TAVA Officers legal win for DD-214s Health care equality Fighting for our rights!

TAVA Officers legal win for DD-214s

The LGBT Bar secures important legal win for transgender veterans

Health care equality

We strive for improvement of Transgender well-being through the VA system and Tricare.

Fighting for our rights!

We work to secure benefits for Transgender Service Members.

Who we are

The Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA) was formed to address the growing concerns of fair and equal treatment of Transgender Military Veterans and Active Duty service members.

What we do

Advocate for open Trans Military service, Secure benefits for Trans Service Members, Spouses and Family, Continued improvement of Trans well-being through the VA system and Tricare, Advocate for Trans Vet employment


TAVA serves as an educational organization that has helped the Veterans Administration and the Department of Defense to better understand the service members in their charge that identify as gender-variant.


As Military Veterans that have served proudly, we continue to serve so that others may serve openly and proudly, regardless of gender. TAVA stands by to assist whenever and wherever we can.

02nd Jun
Sheri Swokowski

Transgender American Veterans Association brings a seasoned leader on board

TRANSGENDER AMERICAN VETERANS ASSOCIATION FOR IMMEIDATE RELEASE Re: Transgender American Veterans Assn. brings a seasoned leader on board In mid May 2015, Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA) brought the highest ranking, out, transgender veteran on to our board of directors. Her experience and leadership will take TAVA to higher levels of engagement benefiting America’s transgender […]

22nd May

Trinity Abigail Downing – Rodeo Rider Soldier Expert Marksman Trans Woman By Denny Meyer

Trinity Abigail Downing Rodeo Rider Soldier Expert Marksman Trans Woman By Denny Meyers Trinity Downing always wanted to serve in the United States Army; as a boy, her dream was to become a Green Beret.  Like most transgender people, she always knew she was different; yet that never conflicted with her desire to serve her […]

02nd May

TAVA President Emeritus Dayna Walker’s Letter to the National LGBT Bar Association

This letter is long overdue, but I wanted to thank the National LGBT Bar Association, specifically, D’Arcy Kemnitz, Steve Ralls and Stephan Lessard, for their amazing work on my behalf. Over a year ago, several military Veterans were contacted in regards to approaching the various services for corrections to our military DD FM (Department of […]

29th Apr

Transgender Air Force Veteran Tells Her Story by Denny Meyer

Joanne Carroll MSGT, USAF, Ret. by Denny Meyer Joanne Carroll is a seventy four year old retired US Air Force Master Sergeant Trans Woman.  She calls herself lucky because she’s in good health, has Tricare, Medicare, retirement benefits, and has reared seven children.  As you might imagine, her successful life is a story of determined perseverance. […]

28th Apr

Veterans Crisis Line Helping ALL who served by Denny Meyer

Earlier this year I received a routine promotional e mail from the Veterans Crisis Line (VCL), reminding me as a veterans’ advocate that VCL is the VA’s front line of defense against veterans’ suicide, PTSD based personal crises, and other emergencies that constantly confront our nations’ 30 million+ veterans. Knowing that well over one million […]

30th Mar

TAVA National President Named to the Trans 100 List

For Immediate Release: Chicago, IL. – March 29, 2015. From a frenzied crowd, broadcast live on the Internet, the Trans 100 list was read with much anticipation. TAVA National President Evan Young was honored on the Trans 100 list of 2015. “I am deeply humbled that the organizations that I represent, TAVA, ArTEC, and SPART*A […]

24th Mar

Conquering the World by Evan Young

Underneath my cover, I walk a straight line, returning salutes as I pass. A sergeant salutes and says, “Good morning, Sir.” A warm glow flushes my cheeks, and I reply, “Good morning!” Closer to work a familiar face draws near and salutes; “Good morning, Ma’am.” A heavy feeling of discontent weighs on me, and I […]

12th Mar
Sheri Cover Aqua

The Fighter by Sheri Swokowski

From “The Fighter,” by Sheri A. Swokowski, March/April 2015, Our Lives Magazine, 8(5), p. 14-23. Copyright 2015 by Life in the Middle Publishing, LLC. Reprinted with permission. The Fighter Sitting in the third row of the Pentagon auditorium last summer felt different. I had been there a dozen times before while a Senior Analyst for […]

06th Mar

TAVA Elects New Board Members

In mid February 2015, the Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA) brought two highly experienced, patriotic veterans to our board; enhancing our outreach and mission of serving America’s transgender veterans and advocating for our benefits and for the honor, duty, and right to serve. Major Kimberly Moore is a 20-year Marine Veteran and is an active […]

07th Feb

Changing your name on your DD-214

Recent litigation has made it possible for veterans to change their name on the DD-214 form. Although current regulations restrict the ability of transgender individuals to serve openly, the National Transgender Discrimination Survey (NTDS) showed that 20% of transgender adults are veterans who have served in the military at some point. As transgender vets know, […]