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.

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
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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, […]

15th Jan
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Transgender Veterans Elect New Leaders

TAVA, America’s national association of transgender armed forces veterans, elected new leadership for 2015 and set initiatives for coming the year. President: Evan Young, Major, US Army, Retired, with an extensive background in public affairs and advocacy, is currently the President of the Arkansas Transgender Equality Coalition (ArTEC), and serves on committees of the active […]

07th Nov

A Veterans Day Message from TAVA President Dayna Walker and the Board of Directors

Dear Transgender American Veteran Members, Families, Friends and Allies: This past year has seen some major advances in the acceptance and understanding of the Transgender journey. At the core of this has been a movement by organizations such as TAVA which work daily to advance the front on behalf of Transgender Veterans and their families. […]

24th Oct

Transgender American Veterans Association Completes Transition with Installation of New Officers

Washington, D.C., October 24, 2014- Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA) has completed a year -long transformation process with the installation of new officers at its Board of Directors meeting last week. TAVA has worked diligently over the last year to put a new face on the organization which has included updates to its Website and […]

10th Oct
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Arbitrary and Capricious: Six Inconsistencies Distinguishing Military Medical Policies for Transgender and Non-Transgender Personnel

By Diane H. Mazur Download the full 52 page report HERE. The March 2014 Report of the Transgender Military Service Commission concluded “there is no compelling medical rationale for banning transgender military service.” The Commission, chaired by former U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders, M.D., and retired Rear Admiral Alan M. Steinman, M.D., found that the […]

09th Oct

TAVA Celebrates National Coming Out Day

On October 11th, we observe the 26th annual National Coming Out Day, commemorated each year on the anniversary of the 1987 March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. National Coming Out Day gives us an opportunity to reflect on the importance of being able to live openly and honestly, both in our personal lives […]