AVER Bataan Chapter
Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Throughout history gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans have served in the Armed Forces of the United States of America. They took an oath to support and defend its Constitution against enemies, foreign or domestic. We believe it is the right of these Americans to express personal aspects of their lives, and in particular, aspects of their sexual orientation or gender identification. Furthermore, they should be allowed to do this in an environment free from harassment or discrimination in order to fulfill their potential to the fullest. Our members have worked as individuals or within cohesive units while serving our country in either war of peace. In doing so, we have accumulated distinguished records of military service that demonstrate our patriotism. We are active duty personnel, reservists, and veterans of the Armed Forces of the United States of America. In pursuit of common goals we proudly join together as the American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER).
AVER wants YOU to get out and vote in November. We can't advocate for a particular politician, but we can exercise our right to vote!
AVER Bataan Chapter will once again participate in the Veterans' Day Parade on November 11th. You are invited to join us as we go from Bullhead Park, in front of the VA hospital, up Girard to Lousianna and into the New Mexico Veterans Memorial Park.

We plan to have a truck behind our color guard, so those who can't walk can ride. We do welcome veterans, active duty and reservists and allies to join in. This is a fun event as we attend most of the ceremony and then have lunch at the Copper Point Grill on Gibson. We will need to make reservations, so we will need RSVP's.

Please contact our chapter via the "Contact" tab above on the menu ribbon.
There have been many who have asked what is the process or how do I go about upgrading my discharge.  This is particularly important in the LGBTQ veterans community.
The number of discharges in the view of homophobia numbers in the 10's of thousands.  With the repeal of DADT and full implementation, the possibility of upgrading your discharge is possible and the DOD has set up a system with which to accomplish this.
Please press the button below for a pdf of instructions.
Upgrade Discharge Instructions