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For Immediate Release

April 26, 2013

National Telephone Discussion Group For LGBT Military Service Veterans Aged 60+

New group to launch in June 2013

[New York, NY] Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) and AVER (American Veterans For Equal Rights) are pleased to announce the launch of a pilot project to provide a National Telephone Discussion Group for Older (60+ years of age) LGBT Veterans. This project will start 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;
  • Aging;
  • 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:

 Please include:

  • Your name
  • Telephone number
  • E mail address
  • Age
  • 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 or AVER at 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.



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 advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBT older people. SAGE also offers supportive services and consumer resources to LGBT older adults and their caregivers, 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 located across the country, SAGE coordinates a growing network of affiliates across the country. Learn more at

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.

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