The Chicago Chapter of AVER ( LGBTQ military veterans ) will host the National AVER Convention at the Center on Halsted Sept. 19 through 21 and will host an associated banquet on Saturday, Sept. 22 at Ann Sathers, 909 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. There will be an open bar, a silent auction, buffet dinner and a program with speakers and awards.
Keynote speaker will be Lee Reinhart, former Chicago AVER chapter president and the first veteran discharged under Don't Ask, Don't Tell to reenlist in Illinois following repeal of the policy. Kristin Beck, a transgener woman and retired Navy SEAL, will be honored.
The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets to the event are $40 at www.averchicago.org/national-convention/ . Questions can be addressed to Jim Darby 773-752-0058.