Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: October 29, 2012
Sen. Don Barrington
Widows of disabled vets to get sales tax exemption beginning
Widows of 100% disabled veterans will soon be getting
a financial boost thanks to a law that goes into effect November
1st. Senate Bill 46, by Sen. Don
Barrington, will provide surviving spouses who have not remarried
with a sales tax exemption of up to $1,000 per year.
“This is a measure I’ve been advocating for the past
several years. Disabled veterans’ benefits are cut in half
after their death putting a financial burden on their spouses,”
said Barrington, R-Lawton. “More than 2,500 widows will finally
be getting the financial relief they deserve. Just like the veterans,
these spouses made great sacrifices as well taking care of their
families and maintaining a household by themselves while their loved
one was away. This small financial incentive is a way for us to
both honor the memory of those great heroes and look out for their
Barrington explained that veterans who are 100 percent disabled
receive $2,500 a month in benefits. Their widows, however, receive
only $1,100 a month.
“These widows not only have to deal with the loss of their
loved ones, but also the loss of nearly $17,000 in annual benefits.
This exemption won’t make up that difference, but it’ll
give them some financial relief and help with groceries and other
necessities,” said Barrington.
The Oklahoma Veterans Council, which is made up of 28 member organizations,
has been requesting the bill for several years.
“We’re really proud and grateful for Senator Barrington’s
dedication and persistence in advocating for this legislation. The
amount of time and effort he spent on this bill as well as the bipartisan
support he was able to garner for it shows what a great public servant
he is and friend to Oklahoma’s veterans,” said Pete
Peterson, Oklahoma Veterans Council Chairman. “He has a long
history of supporting veterans and vet issues and has dedicated
a great amount of time, effort and resources into the advancement
of veterans’ issues. We know that without his efforts on this
cause, we very well may not have gotten this legislation signed
The bill was also supported by the Paralyzed Veterans of America.
“We’re extremely pleased that this law has finally become
a reality. It’s going to make a tremendous difference for
thousands of paralyzed veterans’ widows,” said Scott
Ellis, Government Relations Director, MidAmerica Chapter of Paralyzed
Veterans of America. “We want to thank Senator Barrington
for carrying this legislation and for his diligence in getting it
through the process.”
For more information contact:
Sen. Barrington: (405) 521-5563