Military veterans and their families are getting some much needed help from Texas counties.
A full homestead property tax exemption that began in 2009 to help totally disabled veterans, will extend to their surviving spouses after January 1.
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs says the extension "will help families who have been a part of the tremendous sacrifice that veterans have given to our country."
Combs says "Texas voters overwhelmingly passed a constitutional amendment that will allow surviving spouses of totally disabled veterans to continue to claim a full homestead exemption and not pay property taxes on their home."
In 2009, veterans began receiving an exemption for the total appraised value of their residential homesteads if they have received 100 percent disability rating or are considered unemployable by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Surviving spouses would have to apply for the tax exemption through their county appraisal district.