Our Active Duty, Reserve, Veterans, Retirees and Military Family Members have sacrificed more then we will ever be able to repay.
They deserve a Representative that truly understands the obstacles they face and issues that impact their daily lives.
As a Retired Marine, Veteran of the War in Afghanistan and member of a Military Family who along with my wife raised three children within the Military Community, I will bring the first hand knowledge and experience that is needed to the General Assembly.
Below are just some of the issues impacting our Military Families that I am committed to pursuing as your next Representative.
ELIMINATING STATE INCOME TAX ON MILITARY RETIREMENT BENEFITS.
This is more then the right thing to do. If we are going to be the most military friendly state then lets not only show respect for, but also attract more military retirees. Military retirees often consider state taxation and similar economic factors when determining where to ultimately settle, purchase a home, and spend their retirement income.
PROPERTY TAX DISABILITY MATCH.
Disabled Veterans are often times limited on the income they can earn, especially in blue collar work, because of their service connected disabilities. Lets make owning a home in North Carolina easier for these men and women. We can achieve this by reducing their Property Tax Bill equal to the percentage of their approved VA Disability percentage rating.
EXPAND STATE EMPLOYMENT HIRING PREFERENCE TO INCLUDE MILITARY SPOUSES.
One thing that makes transitioning to Civilian Life easier on Military Families is when the Military Spouse is able to achieve quality employment with access to benefits prior to the Active Duty Member separating. The location of the spouses employment and career opportunities is a major factor in deciding where to call home after service. This simple addition to existing state law creates a meaningful opportunity.
REDUCE EDUCATIONAL COSTS FOR DISABLED VETERANS AND FAMILIES.
Many separating Veterans look to the N.C. University System to obtain advanced degrees in order to pursue careers right here in North Carolina. By the time a Veteran separates from active duty they have numerous other life expenses that are not typical of a young person leaving High School and entering a University. We can make North Carolina attractive to our Veterans when we reduce the In-State tuition Cost for them and their immediate family members by the amount equal to their VA Disability Rating.
SUPPORT THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS THAT SUPPORT OR MILITARY FAMILIES
This is a broad statement, but as a Military Family I know the two are connected. A Super-Majority of Military Families raise their children within the Public School System (I Did). They deal with the issues facing the child of a deployed parent, the child who is entering a new school sometimes for the 10th time. The quality of our Public Schools is a major factor in the decision of where a Veteran will call home after Active Service. In all the Military Moves my family had to make over my career, the Teachers and Staff of the Public Schools were always a major part of the support network. They will have my support.
I acknowledge that these are just some of the issues for our Military Families. Rest assured, I am committed to being a STRONG and UNRELENTING voice for all Active Duty, Reserve, Veterans, Retirees, and Military Family Members.