Transgender American Veterans
Association (TAVA) Forming State and Local Chapters
For Immediate Release: March 10, 2006
From: The Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA)
Tennessee Chapter Contact: BEAR and Andrew Rodgers
Chapters Director Contact: Ann Knittel,
Media Contact: Beth Maples-Bays
Media contact email:
Contact Phone: 1-865-689-4260
TAVA, a tax exempt, not-for-profit organization that supports equitable
healthcare treatment of transgender veterans, is ready to expand its
outreach by forming TAVA chapters in states or localities with affected
veterans, friends, family, and other allies.
Chapters will be formed under the auspices and tax exemption of TAVA
according to Ann Marie Knittel, TAVA National Chapters Director. Ann
Knittel also stated, "Anyone interested in being a part of a Chapter in
Tennessee, is welcome. They don't have to be transgender, gay, lesbian,
or bisexual. All one needs is a heart to want to help assist veterans
and individuals in obtaining their benefits."
Having a chapter that focuses specifically on veterans’ issues is
important not only for those in Tennessee, but also for every state. We
will not only be dealing with medical benefit problems for transgendered
veterans, but also those in the other sectors of the LGBTQ community as
well. Each chapter will also be trained in order to be readily available
to help the LGBTQ Community during state and regional natural disasters
according to Knittel. These are situations that need TAVA Chapter
representatives on the scene.
The organizational meeting for TAVA Chapter of Tennessee, will be held
at 6:00pm, on Saturday, 25th day of March, 2006, at Alternative
Counseling Center (Saroj Chand’s building) 3105 Essary Road, Knoxville
(Fountain City area), Tennessee.
The purpose of the initial meeting is to gauge interest and explain
chapter information along with the incorporation process. A search for
candidates for chapter officers will be on the agenda.
For further information, including how to join TAVA and the state
chapter if unable to attend the organizational meeting, contact TAVA
National Chapters Director Ann Marie Knittel, toll-free, at
1-877-427-3230 or e-mail local Director:
firstname.lastname@example.org This email address is being
TAVA serves as an educational organization that assists Congress, the
Department of Veteran Affairs, and the Department of Defense to better
understand and respect transgender, intersexed and LGBTQ service members
and veterans. TAVA also provides information and support
for current and former military members, including guidance on how to
best work with these organizations.
To learn more about TAVA and what you can do to support transgender,
intersexed and GLBT service members and veterans, visit
Founded in 2003, the Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA) is
a 501(c)(3) organization that acts proactively with other concerned LGBT
organizations to ensure that transsexual, transgender, and LGBTQ
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 fair and equal treatment of
transgender and transsexual individuals.