the military? If so, we invite you to participate in a study focusing on your life experiences as a transgender Veteran and the challenges you may have faced. 

The goal of the Transgender Veteran Survey is to better understand the specific experiences of transgender Veterans and promote their health and well-being. We are especially interested in hearing the diverse voices within our communities.

This is an anonymous, web-based survey that may take approximately 1 hour to complete, and is conducted by researchers at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System. For more information, please go to www.surveymonkey.com/s/transvet, or contact the Transgender Veteran Survey staff at (206) 277-1511