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).
Veterans Day Report
Protecting Our Rights
2016 VETERANS' DAY PARTICIPATION
AVER Bataan Chapter had a great turn out in supporting this years parade and ceremony. In fact we had enough members and allies to have our full color guard with five individuals walking behind followed by seven in a truck provided by one of our members.
After the parade, we stayed for most of the ceremonies leaving a bit early so we could all go to the Copper Canyon Cafe for lunch.
Thank you all who participated for this year.
Of special note, one of our members (below on right) was gifted with this beautiful quilt when she came out of the visitors center at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial Park. A family that creates these special creations gifts them out to women veterans and she was blessed to be the one that was.
~ PROTECTING OUR RIGHTS ~
AVER National and the Bataan Chapter in New Mexico has advocated and worked hard along with many other LGBTQ organizations to help establish our equality along with all citizens that live in the US. It had been a long road and had accelerated during the past five years. AVER will stand behind those rights and will continue to advocate to ensure that we continue to enjoy these equal rights.
It has now become apparent that just when many in our community thought that we no longer needed to be pro-active in our equality (we have seen the fall of DADT, marriage equality, Transgender inclusion in our armed forces and a much wider acceptance that we as a LGBTQ community are part of the fabric of this great county we call the United States of America.
We will keep vigilant on any changes on the legal and political fronts and report to you when the need arises to contact your congressional delegation on a national, state, and local level. As a 501(c) 3 non profit, we can advocate for issues, but can not and will not advocate or support any particular politition.
For those of you who have dropped involvement in organizations like the American Veterans for Equal Rights, you may want to rethink your position. We ask that you become a member once again and also to become active within the organization of AVER. There are many groups and organizations that you can commit your time and talent to, but for those of us in the LGBTQ Veterans community, this organization which is the first and still the largest Veterans Service Organization that caters to our community.