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This is in response to Lemon Moses’ letter, “A benefit for veterans” [Maryland Independent, Jan. 11]. First and most important, thank you to you and your family for serving to protect our beloved nation.

The property tax exemption in Charles County has a string attached. The disability must be due to an injury or disease caused by military service.

My husband died in December 2006 from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. In April 2006, the Veterans Administration determined his cancer was caused by exposure to Agent Orange while serving in one of his two tours in Vietnam. It took several attempts before I was granted a property tax exemption.

I, too, would dearly love to see all veterans receive property tax exemptions after age 70.

John served 20 years with the U.S. Air Force. Our son served in the U.S. Navy and, for a short while, I wore a Navy uniform as a reservist.

Mr. Moses is right. We don’t do enough for our veterans. My soapbox is that once the funeral is over, we forget the widows and the children. I would love to see more being done for them.

Many, many thanks to those who have served and especially to those who are now serving. May God bless you.

I would very much like to have my letter printed so that maybe someone will take heart and start a support group to help the widows and children.



Sharon D. Rood, Waldorf