Sunday, October 31, 2010

Virginia Voters to decide on tax break for veterans

The state of Virginia is asking voters if a tax break should be given to veterans.

Question 2 "Asks voters if the constitution of Virginia should be amended to require the General Assembly to provide a real property tax exemption for the principal residence of a veteran or his or her
surviving spouse if the veteran has a 100 percent service-connected and permanent and total disability.
The proposed amendment would the General Assembly to pass a law exempting from local taxation the principal residence owned and occupied by any veteran with a 100 percent service-connected permanent and total disability. The veterans surviving spouse could continue to claim the exemption provided he or she does not remarry and continues to occupy the home as his or her principal residence."

It appears that the legislators will determine how large of an exemption will be granted, I am sure it will not be a total exemption, but rather a percentage.

This is a great first step, now we question, what about the rest of the veterans. Are they to be left out
in the cold? Does the state have exemptions (as some states do) for Korean and Vietnam Wars?
And what about the Cold War Veteran, are they to still be ignored?

I urge everyone who lives in Virginia to vote yes on Question 2, remember, recognize and honor our
veterans. It is time to say Thank You for your service. You have done well.

Jerald Terwilliger
National Chairman
American Cold War Veterans
"We Remember"

---------------- "And so the greatest of American triumphs... became a peculiarly joyless victory. We had won the Cold War, but there would be no parades." -- Robert M. Gates, 1996