HARRISBURG – The Senate this week unanimously passed legislation introduced by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) that would exempt 100% of disabled veterans’ benefit payment from income calculations for any commonwealth program or benefit.
“Our disabled veterans have sacrificed so much for our nation and this measure will allow more of those heroes to enjoy state benefits,” Mastriano said.
Senate Bill 126 would ensure veterans who receive disability compensation would not have those payments counted against them when applying to programs such as the Real Estate Property Tax Exemption, Education Gratuity Program, Veterans Temporary Assistance Program and Military Relief Assistance Program.
The legislation also would extend the exclusion of the veterans’ compensation benefits to his or her unmarried surviving spouse.
Senate Bill 126 now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.
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