Constitutional Amendment for Families of Veterans Killed in Action
Oct 28, 2014
Dear Friend: 
As your representative in the Virginia House of Delegates I want to make you aware of a way that you can support the families of fallen veterans when you go to vote on November 4th. There is a proposed State Constitutional Amendment that, if passed, would give some tax relief to Virginia families of Service members who were “Killed in Action.” Please look at the information below.
 
Vote YES to SUPPORT Veterans This November
 
Ø  This State Constitutional Amendment would eliminate real estate taxes on homes of spouses of any US Armed Forces member who was ‘Killed in Action’*
 
Ø  This amendment will not change current law which covers disabled veterans and their surviving spouses, but will be an addition for survivors
 
Ø  This bill passed the Virginia General Assembly two years in a row with unanimous support – it now needs to be voted on by the people of the Commonwealth of Virginia
 
Ø  This measure will appear on Virginia ballots in the November 4th Election
 
Ø  It is the only constitutional amendment on the ballot this year
 
             *Further information: The constitutional amendment provides that the surviving spouse must occupy the real property as his or her principal place of residence and the tax exemption ceases if the spouse remarries. The exemption would apply for the dwelling and the land upon which it is situated, not exceeding one acre. This tax exemption would go into effect with tax year 2015.
             This is how it will appear on your ballot: 
 
Question: Shall Section 6-A of Article X (Taxation and Finance) of the Constitution of Virginia be amended to allow the General Assembly to exempt from taxation the real property of the surviving spouse of any member of the armed forces of the United States who was killed in action, where the surviving spouse occupies the real property of his or her principal place of residence and has not remarried?
 
A YES vote is a vote in honor of our brave men and women who have died on the field of battle and in support of their surviving spouses. I hope that you will join me in voting for this amendment.