THIS TEMPLATE IS AN EXAMPLE!! USE IT TO HELP BUILD YOUR OWN PRESS RELEASES (replace or delete everything in GREEN with chapter-unique info before sending to local military and civilian newspapers as well as news stations.Be sure to delete this header too)
News Release –for local release For Immediate ReleaseChapterPoint of Contact (POC) Name Rank DateContact’s Title relative to chapter (such as President or PAO) Contact Phone Number and Email VOTE YES ON VIRGINIA CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO HELP VETERANS WITH 100% SERVICE-CONNECTED DISABILITY, URGES LOCAL MILITARY ASSOCIATION
The name of chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) urges a yes vote on Nov 2nd for a constitutional amendment which will give real estate tax relief to 100% service-connected disabled veterans and their surviving spouses in Virginia.The change to Virginia’s constitution is required to create a special class of exemption.Note the exemption is for owner-occupied property that is the sole dwelling of the veteran, and only for veterans with 100% service-connected disabilities.Surviving spouses of exempted veterans may claim the exemption as long as they do not remarry and continue to occupy the home as a principal residence.If passed, the exemption will take effect Jan 1, 2011.
The name of chapter (MOAA) has long advocated for this measure, along with MOAA’s Virginia Council of Chapters (VCOC), an active member of the Joint Leadership Council of Veterans Services Organizations (JLC).To get this important measure on the ballot for Virginia voters required the measure to pass the General Assembly by two separate votes, two separate General Assemblies.It passed unanimously in both the 2009 and 2010 sessions.Colonel Don Kaiserman, USA, Ret, VCOC Legislative Chair, and Vice Chair of the JLC, noted “the amendment has long been a key legislative issue of the JLC, which consists of 23 Veterans Services Organizations in the Commonwealth.Once passed by referendum vote on Nov 2nd, this legislative issue will become a state law.”
Said, name/title of a chapter leader (such as president or Legislative Chair), INSERT A QUOTE, such as “This amendment serves to help those Virginia veterans who sacrificed much with their service and those who need it the most.”Our 100% disabled veterans continue to suffer from disabilities incurred during military service to our Nation and the Commonwealth.
The exemption is not for the rich – it does not cover vacation homes and does not apply if the resident occupies multiple homes.
The Department of Veterans Services indicates there are about 7,400 Virginia-veterans with a 100% service-connected disability rating.Some Virginia localities already give real estate tax exemption to disabled veterans and/or the elderly.This amendment creates a specific state-wide exemption.If you can find a local example of a person to be helped, and have their permission, use it here.
For more info, contact ________ Insert a Chapter POC and Contact phone number, email (or chapter website if addressed there) oryou may go to the JLC portion of Virginia Department of Veterans Services Websitehttp://www.dvs.virginia.gov/board-jlc.shtml see Flyer and FAQs at top right.
PHOTO/CAPTION Include a photo and caption of a chapter state legislative leader/happening (such as storming Richmond last January, announcing get out the vote at a chapter meeting, attending a VCOC meeting, visiting with a state legislator….) and credit the photographer.