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Bataan Chapter Officer Elections are coming up on 10 May. Please join us at the general membership meeting. We will also be coordinating for both the ABQ Pride parade/festival and the Los Ranchos Pride. See calendar for more info.
American Veterans for Equal Rights has joined 53 other Veterans Service Organizations and Mental Health Organizations, including AMVETS, Disabled American Veterans, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association, Easter Seals, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Military Officers Association of America, and Vietnam Veterans of America, in sponsoring the Independent Budget (IB) for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Coauthored by AMVETS, DAV, Paralyzed Veterans of America, and the VFW, the Independent Budget for the Department of Veterans of Affairs serves a resource to Congress and members of the veterans' community to "identify and address critical issues involving veterans' health care and general well-being." AVER was invited by the coauthors of the IB to join other VSOs in endorsing the 2015 proposal. AVER is the only LGBT VSO to lend its endorsement to this important document. According to the coauthors, AVER's "endorsement of the IB helps to ensure that veterans across America receive the benefits and health services from the Department of Veterans Affairs that they need and have earned."
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Composite photo of the Inclusive GLBT Veterans Memorial.
We are now at the stage of giving final approval for the layout of the memorial inscription. Once approved, the stone will be in production with the final inscription. Remember the saying, "Once in stone, it can't be changed". That is why we have worked on this for the length of time we have. The memorial will be installed in early May while the dedication is on Memorial Day evening of this year.

This is truely testament of who we are as members of the elite, past and present,the City of Albuquerque and the LGBT community. This is an event you don't want to miss. It is the first in New Mexico and only the third of this type of memorial in the country. Look for press releases in May.
As we approach the many Pride events this year, Steve Loomis and Stephani Patten have already been to the Phoenix Pride to help with the new Phoenix AVER chapter.

The ABQ Pride and Los Ranchos Pride are coming up the last week of May and the 1st of June. It promises to be a busy, fun, and supportive week for all of us. So join our chapter in the parade and at our booth.
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AVER Bataan Chapter has sponsored a new chapter in Phoenix, AZ. The Phoenix AVER chapter elected officers and received their charter from Steve Loomis and Stephani Patten on behalf of AVER National.
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