LETTER: Amendment 2 will help deserving veterans

Monday, October 11, 2010 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

We respectfully urge voters to vote "yes" on Amendment 2 on Nov. 2. This bill exempts taxes for the homestead of 100 percent totally disabled former prisoners of war (including Iraq and Afghanistan). It applies only to those POW's suffering 100 percent total disability — and only if the disability came from military service-connected injuries. The few who are eligible are remaining World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War survivors. The exemption is only for their homestead taxes in Missouri. The cost to the tax base in each county is minimal.

While all military veterans are heroes and deserve special attention and gratitude, those in this subset of heroes suffered greatly in captivity and have continued to suffer with their war-connected injuries all of their lives. This small group of survivors of inhuman torture and hardship is a particularly admirable and deserving group that deserves a special salute this amendment provides.

It is noteworthy that the bill authorizing this amendment to go on the ballot, HJR 15, was passed unanimously by both the Missouri Senate and House of Representatives with NO dissenting votes. We hope you will join us in voting "yes" on Amendment 2 on Nov. 2.

Scott and Cheryl Orr live in Columbia.

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