AVER Bataan Chapter
Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico
Dorothy Seaton - President
Paula Kaski - Vice President
Stephani Patten - Secretary
Liaison with NMVMP
Who We Are
We are dedicated to equal rights and treatment under the law for all uniformed service members and veterans. We will foster a spirit of sister/brotherhood among those active, reserve and veteran service members who are also lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or otherwise sexually identified, as well as family or friends of the same. We will continue to work toward achieving full and equal rights for all service members. We will continue to educate the government and citizenry of the United States of America towards the end of eliminating all exclusionary laws and policies which prescribe or allow discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identification.
OUR VISION —
is to achieve and maintain, full and equal military rights, benefits and recognition of service for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender veterans, active uniformed service and reserve component members.Double-click here to edit the text.
OUR MISSION —
is to be a national non-profit, chapter-based service organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender veterans, active duty uniformed service members, families and supporters.
As the first to represent the needs of the LGBT Military community in our fight against discrimination in military service and benefits, AVER is dedicated to equal rights for all present and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.
In the highest traditions of citizen soldiers, we support equal treat-ment before the law, equal access to benefits, full access to voting rights, non-discrimination in civilian employment and support for the mission and goals of the U.S. Armed Forces.
AVER Core Values —
- reflect our values in service to our country.
- Honor to live our values and ethics truthfully in all things we do, mindful of the privilege to serve our fellow Americans.
- Dignity and Respect for diversity in all veterans and ourselves.
- Integrity to do what is right, legal and moral in our dealings with all others.
- Service as a proud team in duty to our country and to the LGBT uniformed members and veterans who serve our country.
- Courage to face physical and moral hazards and adversity by making decisions right and honorable without regard for personal consequences.
- Loyalty to our nation's Constitution, our military, American Veterans for Equal Rights and to each other.