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Veterans' Legislation

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Placido Salazarpsalazar9@satx.rr.comVeterans' Legislation
Just as I was the one who several years ago, recommended to Senators LeticiaVan de Putte and Senator Carlos Uresti the legislation described below, I was alsothe one who recommended the introduction of legislation establishing the
Veterans’ Courts –
and recommended to Sheriff Amadeo Ortiz, training for
police/sheriffs’ responding officers, to take into account if the “offender” might
be a Veteran with PTSD. I wanted to prevent a PTSD-affected Veteran fromgetting killed and that, once his/her case got to court, that the Veteran
psychological condition be taken into account, as to sentencing circumstances.
I mention this, because the wrong official “keeps getting credit” without batting
an eye, for something I recommended.
I’m glad that Veterans are getting the
benefits of these pieces of legislation, but
Please…… credit where credit is
I’m glad Judge Al Alonzo spoke
up to this fact, in the Commissioners’ Court
during the ceremony. Thanks, Judge Al.
It would be in our Veterans’ best interest, in consideration of t
heir and their
spouse’s military sacrifices, if these two items of legislation were adopted in other
if this has not already been done.Placido Salazar, USAF Retired Vietnam VeteranAmerican GI Forum Lifetime Member
83R642 CJC-DBy: Pickett H.B. No. 214A BILL TO BE ENTITLEDAN ACTrelating to the exemption from ad valorem taxation of the totalappraised value of the residence homestead of the surviving spouseof a 100 percent or totally disabled veteran.BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:SECTION 1. Section 11.131(c), Tax Code, is amended to readas follows:(c) The surviving spouse of a disabled veteran who qualifiedfor an exemption under Subsection (b) when the disabled veterandied, or of a disabled veteran who would have qualified for anexemption under that subsection if that subsection had been in
effect on the date the disabled veteran died, is entitled to anexemption from taxation of the total appraised value of the sameproperty to which the disabled veteran's exemption applied, or towhich the disabled veteran's exemption would have applied if theexemption had been authorized on the date the disabled veterandied, if:(1) the surviving spouse has not remarried since thedeath of the disabled veteran; and(2) the property:(A) was the residence homestead of the survivingspouse when the disabled veteran died; and(B) remains the residence homestead of thesurviving spouse.SECTION 2. Section 11.131, Tax Code, as amended by this Act,applies only to ad valorem taxes imposed for a tax year beginning onor after January 1, 2014.SECTION 3. This Act takes effect January 1, 2014, but onlyif the constitutional amendment proposed by the 83rd Legislature,Regular Session, 2013, authorizing the legislature to provide foran exemption from ad valorem taxation of all or part of the marketvalue of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a 100percent or totally disabled veteran who died before the lawauthorizing a residence homestead exemption for such a veteran tookeffect is approved by the voters. If that amendment is not approvedby the voters, this Act has no effect.
American GI Forum of the U.S.
Education Is Our Freedom and Freedom Should Be Everybody’s Business
Placido Salazar
National Executive Secretary
214 Parkview Drive, Universal City TX 78148(210) 658-9756psalazar9@satx.rr.com 
Dr. Hector P. Garcia, FounderSenator Leticia Van de Putte August 27, 2009The Senate Committee on Veterans AffairsAustin TX 78711Dear SenatorThank you and your staff members for all the never-ending work you do on behalf of myfellow-Veterans.In particular, thank you for your effort regarding the new 100% Disabled Veterans HomesteadProperty Tax Exemption.Before this measure was approved, I visited the office of State Rep Kino Flores and delivereda recommendation for

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