To The Daily Sun,
I would like to weigh in on the issue of veterans tax credits that has been addressed by George Horne and Charlie Flanagan of Meredith.
RSA72:28 was rewritten and became law about twelve years ago after many veterans circulated a petition throughout New Hampshire raising the tax credit limit to $500 on their personal residence or business. This had to be approved by the individual towns as it impacted their annual budgets. Those responsible for actually writing the RSA could not have been veterans or they would not have excluded their brothers/sisters in arms.
The RSA clearly follows guidelines set by Congress as the war or conflict beginning and ending dates.
Every man or woman who served this country got the same training and weapons as did those who served during the "war dates." They were as prepared as any others were for the inevitable protection of America against all enemies. A well armed and trained military is the best deterrent to armed aggression. Why should they be treated differently? They are referred to as "tweeners" because they served between declared conflict and cannot, in some cases, even join veterans service organizations. Wasn't their service to this country appreciated?
Our state legislators can correct this injustice by, once again, rewriting RSA 72:28 to include these veterans. While they are at it, they should change the 90-day requirement for eligibility because once you step foot into enemy territory, you are a target. Perhaps completing boot camp should be the standard, and of course being honorably discharged or general, under honorable conditions. A veteran is a veteran. Change the law.
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