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Helping Military Widows

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Proposition 1 on the November 5th Constitutional Amendment Election entitles the widow of a soldier killed in the line of duty to receive full or partial property tax exemption on their home.

"It's a stress on the kids. It's a stress on the family life when losing a family. I just can't imagine going through that. It'd be very difficult" said Air Force Veteran Mike McKito.

For the family that's left behind, their lives can be turned upside down.

"Not only have they lost a loved one, they've lost all this income that was coming in as financial support. Then, to be saddled with additional taxes on top of that, it's like a triple whammy," said Colm Murphy, Wichita County Veterans Service Officer.

Proposition 1 has created some concern from other parts of the state. The worry is that local governments could lose revenue, especially in areas with large numbers of military families and increase taxes for other taxpayers. But in Texoma, many are in support of it.

"They deserve it. What they've done for everybody else, I think they should have it. I really do," said Wichita Falls resident Neta Wade.

"Personally, I'd be in favor of it. You know anything that we can really do to help," said Troy Poage, a Vietnam War Veteran.

Many feel that agreeing with this proposition is one way to thank the families who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the nation.

"This is one of the key things that Texas does for the spouses, and I hope that the citizens of Texas will go ahead and support this Proposition 1," said Murphy.

If passed, this proposition will only apply if the spouse does not remarry. When moving to a higher valued home, the spouse would be allowed to take the exemption along, but the amount will be limited to the dollar amount of the original homestead.

Cynthia Kobayashi, Newschannel Six.