Proos co-sponsors tax relief for disabled veterans

Under legislation co-sponsored by Sen. John Proos, Michigan’s disabled veterans and their spouses would see relief on the cost of owning their home.

“We live in the land of liberty today because of the tremendous sacrifice of America’s veterans,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “We owe it to the more than 82,000 Michigan veterans who returned home disabled that we do all we can to embrace them in our communities. This reform is about helping our disabled veterans and their families be successful homeowners by ensuring they receive this benefit earned in defense of a grateful nation.”

Senate Bill 352 would simplify and broaden the current property tax exemption for veterans who are permanently and totally disabled according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Under the bill, the benefit would remain available to or continue for the disabled veteran’s surviving spouse, as long as he or she remained unremarried.

“Our freedoms endure due to the brave men and women who risked life and limb for liberty,” Proos said. “This relief is a small measure to repay them and their families for their service. It comes at a time when we honor the debts that we can never fully repay.”

Proos said that the Michigan Senate will hold its 19th Annual Memorial Day Service in the Senate chamber Thursday, May 23, beginning at 10 a.m. Live streaming of the ceremony is available online at www.senate.michigan.gov/tvschedule/tvlive.htm.

“Memorial Day is a time to remember and honor the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to America,” Proos said. “The Senate’s Memorial Day Service honors Michigan residents killed in action during the previous 12 months, and I am proud to have Vietnam veteran Bob Williams as my guest for this special ceremony. Bob is a patriot who knows about sacrifice and has taken a leading role in helping veterans in Southwest Michigan.”

Williams was recently appointed by Gov. Snyder to the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund board of trustees. Williams served in the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam and has been a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1137 in Benton Harbor since 1979, serving as post adjutant/quarter-master for 15 years among other local, state and federal leadership positions.

Editor’s Note – Audio comments by Sen. Proos are available on the senator’s webpage at www.SenatorJohnProos.com. Click on “Podcasts.”