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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed Assembly Bill 1505, authored by Assemblymember Richard Pan and co-sponsored by Equality California and Sacramento Valley Veterans, designed to remedy inequities faced by veterans discharged under "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" and its predecessor policies.
The law, which passed with bipartisan support in both chambers, will help connect these veterans with resources to upgrade their discharge status and receive better access to state benefits for veterans and their families such as home loans, college tuition fee waivers, and preference for civil service examinations.
One year ago today, Congress repealed the unjust policy of DADT, and by signing AB 1505, Brown helps heal the wounds of discrimination inflicted upon California's veterans for no reason other than their sexual orientation. Equality California saluted Assemblymember Pan for his tireless leadership on this bill, and Brown for signing this bipartisan effort into law.
“'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell' was repealed because of the growing understanding that not only do our lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender military service members have the right to serve openly, but that our country is safer when they do,” Pan said. “Making sure these veterans, who have always been an important part of our armed forces, receive the honor and benefits they deserve is an important step towards equality.”