National Telephone Discussion Group For LGBT Military Service Veterans Aged 60+
New group to launch in June 2013
In the first phase of the project, a small group of older (60+) LGBT vets will participate in a weekly 60-minute telephone discussion group for 8 weeks. Further discussion groups may develop in the future after the completion of this project.
The purpose of this discussion group is for members to talk with each other about general issues of concern to older LGBT adults (60+) who are veterans of service in the US armed forces. Issues could include:
The difference between older adult and younger older adult veterans’ experiences in the military;
- LGBT-related discrimination;
- Success stories and frustrations around obtaining benefits; and
- Other related issues of concern to participants.
LGBT Veterans over the age of 60 who wish to apply to participate in this telephone discussion group, which will begin on June 7, 2013, should email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Your name
- Telephone number
- E mail address
- Veteran status, and
- Preferred identity, i.e., sexual orientation (gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, or other) or gender identity (such as male, female, transgender)
Once we receive your information, you will be contacted by phone or email (please indicate if you have a preferred mode of communication) to discuss your interest. In this initial pilot telephone discussion group, only a very limited number of participant slots are available. We want to select participants in a way that will maximize cohesion. All information will be kept confidential.
Please note: This is not a mental health or “therapy group.” Veterans with mental health-related concerns may contact SAGE at email@example.com or AVER at firstname.lastname@example.org to find help. For others, The National Veterans Crisis Line may be of use. To reach the National Veterans Crisis Line, please call (800) 273-8255, and dial ext. 1 to reach a live operator.
Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) is the country's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in New York City, SAGE is a national organization that offers supportive services and consumer resources to LGBT older adults and their caregivers, advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBT older people, provides education and technical assistance for aging providers and LGBT organizations through its National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, and cultural competence training through SAGECare. With staff in New York City, Washington, DC and Chicago, SAGE coordinates a growing network of 30 SAGE affiliates in 20 states and the District of Columbia. Learn more at sageusa.org and lgbtagingcenter.org.
AVER is the nation's LGBT veterans' service organization advocating and serving our own LGBT veterans and service members with chapters across the America since 1990. www.aver.us