AVER Bataan Chapter
Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico
Bataan Chapter
AVER National
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In this section:
Upgrading Your Discharge
Bataan Chapter Members In The News
Bataan Chapter Support Equality
Upgrading Your Discharge
If you received anything but an "Honorable" Discharge, this may affect your VA Benefits. Here's how you can apply for consideration in having your discharge upgraded:

Bottom Line Upfront

1. Obtain a copy of DD Form 293, "Application for the Review of Discharge or Dismissal from the Armed Forces of the United States."
2. Complete personal information in Section 1.
3. If you are making the application on behalf of another individual, complete Section 2.
4. Indicate the action you wish the board to accomplish in Section 3.
5. In section 4, indicate whether you wish to appear before the board in Washington D.C., wait for a traveling board, or have a records only review.
6. If another person is representing you, complete section 5.
7. Complete Section 6 if you elect not to be represented by counsel.
8. List supporting documentation in Section 7.
9. In Section 8, tell the board exactly why they should consider upgrading your discharge.
10. Sign and Date the Form in Section 9.
11. Mail the completed form to the address listed on the reverse side of the DD Form 293.
For pdf of complete instructions
Bataan Chapter Members In The News
Steve Loomis, AVER National President and chapter member will be receiving the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award from Albuquerque Pride, Inc. at The Q's OUTstanding Awards. Congratulations Steve as you have put in much of the hard work.

Jose Rodriguez, another Bataan Chapter member has been nominated as the best photographer in that category for his work with both Albuquerque Pride, Inc. and on the documentary, "The Long Determination". We will find out at the awards.

The chapter will have at least one table and it should be a festive time for all.

Penn Baker, Paula Kaski and Stephani Patten were interviewed by KOAT Channel 7 (ABC affiliate) regarding the January 1, 2018 ruling that allows Transgender individuals to enlist in our armed forces. To view the interviews, click on the link below. The first aired on December 29, 2017 while the second aired on January 1, 2018.
December 29, 2017 Interview
January 1, 2018 Interview
Bataan Chapter Members Supporting Equality at the NM Capital
Several chapter members joined Equality New Mexico along with many other organizations in a walk to and presence at the New Mexico State Captial in Santa Fe, NM. Our color guard led the walk and continued with it's presence at the capital building. Thank you Penn Baker for organizing and coordinating this with the chapter.