AVER Bataan Chapter
Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico
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!
FOR A GOOD CAUSE AND TO HAVE FUN, FUN, FUN!
Hello AVER friends and Allies,
American Veterans for Equal Rights, Bataan Chapter, invites you to a USO-style benefit show Sunday, September 11, at 8 p.m., at Sidewinders, 8900 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87123.
The performers have offered this show to honor and support LGBT veterans and the local Bataan Chapter of AVER. We hope you will come and enjoy this special event and invite all your friends. Organizations, we hope you will help us by spreading the word by email, Facebook, Tweet, phone, word of mouth, posting the flyer to the right, and any other method you have to reach out to people.
Dorothy Seaton, MAJ, US Army (Retired)
REPEALED DADT POLICY ANNIVERSARY
September 20, 2016 will be the 5th anniversary of when the policy of DADT was officially removed.
On December 22, 2010,
the President signed legislation that led to the repeal of DADT. The legislation provides that repeal would take effect 60 days after
the President, Secretary, and Chairman certify to Congress that the Armed Forces are prepared to implement repeal in a manner that
is consistent with the standards of military readiness, military effectiveness, unit cohesion, and recruiting and retention of the
Armed Forces. This certification occurred July 22, 2011, and the repeal of DADT occurred on September 20, 2011. Repeal led to
some changes in policies, but many of our policies required no change as they are sexual orientation neutral. It remains the policy
of DoD not to ask Service members or applicants about their sexual orientation, to treat all members with dignity and respect, and
to maintain good order and discipline.