Why am I not eligible for my State's Tax Exemption when I was given an Under Honorable Discharge?

Posted on: Wednesday, June 06, 2018
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Why am I not eligible for my State's Tax Exemption when I was given an Under Honorable Discharge?

Question

Hello Jim, I am a 100% Service Connected Veteran since 1972. I was Discharged from the VA Hospital in 1972 and given a Under Honorable Discharge. The State Of Illinois says that I am not eligible for Tax Exemption and that I should not be entitled to any benefits through this state. What to do sir?

 

Jim's Reply

Many benefits require us to have a fully honorable discharge. The VA has its own regs and each state sets their own rules and regulations.

All too often a "medical" discharge is less than honorable and you may have some benefits but not others. Your best bet is to find an attorney who specializes in helping you upgrade the discharge to fully honorable. Depending on the circumstances of your discharge that may be simpler than it sounds at first. Many of the reasons for less than honorable discharges years ago are viewed differently today. An experienced attorney will guide you through that maze.

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