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Transgender Military Retreat


25 September 2020

4:00 pm to 6:00 pm Registration and Reception
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm Self-guided tour options in Atlanta/Invitation Only Leader’s Meeting

26 September 2020

8:00 am to 9:00 am Continental Breakfast
9:00 am to 9:45 am Opening Address: Evan Young, President, TAVA
  Keynote Address: Kristin Beck, Lady Valor
9:45 am to 10:30 am Presentation: Navigating the VA, Nicole Vansant, VA LGBT VCC
10:30 am to 10:45 am Break
10:45 am to 11:15 am Presentation: Mental Health, Zander Keig, Cohen Group
11:15 am to 12:00 pm Presentation: Q & A Panel with morning speakers
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm to 2:15 pm Presentation: DD-214 Name Change, Stephen Lessard, Orrick Law Firm
2:15 pm to 3:00 pm Presentation: Advocacy and You, Andrea Zekis
3:00 pm to 3:45 pm Presentation: Personal Story of Resilience and Power, Laila Ireland
3:45 pm to 4:00 pm Free Time
4:00 pm to 4:05 pm Meet Hotel Lobby for Transportation to Atlanta Braves Game
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Atlanta Braves Baseball Game

27 September 2020

8:00 am to 9:00 am Continental Breakfast
9:00 am to 9:30 am Transportation to Outreach Program
9:30 am to 11:00 am Outreach Program
11:00 am to 11:30 am Transportation to Hotel
11:30 am to 12:00 am Closing Remarks: Evan Young, President TAVA

For detailed program, please download our PDF.

Check out the flip book for the Retreat!

Registration is going on now for the Transgender American Veterans Association Transgender Military Retreat, a conference for building community and self-advocacy in Atlanta, September 25-27, 2020 at the Atlanta Midtown Hilton Garden Inn.

We are pleased to announce the following speakers that will educate and inspire our audience: Kristin Beck, Laila Ireland, Zander Keig, Andrea Zekis, Nicole VanSant, and Stephen Lessard. Please download our flip book to learn more about each speaker and to view detailed programming information.

The weekend registration includes an optional Major League Baseball game featuring the Atlanta Braves.

The conference is sponsored by TAVA, the Pollin Group, and Nike. All conference registrants will receive a Nike camouflage draw string bag with brochures and swag from transgender veteran organizations from across the nation to promote awareness of all resources available to our community. The first 100 registrants receive drastically reduced hotel costs. Normal rate for two days in midtown Atlanta is $230 per night. Registration is $50 total per person for the entire conference, including some meals, until February 15th. Baseball game is an optional excursion, costing $75, which includes special seating, beverages (including beer and wine), and food. Transportation to the game is included.

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