Edie Smith talks to me about what repealing the Widows Tax will mean for her and hundreds of other military widows.
With just three words, military widow Edie Smith summed up the last two decades of countless trips to the Capitol, where she represented thousands of military widows from across the country in meetings to repeal a bill that withheld survivor benefits.
“We did it,” Smith said, as a room full of military widows, veteran service organizations and members of Congress roared in applause. “I’ve waited a long time to say that.”
Read my story here: https://www.moaa.org/content/publications-and-media/news-articles/2020-news-articles/hundreds-gather-in-d.c.-to-celebrate-widows-tax-repeal/
A long-shot attempt to repeal the widows tax may have failed in the Senate on Thursday, but there is still reason to hope – the House could include an amendment in the National Defense Authorization Act that would repeal this unfair policy that short-changes more than 65,000 military widows across our country.
The Military Officers Association of America needs your help in this fight. Please click here and write your members of Congress, telling them to approve an amendment and repeal the so-called widows tax.
“As a nation we have broken a contract with these widows,” MOAA President and CEO Lt. Gen. Dana T. Atkins, USAF (Ret), said. “And while more than 350 members of the House of Representatives have said it’s time to put an end to this offset, a political stalemate over funding could derail our best efforts again. Congress, on multiple occasions, has found the resources in the past to address these types of problems – let’s find a solution that once and for all ends this terrible wrong.”
Read the story here: https://www.moaa.org/content/publications-and-media/news-articles/2019-news-articles/advocacy/fight-for-widows-tax-repeal-turns-to-the-house/