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O’Toole Bill Aiding Combat Zone Military, Injured Veterans Clears Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic) advocating for military personnel serving in combat zones, including those injured in the line of duty, has cleared the Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.

Sen. O’Toole’s legislation excludes military pay for service in a combat zone from the New Jersey gross income tax. (Flickr)

“We must do everything we can to support the thousands of New Jerseyans serving in war-torn areas across the globe,” Senator O’Toole said, “Carrying the weight of New Jersey’s high taxes is an immense burden on military families, and one that they should certainly not have to bear alone. Offering financial relief is the least we can do to honor their selfless service to this country.”

Sen. O’Toole’s bill excludes military pay for service in a combat zone from the New Jersey gross income tax. Under S-546, military personnel who were hospitalized as a result of injury in a combat zone would also be exempt from the gross income tax.

74 percent of all U.S. veterans have a military-service connected disability rating, including 675,000 veterans who were injured in the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. A number of armed service members stand to benefit from O’Toole’s critically needed bill, as nearly 4,000 current active duty servicemen and women hail from New Jersey.

“New Jersey’s military personnel, as well as their families at home, have already made tremendous sacrifices to protect our nation from harm.” Senator O’Toole added. “These brave heroes, especially those injured in a combat zone, should not have to struggle to make ends meet. Providing this much-needed exemption will help them live and thrive in the state they call home.”

S-546 is among many New Jersey Senate Republicans bills to fight for equal opportunities for the disabled, and protections and care for those who safeguard our nation from harm.

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