SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 7, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — VetsinTech, the leading national non-profit dedicated to supporting veterans and military spouses through tech-based programs and opportunities in education, employment, and entrepreneurship, proudly presented its Advocacy Award to Assemblyman James C. Ramos at its annual fundraising Gala. The award honors Assemblyman Ramos’ steadfast commitment to military veterans through his sponsorship of Assembly Bill 46.
“Thank you to VetsinTech for this award. It’s an honor to stand with our nation’s veterans, that is why I am proud to author AB 46 to help vets and their dependents keep more of their hard-earned, well-deserved pensions. I will continue to work on the issue this coming session,” said Ramos. “Standing with veterans is something that goes back deep in my culture. We’ve stood with my great uncles who went and fought in WWII, then looked for resources that weren’t there. That’s why we support our veterans. On behalf of my elders, thank you so much for this award.”
AB 46 seeks to exempt the pensions of military veteran retirees and surviving spouses from California income tax. With solid bi-partisan support, despite previous setbacks in getting similar bills passed that he also sponsored, AB 46 reflects Ramos’ unwavering advocacy for over 140,000 military retirees residing in California. One of only three states, California fully taxes veterans’ and surviving spouses’ pensions. If signed into law, the bill is poised to increase veterans’ collective incomes by $830 million annually while potentially creating over 12,000 jobs, thereby improving the livelihoods of military families in the state.
Assemblyman Ramos’ efforts to pass AB 46 also reflects his dedication to making California a more accommodating home for military veterans and their families. His efforts align perfectly with VetsinTech’s staunch support of service and community.
The Advocacy Award is a testament to Assemblyman Ramos’ impact on the veteran community and his enduring resolve to champion their cause. VetsinTech’s annual fundraising gala, aptly themed “Vets 2.0 — Beyond the Transition,” is also a celebration of the remarkable individuals and organizations going above and beyond to support veterans in education, employment, and entrepreneurship.
“We’re deeply grateful to Assemblyman Ramos for his tireless advocacy in sponsoring AB 46 to help military families protect their income from what shouldn’t be taxed in the first place,” said Katherine Webster, CEO of VetsinTech. “His commitment to bettering the lives of California’s veterans and families embodies the spirit of service we aim to recognize.”
For more information about VetsinTech and the annual Gala, please visit https://events.vetsintech.co/gala2023/.
Based in San Francisco, with more than 75,000 vets strong and 20 chapters across the country, VetsinTech is the leading national non-profit devoted 100% to springboarding veterans into tech careers. VetsinTech harnesses the national technology ecosystem to benefit veterans returning from active military duty and who want to apply their exceptional training, skills, and experience to a new technology career. Comprising technology industry leaders and former service members, VetsinTech is the only non-profit supporting veterans and military spouses through tech-based programs in education, employment, and entrepreneurship opportunities.