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Senator Schumer Encourages Veterans To Use Benefits

If you, or someone you know has served in the armed forces, you may be eligible for property tax benefits. Nearly 6,000 veterans live in Herkimer County and many aren't using tax benefits that are made just for them. That's according to U.S. Senator Charles Schumer. "I spent 18 straight months away from this valley, away from my home, we deserve what we get," says Leslie Crossett, Middleville VFW commander. Leslie served over 40 years and he says his veteran benefits are a means of survival.
If you, or someone you know has served in the armed forces, you may be eligible for property tax benefits. Nearly 6,000 veterans live in Herkimer County and many aren't using tax benefits that are made just for them. That's according to U.S. Senator Charles Schumer. Senator Schumer came to Frankfort today to make sure veterans are informed about the benefits they are entitled too. The Senator says these benefits can be worth hundreds, sometimes even thousands of dollars each year. But many veterans aren't taking advantage of them, simply because they don't know about them.

"I spent 18 straight months away from this valley, away from my home, we deserve what we get," says Leslie Crossett, Middleville VFW commander.

Leslie served over 40 years and he says his veteran benefits are a means of survival.

"I'm up to 25% now which is my max," says Leslie.

Leslie says as the times change, these benefits mean a lot more

"It cost more everyday with fuel cost, with your groceries, insurance, home, vehicles," says Leslie.

But Senator Charles Schumer says thousands of veterans, just like Leslie, aren't taking advantage of these benefits.

"They return home from the battlefield and they don't know of a benefit that New York has generously passed," says Senator Schumer.

That's why the Senator is encouraging every veteran to talk with their Veterans Affair office to find out their eligibility.

Cold War Veterans are eligible for a 10% to 15% reduction in assessed value of their home, while Veterans who served in a time of War can receive a 15% reduction in assessed value. Additionally, veterans who served in combat zones are eligible for a 10% reduction and veterans with a service-connected disability can receive an additional reduction equal to one-half of their service-connected disability.

Leslie says for all veterans; men or women, young or old, these benefits can help.

"Encourage them to go down and visit the tax assessors office and ensure that our veterans get what they deserve," says Leslie.

To any veterans out there who are not receiving benefits, the deadline to apply for benefits is March 1st. Veterans should go to their county office building and talk with their tax assessor.

Herkimer County:
http://herkimercounty.org/content/Departments/View/6

Oneida County:
http://www.ocgov.net/veterans
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