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Kent – Pärlor (Kent – Pearls) – With both Swedish and English lyrics!

This song by Kent is also nice to relax to…and learn Swedish in the process. Kram.

Kolla in det här videoklippet på YouTube:

http://youtu.be/LkZ28zBfSjE

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TAVA Quarterly Newsletter – Fall 2015 

Here is the Transgender American Veterans Newsletter for Fall 2015. There are reportedly over 100,000 transgender veterans receiving services in the Veterans Administration medical system. If you are or know a transgender vet, please check this advocacy organization out and pass the word.

There have been many posts on Facebook, especially after Caitlyn Jenner came out, casting dispersion on transgender persons as not being as brave as combat veterans. Some transgender persons ARE combat veterans who have served their country honorably. And the VA has been providing counseling, medications, and other services to transgender veterans long before the Affordable Care Act became law.

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TAVA Quarterly Newsletter – Fall 2015

Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA)

Quarterly Newsletter Fall 2015
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Dear Veterans,

Welcome to the second issue of the Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA) e-Newsletter. The aim of this publication is to keep you informed of new initiatives of TAVA and updates concerning the transgender veteran community.

The TAVA e-Newsletter is published quarterly. Each issue will bring you regular information on the new TAVA initiatives, our new TAVA Partners, schedule of the conferences that TAVA will send a representative, and news items of interest for the transgender veteran. To make sure you stay connected, please be sure you subscribe to our newsletter. You can do so via the TAVA wesbite. We also encourage our followers to join and/or renew your membership online. For more information, please click on TAVA Membership hyperlink above.

We hope you find the TAVA e-Newsletter a valuable resource in collecting information about TAVA and the issues concerning you, the transgender veteran. We welcome your suggestions and feedback on this e-Newsletter. Please send your comments to TAVA via email at media

Evan Young
MAJ, U.S. Army (Ret.)
National President
Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA)

TAVA Responds To DoD Trans Policy Study

On July 13, 2015, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter announced the deveolpment of a six month working group that will lead to allowing open transgender 50e31dd7-e031-435b-bdf2-1c93e4b3dabc.jpg
military service as soon as next year. The announcement that the Pentagon may soon lift the ban on transgender service is the culimation of years of campaigning for the right of patriotic American to volunteer and serve their county with dignity and respect. It is our sincere desire to have the value of a service member judged not by their gender identity but rather by their individual performance.

To read the full TAVA press release, please click here.

DoD Trangender Policy Change

As the six month working group works to lift the ban on open transgender military service, many might wonder what does this all mean?The short version is that:

  • Known Transgender personnel on active duty can no longer be involuntarily separated except by the Undersecretary of Defense; essentially halting discharges of outed Transgender service members.
  • A Pentagon Working Group is being established that will study how to integrate openly serving Transgender personnel into our armed services.

The study, which presumes that Transgender personnel will be permitted to serve openly, will develop regulatory and policy changes and include training
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troops in acceptance and non-discrimination, and also deal with pragmatic details such as which toilets may be used, which uniforms may be donned, which units may be assigned, and so on. Essentially, the same process was implemented to facilitate he transition to open service by Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual armed forces personnel from 2010 to 2011.

To read the full DoD Press Release, please click here. Reprinted with permission – © 2006-2015 Gay Military Signal

TAVA Advocacy

Since our last newsletter, TAVA has continued to advocate for open Trans Military service, benefits for Trans Service Members, Spouses and Family, and Trans well-being throughout the VA system and Tricare.

TAVA continues to serve 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. 876475e9-67fa-4620-b26b-6d6aca7761ea.jpgAs 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. If you are having issues with the Veterans Administration, please contact us.

Tides Foundation Awards Grant To 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, will enable TAVA to move forward on advocacy of the rights and benefits of transgender American veterans and volunteers who are serving and have served in our armed forces.7fbe2155-88dc-4a99-a5b4-0f3f64b42ee8.png
Evan Young, TAVA’s President, said that he and the TAVA
board are extremely grateful to be giving this recognition and opportunity to work towards a future where all of our military service members and veterans find full equality and pride in service to our nation. For more information on the Tides Foundation, please click here.
September is National Suicide Prevention Month – Your actions could save a life!

Join TAVA and be a part of The Power of 1 by showing your support during Suicide Prevention Month this September. The Power of 1 is a U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) campaign that explains how one small act can make a difference in the life of a Veteran in crisis. Whether it’s simply striking up a conversation to let a Veteran know you’re there to listen, or encouraging those in your social networks to rally behind the Veterans in your area, every little bit counts. Show how one act can encourage Veterans, Service members, and their loved ones to seek confidential crisis support from the Veterans Crisis Line.
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Please spread the word, and help to inspire your neighbors and friends to do the same. We’re all in this together. Be the reason someone you know finds support during a time of crisis. If you notice warning signs in a Veteran or Service member you know, connect him or her with the Veterans Crisis Line’s 24/7/365 resources: Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online at VeteransCrisisLine.net/chat, or text to 838255. Your actions could save a life.

Make Your Voice Heard – Take Part in 3 Critical Surveys

VA Survey of LGBT Military Veterans and Healthcare Experiences – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) researchers are studying how stigma and harassment experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) service members while in the military is associated with current individual and social health-related factors and health outcomes. The study asks military Veterans who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender to complete a 15-20 minute anonymous survey about their military experiences and their current personal health and healthcare experiences. adc20ef2-6f6c-4f96-8b4f-6fe3e15fa277.jpg

DD 214 Survey – TAVA has a survey available to take on-line for those Veterans that have attempted to change their DD 214 and received a response back from their service board.

2015 U.S. Trans Survey – The 2015 U.S.Trans Survey is the follow-up to the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, and is the largest study ever conducted on the experiences of trans people in the U.S. In the past, surveys were the catalyst for the current VA directive, helping all transgender veterans. This survey will provide critical data that TAVA can access from the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) to directly help veterans. With your assistance, we can redefine what the public knows about trans, genderqueer, and nonbinary people through the 2015 U.S.Trans Survey. Everyone’s Voice Counts!

New TAVA Social Media Networks
e7378ea5-9186-4833-b8f5-04dbbf6e7f99.jpgTAVA is pleased to announce the latest additions to our social media networks. Now, there are more ways to stay connected to TAVA!

  • Twitter – TAVA now has an active Twitter feed providing you the latest news on areas of interest. If you are on Twitter, please follow us!
  • Private Facebook Group – This group is an extension of our successful Facebook page. The private group provides our followers a safe-space place to share information, resources and provide support. If you follow us on Facebook, we would love to have you join the private group!
  • YouTube Page – While still in its construction stages, TAVA will be adding videos in the coming months. Please check back often!
Trans Veterans Lives – True Stories of Transgender Service in Our Armed Forces

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the months ahead. Have you ever thought about sharing your story? TAVA always welcomes new stories. Contact our media director, Denny Meyer at media@tavausa.org to share your story! Here are our latest stories featured:

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