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

Education

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.

Assistance

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.

28th Jul
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Tides Foundation awards Grant to Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA)

TRANSGENDER AMERICAN VETERANS ASSOCIATION FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Re: Tides Foundation awards Grant to Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA) The Tides Foundation, dedicated to facilitating positive social change since 1976, has this year awarded a Trans Justice Funding Project grant to Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA).  The $1000 grant, to be used for operations and development, […]

15th Jul
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TAVA responds to DoD Transgender Policy Study

TRANSGENDER AMERICAN VETERANS ASSOCIATION FOR IMMEIDATE RELEASE Re: TAVA responds to DoD Transgender Policy Study 
The announcement that the Pentagon may soon lift the ban on transgender service is the culmination of years of campaigning for the right of patriotic Americans to volunteer and serve their country with dignity and respect. It is our sincere […]

13th Jul
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“Shari Zabel MAJ, USAF, Ret. Fighter Pilot” by Denny Meyer

  Shari Zabel MAJ, USAF, Ret. Fighter Pilot by Denny Meyer USAF Major Shari Zabel, Retired, served a full twenty year career as a fighter pilot, then served as a civilian with NORAD, and then began transitioning from male to female in 2013.  That’s the short version of an incredible life as an American patriot; […]

02nd Jun
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 […]

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