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Press Release - 04 Feb 2003


TAVA Partners with AVER and Library of Congress on Veteran’s History Project

  Contact: Janice Josephine Carney at: jjcarney@dav.net

              Lara Ballard at: ballardla@earthlink.net

              Monica F. Helms at: monicahelms@prodigy.net


  USA – The new national organization, Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA,) has become a partner in the Library of Congress’ Veteran's History Project.  Located at web site http://www.loc.gov/folklife/vets/about.html the project creators state, “There are 19 million war veterans living in the United States today, but every day we lose 1,500 of them.  Motivated by a desire to honor our nation's war veterans for their service and to collect their stories and experiences while they are still among us, the United States Congress created the Veterans History Project.”


  TAVA joins the American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER) and GayVeterans.com to do our part in promoting this project and to participate in it.


Janice Josephine Carney, TAVA’s Project Coordinator for this project stated, “The goal of this project is to get as many, as possible, living war veterans to tell their stories.  TAVA, as a partner in this project has a goal of getting as many transgender war veterans as possible to tell their stories.”


Lara Ballard, AVER National Veterans History Project Coordinator, said, “The Veterans' History Project provides a unique opportunity to educate the American public about the extraordinary contributions LGBT veterans have made to our nation's defense.  AVER looks forward to working with TAVA in galvanizing the LGBT community around this project and collecting the many remarkable stories our veterans have to tell.”


TAVA urges everyone to visit the project’s website and carefully follow their instruction on how to record the history of the LGBT veterans you know.  For answers to your questions, please contact Janice Josephine Carney at jjcarney@dav.net or Lara Ballard at ballardla@earthlink.net


*********  Mission Statement  ***********

The Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA) acts proactively with other concerned GLBT organizations to ensure that transsexual and transgendered veterans will receive appropriate care for medical conditions in accordance with the Veterans Health Administration Customer Service Standards promise to "treat you with courtesy and dignity … as the first class citizen that you are."

Further, TAVA will help in educating the VA and the US military on issues regarding a fair and equal treatment of transgendered and transsexual individuals. TAVA will also advocate a change in public law and policy that will help initiate this fair and equal treatment.




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