Constitutional amendment; property tax exemption for certain veterans (first reference). (HJ18)

Introduced By

Del. Scott Lingamfelter (R-Woodbridge) with support from co-patrons Del. Jeff Frederick (R-Woodbridge), Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale), and Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate


Constitutional amendment (first resolution); property tax exemption for certain veterans. Directs the General Assembly to exempt from taxation real property that is the principal residence of a veteran (or widow or widower of a veteran) if the veteran has been determined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs or its successor agency pursuant to federal law to have a 100 percent combat-related, permanent, and total disability. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/05/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 087601600
12/05/2007Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/18/2008Continued to 2009 in Privileges and Elections


Rob Maz writes:

"100 percent combat-related, permanent, and total disability" Wow thats great, you are going to help maybe 20 people. Pat yourself on the back for this one. Grow a pair and make it good for anyone in the military who has greater than 60% rating and at least do some good.

Alison Hymes writes:

And make it retroactive considering how long the feds take to make a determination that a veteran is disabled at any percentage.

Rick Hazelgreen writes:

While by no stretch of anyone's imagination is this the best legislation it is a begining. Perhaps we need to stop complaining of a lack of progress by the Legislators and start organizing ourselves. Del. Moran has put out a pkg as a Veterans Bill of Rights. If you are not pleased w/the legislation organize and do better and push the VA Dept of Vet Services that do nothing

Doug Cantrell writes:

Isn't this the least we can do for our Military Combat Vets that reside in the great state of Virginia? If you've never been in a Combat environment then how can you say that someone injured in Combat does not deserve every benefit we can give them? We are talking about folks who are wounded while fighting for our very right to vote! I also agree with Mr. Rob Maz post maybe consider disabled Vets (at some percentile).

John Hodgson writes:

Why limit it to just combat related disabilities. There are other disabilities our servicemen and women receive and have to go through the same processes as those with combat related. I guess the first question is why is this considered? Is it to show some sort of appreciation for our combat vets? If so then maybe there should be some type of relief for all combat veterans. If it is for a soldier, Marine, sailor or airman whose as a disability, then it should be provided at a lower percent, much like Mr.Maz suggested. I see many times our government trying to do good for the purpose of votes and miss the mark altogether. Not only should Virginia make concessions for the disabled, but they should also consider not taxing retired pay, e.g. military retirement. In the end I am in full agreement with Mr. Cantrell and Maz, we need to take care of our Military Combat Vets.