Delegate Ric Metzgar (R-6) has cross filed a Veterans Bill in the Maryland House of Delegates to expand eligibility for a property tax exemption for a disabled veteran and his or her spouse for a legal residence of a Disabled Veteran to include veterans with at least a certain percentage of a service connected disability. This bill, like most veterans bills, has bipartisan support from both Democrats and Republicans.

As a member of the Veterans Caucus, Delegate Metzgar felt that it was important to cross this bill in the House. Delegate Metzgar has been a strong supporter of veterans. Senator Johnny Ray Salling (R-6) who served as an Army Combat Engineer, introduced the bill as Senate Bill 357 in the Maryland State Senate. Cross filing a bill will insure that it will be heard in both respective committees and increases its chances of a full vote in both chambers.

A Disabled Veteran is defined as Honorably Discharged or released under Honorable circumstances from active military, naval, or air service and has been declared by the Veterans Administration to have a permanent (100%) service connected disability of at least 80% that results from blindness or other disabling cause that is reasonably certain to continue for the life of the veteran and was not caused or incurred by misconduct of the veteran.

This bill is also extended to the legal dwelling an individual who died in the line of duty who owns the house at the time of his or her death and to the surviving spouse as long as he or she does not remarry.

“This is the least we can do for our veterans who have given so much for our freedom”, says Delegate Metzgar. A hearing on this bill in each chamber is expected in the next few weeks.

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