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Equality California Congratulates Openly Gay Incoming California Veterans Department Chief
September 28, 2015 at 3:37 pm

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September 28, 2015

CONTACT: Jason Howe, Equality California
PHONE: (323) 848-9801/MOBILE: (415) 595-9245/EMAIL: jason@eqca.org

Sacramento – Equality California thanks Governor Jerry Brown for his appointment on Friday of California National Guard Colonel Vito Imbasciani as secretary of the California Department of Veterans Affairs.

Imbasciani, 69, director of government relations at the Southern California Kaiser Permanente Medical Group, has worked as a urologic surgeon since 1997. He served as state surgeon for the California Army National Guard from 2006 to 2014 and as a surgeon in the U.S. Army Medical Corps from 1986 to 2014. Imbasciani was a tireless advocate for ending the military’s discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, testifying before Congress, and lobbying legislators, military leaders and even President Obama behind-the-scenes.

“It’s hard to imagine anyone more qualified for this job than Dr. Imbasciani,” said Rick Zbur, executive director of Equality California. “For nearly 30 years, he has helped to heal injured Californians in Iraq, in Saudi Arabia and here at home. His long history as a physician and of service with distinction under the dehumanizing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy make him an inspired choice to serve California’s veterans.”


Equality California is the nation’s largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization dedicated to creating a fair and just society. Our mission is to achieve and maintain full and lasting equality, acceptance, and social justice for all people in our diverse LGBT communities, inside and outside of California. Our mission includes advancing the health and well-being of LGBT Californians through direct healthcare service advocacy and education. Through electoral, advocacy, education and mobilization programs, we strive to create a broad and diverse alliance of LGBT people, educators, government officials, communities of color and faith, labor, business, and social justice communities to achieve our goals. www.eqca.org

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