I am a disabled veteran who served my country during 2 wars. My source of income is from my Veteran's pension. As property values and real estate taxes rise, Arizona disabled veterans' standard of living decreases and puts them at risk of losing their homes.
We are calling on State Senator John McComish and the Arizona legislature to do what most other states have already done: help insure that disabled veterans can stay in their homes for their lifetime.
We are asking Senator McComish to introduce legislation to exempt a certain amount of the value of a disabled veteran's primary residence. This means a residence in which the veteran has the majority ownership. We are requesting, as a starting point for exemption, the first $250,000 in home value for a 100% VA rated veteran regardless of income.
A seriously disabled veteran is someone who has been rated 100% disabled by the Veterans Administration. Some 100% rated veterans are able to work, usually part time, but most with this rating cannot, and if they pursue a normal career usually must retire earlier than their non veteran peers. This means we sacrifice tens of thousands of dollars of unearned pay to our state and nation for our sacrifice. We stand on the sidelines while our peers peacefully pursue careers that we helped ensure by our service.
It is rare that the annual cost of living increase, or COLA, in Veterans compensation is increased enough to compensate for the rise in real estate taxes. We are not, and never should be considered "welfare cases" to be evaluated and determined "worthy" or not. Incredibly (or outrageously) current Arizona law disqualifies every 100% disabled veteran because the VA compensation for injuries exceeds the income limit to qualify for the law reducing real estate taxes assisting other citizens who suffer extreme poverty.
Shameful! The 100% VA disability rating tells the complete story with regard to our right to tax relief. We stood in front of you and your families and took the wounds that were intended for you! And we will suffer physically and mentally, 365 days a year from those injuries for the rest of our lives, whether we are 20 years old or 80. NO DISABLED ARIZONA VETERAN SHOULD NEED TO WORRY ABOUT KEEPING THEIR HOME DUE TO RISING TAX VALUATIONS!
We call on the Arizona legislature to do the right thing and support the state's disabled veterans with decisive action!