Cold War Veterans Now Eligible for Property Tax Exemption | Rhode Island News

WARWICK, RI (AP) – Rhode Island military veterans who served during the Cold War are now eligible for a property tax exemption even if they did not serve in a declared war or conflict under the legislation signed Wednesday by Governor Daniel McKee.

For legislative purposes, the Cold War is defined as the period from 1947 until the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.

The state veterans’ property tax exemption, which varies by municipality, applied to veterans dating from the Spanish American War.

“Our veterans have served the nation with courage and dignity. We must always be sure to appreciate them and show them a debt of gratitude, for it is their heroism that keeps us free, ”McKee said in a statement. “This goes for all veterans. Our veterans who served in uniform during the Cold War were valiant in protecting our American ideals. “

The legislation was sponsored by State Representative Camille FJ Vella-Wilkinson, D-Warwick, and State Senator James Seveney, D-Bristol.

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The bill corrects an “injustice” to veterans who served in peacetime, especially female veterans, Vella-Wilkinson said.

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