Benefits for Surviving Spouses of Disabled Veterans Moves Forward

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St. Paul, Minn. – Permanent property tax relief would be available for surviving spouses of disabled veterans thanks to legislation being carried by Senator Chuck Wiger (DFL-Maplewood). The bipartisan legislation, SF 529, would provide valuable assistance in letting spouses stay in their home longer, and would be one more way of saying thanks to Minnesota’s veterans.

“We ask so much of our veterans and members of their armed services and have a responsibility to support them in any way we can,” said Senator Wiger. “We must also step up for their families, and this legislation is one way that we can ensure those who have sacrificed for our freedom are given the support they need.”

The legislation gives property tax relief to the surviving spouse of a disabled veteran or service member killed in active service. The bill eliminates the current eight-year limit on the spouse’s use of this benefit, makes it available until the spouse sells, transfers or disposes of the property and expands the availability of the benefit to the surviving spouse of a veteran with a disability rating of 70 percent.

The bill has strong support from Minnesota veterans’ groups. One beneficiary of this bill would be 98-year-old Christeen Stone of Maplewood, the surviving spouse of Victor Stone, who served at the Battle of the Bulge. She is in the 8th and final year of eligibility for the current program and would be able to stay in her home with continued relief. A picture of her testifying from a hearing on the bill in 2017 is attached.