By REP. JAMES LOCKHART
This Veterans Day is a very special one for me. I have received many calls from all over the state thanking me for supporting Senate Bill 46. Senate Bill 46 extends a sales tax exemption to surviving spouses of disabled veterans that have not remarried.
I am truly grateful for the sacrifices so many families have made. I feel indebted to these spouses, because they have spent many long months praying for a loved one to be safely returned home.
In last week’s press release, I mentioned how my grandmother received word that my grandfather was missing-in-action during World War II. Not long ago we found the telegram from Western Union about my grandfather missing-in-action. My grandmother covered her mouth and whispered, “There’s that letter from the War Department.” Nearly 50 years had passed since she had first received it, but it brought back a flood of emotions.
My grandfather served in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. He received two Bronze Stars, Asiatic-Pacific Medal, Victory Ribbon, American Campaign Medal and Overseas Service Bars.
Near the end of his life my grandfather was diagnosed with cancer, the doctor told my grandfather that the odds were in his favor and they could probably treat the disease. My grandfather replied, “Each day I have lived since the war has been a blessing, because I don’t know how I survived.”
I will never forget the sacrifices my grandparents, along with the thousands of other families have made for our country.
Thank you Veterans,