Proposing More Relief to Veterans

Legislators unveiled a bill designed to keep the faith with our veterans.

Assembly Speaker John Gard released the veterans relief package Wednesday.

It would help injured veterans in three ways. It would waive tuition for the children or spouse of any veteran with a 30 percent or greater service disability. The tuition waiver would apply to any UW or technical college in the state.

The next part would provide a 50 percent tuition waiver at state schools for all veterans.

The final part would create an income tax credit for 100 percent of a property tax bill for veterans over the age of 65 with a 100 percent service–connected disability.

Gard says, "These initiatives will cost money. I know it's a tough budget year. But nothing in this budget is as tough as what we have asked these veterans to face on our behalf."

The state will follow the federal guidelines regarding disabilities. Generally speaking a 30 percent injury is the loss of an extremity like a hand, foot or eye.

A spokesman for the Department of Veterans Affairs says they don't know how many veterans might qualify for those benefits.

Speaker Gard says it will probably cost the state between $2 to 3 million a year.

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