As our brave veterans return home, they face many obstacles. They must readjust back into “normal” civilian life, which means securing a job, maybe furthering their education, and familiarizing themselves with civilian life again. Many times, veterans come home with a serious injury that has left them severely disabled. The Ohio House has taken steps to ensure that these particular veterans have some assistance.

House Bill 85, sponsored by Representatives Anne Gonzales and Lou Terhar, increases the amount of the homestead exemption from $25,000 to $50,000 for those veterans who are permanently and totally disabled with a 100 percent disability from the VA. For our courageous and selfless veterans, having the ability to stay in a home for as long as possible can be a huge relief.

The homestead exemption was implemented first in the 1970s when it was passed by Ohioans as a constitutional amendment, which allowed senior citizens in Ohio to qualify for this type of exemption. What better way to continue this tax relief than to our military servicemen and woman who have sacrificed everything in protection of our country, its citizens, and the beliefs and traditions we hold so dear. By increasing the homestead exemption for disabled veterans, we are showing our gratitude and giving them a helping hand during their transition home.

Approximately 8,000 disabled Ohio veterans who were honorably discharged will be able to qualify for the homestead exemption, and I look forward to seeing some of these veterans in a home of their own along with their families. By doubling the homestead exemption for the veterans who need it most, we are also putting Ohio in a better position in regards to laws like this in neighboring states. Before the passage of this legislation, Ohio was part of a very small group of states that offered no tax relief to veterans. It was imperative that we fix that.

Signed into law in June, and effective last month, House Bill 85 continues the Ohio House’s bipartisan efforts in supporting veterans. Several measures have been passed recently that work to lift veterans up and encourage their success in the job sector, at educational institutions, and now in owning a home. We owe them our appreciation and I will make sure that they continue to be a priority so that those disabled veterans in the 65th Ohio House district have a brighter future and a place to call home.

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John Becker Sworn In As State Representative Of The 65th House District


State Representative John Becker (R-Union Township – Clermont Co.) yesterday was sworn in as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives for the 130th General Assembly. He represents the 65th Ohio House District, which includes portions of northwest Clermont County.