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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.

15th Jan
Board of Directors

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

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
Palm Center

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 […]

26th Sep

TAVA represents at Little Rock Air Force Base

10/2/2014 – LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. — The Transgender American Veterans Association’s Secretary and retired Army Major, Evan Young, spoke on transgender military inclusion during the Second Annual Diversity Day, September 26, 2014, at Little Rock Air Force Base. The diversity day included other guest speakers such as Dr. Terrance Roberts, one of […]

02nd Jun
Sage Fox


Dayna Walker, Vice President of Transgender American Veterans Association, announced today the addition of TAVA Board Members Sage Fox and Mary Almy.

11th May

TAVA Responds to Secretary of Defense Hagel

11 May 2014- ( On Sunday morning May 11th, Secretary of Defense Hagel responded to questions regarding Transgender service in our armed forces, on This Week With George Stephenopolis. Dayna Walker, Acting President of Transgender American Veterans Association, responded today to Secretary of Defense Hagel’s interview with Martha Raddatz by pointing out that Transgender individuals […]

29th Jan


Transgender American Veterans Association PRESS RELEASE TAVA ANNOUNCES WALKER AS NEW VICE PRESIDENT For Immediate Release 29 January 2014- ( Angela Brightfeather, President of Transgender American Veterans Association, announced today the elevation of TAVA Board Member Dayna Walker as the organizations new Vice President. Walker assumes the position after Brightfeather took the helm as the […]

10th Jan
Board of Directors

Laura Catherine Perry becomes newest addition to the TAVA Board of Directors

Angela Brightfeather, President of TAVA, announced the addition of Laura Catherine Perry to the Board of Directors. Laura is a retired Air Force Major. Laura grew up in a small New England town and was raised in a traditional catholic family. Laura is currently living on Florida’s Space Coast, in Melbourne, the Harbor City. Laura […]