Transgender American Veterans Association

TAVA Partners with AVER and Library of Congress on Veteran’s History Project
Contact: Janice Josephine Carney at:
Lara Ballard at:
Monica F. Helms at:
February 4, 2003

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

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 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 or Lara Ballard at
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