DC is proud of the strength and diversity of our veteran community, which spans five eras of service and four generations. To better serve you, MOVA's new lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) veteran outreach initiative was created to help LGBTQ veterans and their families learn about and gain access to the full range of their earned benefits.
Our goal is to connect our LGBTQ veterans to federal and district benefits, such as VA health care, disability compensation and pension, homelessness resources and more.
MOVA works with our community partners to assist with upgrading your status if you were given an other-than-honorable discharge under the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy and its predecessors, or with other military records corrections (name changes, etc.).
MOVA works to build a strong community of and for LGBTQ veterans in DC, while also helping shape DC laws for the LGBTQ veteran community through advocacy and sustained outreach initiatives.
Self-Help Options and Resources
Ordering DD214s and other military documents:
Through an SF 180: You may also request military records through the use of a Standard Form 180. See here for more information.
Name Changes for DD 214s
Congress has authorized the correction of records when it is considered necessary either to rectify an error or to remove an injustice. DD Form 214 does not list gender, but it does list your name. While for most non-transgender people a service record showing a former name does not communicate any sensitive information, for transgender people disclosure of the former name can be equivalent to disclosure of transgender status. This can be considered an injustice, and will be the strongest basis for your request to update your name on the DD 214.
Generally speaking, to update your DD 214 military discharge record, you will need two things: a completed DD Form 149 (Application for Correction of Military Record) and evidence to support your name change request. If possible, this evidence should include proof of your legal name change and gender transition, such as a U.S. passport, driver's license or government-issued ID card showing your updated name and gender.
The DC Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs can assist you with this process. A copy of DD Form 149 can be found online here.
For more information: "Transgender People and Military Records"
VHA LGBTQ Veteran Care
The Veterans Health Administration is the largest integrated health care system in the United States and strives to be a national leader in providing care to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender veterans. In 2012, the VHA's Office of Patient Care Services created the LGBTQ Health Program, which provides policy recommendations, provider-education programs and clinical services to support personalized, pro-active, patient-driven healthcare for LGBTQ veterans.
For more information: LGBTQ Veteran Patient Care
DC LGBTQ Veterans Efforts
The DC Center for the LGBTQ Community educates, empowers, celebrates, and connects the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. The DC Center focuses on health and wellness, arts and culture, social and peer support, and advocacy and community building.
Whitman Walker Clinic strives to be the highest quality, culturally competent community health center serving greater Washington DC’s diverse urban community, including individuals who face barriers to accessing care, and with a special expertise in LGBTQ and HIV care.
Capital Pride Alliance, through its stewardship of diverse programming and events, specifically year-round LGBTQ Pride festivities centered in Washington, DC, serves to celebrate, educate, support, and inspire the multi-faceted communities in order to grow and preserve the LGBTQ history and rights for current and future generations.
Metro DC’s Parents, Friends & Family of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is the Nation’s largest family and ally organization for the LGBTQ community. PFLAG unites people who are LGBTQ with families, friends, and allies. PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through support, education and advocacy. Metro DC’s PFLAG hosts a variety of support groups across the DC area.
Mayor Bowser’s Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Affairs provides DC constituent services and information for the LGBTQ communities through community outreach, public education activities and advises the Mayor and the DC Government on the needs of the LGBTQ residents of the District of Columbia through technical assistance and training.
Human Rights Campaign is a national organization that advocates for LGBTQ equality and educates the public about LGBTQ issues.
Outserve/SLDN works to represent the U.S. LGBTQ military community worldwide. Their mission is to educate the community, provide legal services, advocate for authentic transgender service, provide developmental opportunities, support members and local chapters, communicate effectively, and work towards equality for all.
American Veterans for Equal Rights is an organization dedicated to full and equal rights and equitable treatment for all present and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces, especially the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender current and prior military personnel who have been historically disenfranchised by armed forces policy and discriminatory laws governing military service and benefits.
American Military Partner Association, connecting, supporting, honoring, and serving the partners and spouses of America’s LGBTQ service members and veterans – our nation’s modern military families.
Transgender American Veterans Association acts proactively with other concerned gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) organizations to ensure that transgender veterans will receive appropriate care for their medical conditions in accordance with the Veterans Health Administration’s Customer Service Standards promise to “treat you with courtesy and dignity . . . as the first class citizen that you are.” Further, TAVA will help in educating the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DoD) on issues regarding fair and equal treatment of transgender and transsexual individuals. Also, TAVA will help the general transgender community when deemed appropriate.