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Archive for the Sexual and Gender Minority Veterans (LGBQQTI) Category

Here to Serve All Veterans

To celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Pride this month, I thought it would be good to share my Veteran experience. There are over 1 million LGBT Veterans and approximately 68,000 LGBT service members that are currently serving our nation. Many have made significant sacrifices for my […]

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Sexual Orientation and Military Service Briefing Sheet

This briefing sheet has been prepared by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns Office as a resource for advocacy regarding the current US policy on sexual orientation and military service. For further information, please contact the Office at APA, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002, […]

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Candace E. Hardnett – You Are Strong! Featured Veteran

May 2012. This month’s featured veteran is Candace E. Hardnett. This is her unedited story, in her own words. Pictured below is Pastor Candace with her lovely family; her life partner in the middle and daughter on the right. My name is Candace E. Hardnett. I was born […]

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LGBT Healthcare How DADT Harmed Yours and What You and Your Doctors Need to Know

Ten years ago, Today Show anchor, Katie Couric, had a colonoscopy on live television to promote preventive screenings after her husband died from colon cancer in 1998. It was uncomfortable to watch, but created a national conversation leading to an increase in the number of colonoscopies. Today, […]

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Evelyn Thomas – You Are Strong! Featured Veteran

December 2011. This month’s featured veteran is Evelyn Thomas. This is her unedited story, in her own words.         My Mother’s Letter By Evelyn Thomas Last Saturday, for the first time in years, I went to the beach, pulled off my shoes and socks, […]

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Reaching All Who Served: an Analysis of Department of Veterans Affairs LGBT Health policies

National Coalition for LGBT Health This report provides an overview of and recommendations for improving the statutory, regulatory, and departmental policy that shapes the lives of LGBT people who receive medical services and benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs. The report highlights the strides that the […]

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LGBTs Gaining Representation Within the VA

For the first time, LGBT organizations were invited to participate in the May 6 Orlando Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center’s Diversity Day, an annual event with tents, tables and food that celebrates different cultures within the VA. This representation is part of a larger integration between the […]

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Powell Offers HOPE for Injured Women Military Veterans

Renee Powell was 25 when she went to Vietnam to run golf clinics for U.S. military personnel. Forty years later, the former LPGA Tour player still draws inspiration from the troops she interacted with during her 1971 visit and those she’s met since. by Emily Kay […]

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LGBT Armed Forces Veterans: Getting Help

AVER Veterans Affairs is dedicated to advocating and serving the needs of America’s LGBT armed forces veterans with information, referral, and limited legal consultation regarding VA benefits claims. GETTING HELP: Individual Inquiries: If you have specific questions about veterans benefits eligibility or your rights as an LGBT […]

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LGBT Service Members and Veterans

President Obama’s signing of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) Repeal Act marked a historic step in the direction of progress and equality for members of the United States military.  

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