SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today four more prominent veteran's groups announced their endorsement of Proposition 33, the 2012 Automobile Insurance Discount Act: The Jewish War Veterans, Department of California (JWV); the Military Officers Association of America, California Council of Chapters (Cal MOAA); the Reserve Officers Association, Department of the Golden West (ROA); and the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Department of California.
"California has over 30,000 young men and women discharging from the military into California each year. We as a state need to do all we can to assist them in pursuing the jobs, careers, and families that they put on hold in order to serve their country. They should not lose their insurance discounts because they served overseas," said Pete Conaty, retired U.S. Army, veterans advocate, and lobbyist for many California veterans groups who believes Prop 33 will help ease the burden on our young service members.
Proposition 33 allows drivers to retain their continuous coverage discount even if they change insurance carriers. Currently, California is one of only two states in the country that require a driver to lose their continuous coverage discount if they have shopped around and found a better rate with another carrier. Current state law disadvantages active duty military members in California.
Proposition 33 is a straight forward measure only one page in length. Section 4 (b) (1) states that:
Continuous coverage shall be deemed to exist if there is a lapse in coverage due to an insured's active military service"
The Jewish War Veterans; Military Officers Association of America, California Council of Chapters; Reserve Officers Association; and the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Department of California are the most recent veterans service organizations to join the coalition of support for Proposition 33 which includes:
- the American Legion-Department of California
- AMVETS-Department of California
- Veterans of Foreign Wars-Department of California
- Vietnam Veterans of America-California State Council
- the American GI Forum
- the United Services Automobile Association (USAA) - an insurance company founded by Army officers
Prop 33 is sponsored by George Joseph, founder of Mercury Insurance. Joseph enlisted in the Army before World War II. He participated in some 50 missions as a B-17 navigator during World War II. Joseph has been active in promoting initiatives against the current state laws that have led to restrictions on competition by insurance carriers.
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