|The Virginia State AFA is one of twenty-six veteran service organizations that receive appointments from the Governor to the Joint Leadership Council (JLC) of Veteran Service Organizations. The JLC serves as the voice for Virginia’s veterans and identifies issues of concern to veterans, their spouses, orphans and dependents and serves in an advisory capacity to the Governor, General Assembly and the Virginia Department of Veterans Services. Each legislative session, the JLC presents a list of key initiatives for consideration and approval as budget or statutory changes. These initiatives are considered the top issues for Virginia’s veterans and helps answer the question "what is the AFA doing for ME!”
The following issues were recently approved by the JLC for the 2018 legislative session. You can get involved by directly supporting these initiatives with your state delegate or senator. A more detailed discussion and position paper on each item will be posted in the future on the Virginia State AFA web page at www.VA-AFA.org.
Veterans Corner is submitted by Bart Barton, State VP for Veteran Affairs and the State AFA Representative to the Joint Leadership Council (JLC) of Veteran Service Organizations. For questions about the JLC or to make input, contact Bart Barton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- JLC 2018-01: Continue the process to amend Virginia’s Constitution to provide parity for surviving spouses of 100% disabled veterans and those Killed in Action.
- JLC 2018-02: Enact legislation and provide budget support of a pilot program for the electronic return of absentee ballots by Virginia’s deployed military service members.
- JLC 2018-03: Enact legislation and provide budget support to establish a Veteran Entrepreneur Capital Resources Program.
- JLC 2018-04: Approve an individual income tax subtraction for 100% service-connected disabled veterans, with a federally adjusted gross income not exceeding 250% of the federal poverty level for a four-person household, who have not already claimed another exemption.
- JLC 2018-05: Enact legislation to allow a permanent service-connected disability rating of at least 90%, plus satisfaction of the other requirements currently in the Code, qualify a veteran’s spouse or child for VMSDEP benefits.
- JLC 2018-06: Provide budget support to increase the state income tax subtraction level for members of the Virginia National Guard from $3,000 to $5,000 per year.
- JLC 2018-07: Modify eligibility for in-state tuition to include all members of the Virginia National Guard and the Reserve components regardless of state of residence.
- JLC 2018-08: Enact legislation to modify current Virginia tax laws to create a phased approach that eliminates the state tax on military retiree pay.
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