Dear AMPA member,
Wow, what a year! It’s crazy to think how far we’ve come in just 12 months. But here we are getting ready to celebrate a new year, and I’m so proud of what our all volunteer team at AMPA has accomplished together over the last year. It’s truly almost unbelievable when you look back.
Whether it was fighting to make sure our LGBT veterans and their families receive the benefits they’ve earned; filing a marriage equality brief with the Supreme Court of the United States and other courts on behalf of our modern military spouses (which led to a historic victory of nationwide marriage equality); holding state national guards accountable in recognizing same-sex military spouses; or pushing for policy changes to allow our transgender troops to serve openly and honestly; AMPA was there at the frontlines advocating on behalf of our LGBT military spouses and their families.
But it didn’t end there. While the repeal of DADT allowed gay, lesbian, and bisexual service members to finally serve openly, it did not implement a non-discrimination policy ensuring they were not unfairly discriminated against. AMPA led the charge for this to change, and we finally claimed victory this year when the Pentagon added sexual orientation as a protected class to the military equal opportunity program.
Seeing first hand the harm that the military’s transgender ban continues to inflict on transgender service members and their families, AMPA released an unprecedented new report in partnership with the Transgender American Veterans Association. This first of its kind report focused on the impact the outdated transgender military regulations have on the entire family and included personal stories from transgender service members and their families. And we hopefully will finally see the transgender ban lifted in the new year!
However, our mission continues. We have so much more to accomplish together. Whether or not it’s joining our allies in the fight to keep our earned benefits; working to ensure religious freedom isn’t used as an excuse to discriminate against our families; continuing to press for command sponsorship of LGBT military spouses and families at duty stations around the world; helping to increase awareness about the struggles and challenges our families face; or representing our families in the broader military and veteran community; AMPA is committed to continuing our mission in education, advocacy, and support for our modern military families and allies.
But we can’t do it without you!
Please consider donating $25, $50, or even $100 to help us continue our mission. Every little bit counts, and as an all-volunteer team, 100% of your tax-deductible donation goes directly to our work.
Together, we’ll continue making a difference in the lives of our modern military families.
President, The American Military Partner Association
P.S. SAVE THE DATE: The 3rd Annual AMPA National Gala is scheduled for May 7, 2016, in Washington, DC. Stay tuned for more details when discounted early bird tickets go on sale in January. It’s the largest LGBT military event of the year honoring our modern military families, and one you definitely don’t want to miss!