Huge news for LGBT veterans in California who were discharged from the military as a result of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT)!
Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1505, authored by Assemblymember Richard Pan and co-sponsored by Equality California and Sacramento Valley Veterans, which designed to remedy inequities faced by veterans discharged under DADT and its predecessor policies.
More after the jump.
Equality California explains that "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."
This is especially sweet on the anniversary of DADT's repeal!
“'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell' was repealed because of the growing understanding that not only do our lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender military service members have the right to serve openly, but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,” said AB 1505 author Assembly Member Richard Pan. “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.”
Gov. Brown's decision to sign AB 1505, will go a long way towards repaying those servicemembers that were unjustly discriminated against and removed from duty based on nothing but their sexual orientation.