Bob Asztalos: ‘Yes’ vote on Amendment 6 will honor those who served our country

Florida is home to 1.5 million veterans, making it the most veteran-friendly state in the nation.

We offer veterans access to important programs and seek out avenues to deliver Florida veterans the earned benefits to which they’re entitled. Included in those benefits are very generous property tax breaks for veterans over the age of 65 who have combat-related disabilities.

For those veterans whose combat disabilities resulted from defending our nation, they receive a discount on their property taxes based on their disability.

However, once that veteran passes away, the property tax discount disappears, leaving the surviving spouse (who is often a senior citizen) to cover the full tax bill.

This can cause significant financial challenges for a single widow or widower who is likely already surviving on a fixed income.

Amendment 6 allows for the property tax benefit to transfer to a veteran’s surviving spouse so long as the spouse does not remarry or dispose of the property. These military spouses stood loyally beside these heroes in their time of need, and now Florida should do the same.

Amendment 6 will help the widows and widowers of our state’s veterans keep the homes they built

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