SAN DIEGO, California -- The American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER) will host an open house and luncheon at 1 pm on Sunday, March 29 to kick off the start up of its new chapter in San Diego.
The luncheon, themed “Share the Pride,” is open to all LGBT armed forces veterans and service members, and will be held at T Lounge (formerly Bamboo Lounge), located at 1475 University Ave. in Hillcrest.
AVER president Steve Loomis, a retired Army lieutenant commander and gay combat veteran, and vice president, retired Navy Chief Petty Officer Julz Carey, will be on hand to meet guests and “share in the pride” of opening this new chapter.
Founded in 1990, AVER advocates for veteran and service members’ “honor, right and duty to serve,” as well as for equal benefits and a support system.
Membership in AVER is $35, but free for active duty and reservist personnel, and both WWII veterans and those over 80 are offered free lifetime memberships.