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posted Friday, February 4, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 05
AVER to offer lifetime membership to all vets 80 and over
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AVER to offer lifetime membership to all vets 80 and over

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

To commemorate the end of the United States military's nearly 90-year policy of discrimination against Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual military servicemembers, and to honor senior LGBT veterans for their many contributions to our nation and our community, American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER) will institute free lifetime memberships to all veterans age 80 and over the organization announced this week.

'AVER wishes to grant this privilege to our LGBT seniors, a group which has often been undervalued by our community despite their struggles and sacrifices to forge the freedom that Gay people experience today,' said the organization in a written statement to Seattle Gay News.

According to AVER officials, any certified veteran (DD214 or other proof of service required) who supports the mission and goals of AVER and reaches his or her 80th birthday will be eligible for AVER Lifetime Membership. 'The AVER National Board celebrates those courageous and dedicated men and women who built - against great opposition - the foundation of the freedoms that we enjoy today, including, most recently, the right to serve in our nation's armed forces with integrity, pride, and honor,' said AVER officials.

Eligible veterans may apply to AVER's national president or be nominated by their chapter president to receive this honor.

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