American Veterans for Equal Rights

On Veteran’s Day today, it would be such a wise and evolved move for our nation to honor all veterans and all of those who are devoted to serve the nation’s armed forces–and finally repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. We are a more advanced country than this rule demonstrates. It makes us a joke and makes the international audience think us weak that our military forces should be so afraid of themselves (and of course, the fighting forces are NOT resistant to us joining the 21st century–the old geezers sitting in their offices are the ones quaking in their orthopedic shoes).

American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER) is a non-profit, chapter-based association of active, reserve and veteran servicemembers dedicated to full and equal rights and equitable treatment for all present and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Preamble to the National Constitution of American Veterans For Equal Rights

Throughout our history, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and two-spirit Americans served in the Armed Forces. They took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America against all enemies both foreign and domestic. We aver that it is the right of these Americans to express personal aspects of their lives, and, in particular, aspects of their sexual orientation and/or gender identification. Furthermore, they should be allowed to do this in an environment free from harassment and discrimination based on prejudice, fear, ignorance, or intolerance in order to fulfill their human potential to the fullest.

Working as individuals or in cohesive units with others while serving our country in either war or peace our members have accumulated distinguished records of military service that demonstrate a resolve and a commitment to cherished American ideals. We are active duty personnel, reservists, and veterans of the United States Air Force, Army, Army Air Corps, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Merchant Marine, National Guard, and Navy, or any reserve components thereof, or the various State Militia. In pursuit of common goals we proudly join together as the American Veterans for Equal Rights.

As a nation that currently stifles pride, we dishonor everyone who wears the uniform…today of all days, making it right would be such a stroke of grace and strength–I hope the military brass won’t shrink form their duty of making us the best we can be.

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