LGBT Veterans

Resources on this page include: Webinar, Powerpoint presentation, and links to military documents. 

Webinar: Restore Honor, Restore Dignity:
Updating Veteran Certificates

Presented by the ABA SOGI Commission, in conjunction with OUTSERVE

This free webinar program will train attorneys on how to help LGBT veterans—transgender veterans in changing the name and gender marker on their military records, and LGB veterans who were discharged under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and prior policies in removing the offensive evidence of those policies from their discharge paperwork.

Currently, there is no publicly available guidance from the Department of Defense on how to update your information in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) and on the DD214 Military Discharge Record.

This program is part of ABA President Linda Klein’s veteran’s service projects.


  • Peter Perkowski, Counsel, OutServe-SLDN, Inc.
  • Deana Cairo, Partner, Tucker Ellis  LLP
  • Stephen Lessard, Senior Associate, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

View Powerpoint presentation for webinar

Air Force Documents:

Air Force Discharge Upgrade

Air Force Trans Name Change:

Navy Documents:

Navy Discharge Upgrades

Army Documents: 

Army Trans Name Change: