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      Thousands of disabled veterans now eligible for new tax exemptions

      This fall, for the first time ever Michigan made it possible for 100% permanently disabled veterans to be exempt from homestead property taxes.

      "This new legislation it qualifies a lot of vets that weren't qualified before," Jim Alton, Emmet County

      Veterans Affairs Director said.

      For years, the homestead tax exemption only applied to permanently disabled vets with home modifications.

      Now nearly 8,000 vets statewide are eligible.

      To apply, you must be deemed 100% and permanently disabled by the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs, you must have been honorably discharged, and have obtained your disability during military service.

      "There is such a short window to get this information out and try to help the vets get through this," Alton said.

      Veterans that qualify only have until December 10th to apply through their township assessor.

      When they apply they need, a notarized affidavit, a copy of their honorable discharge forms, records from the Veterans Affairs Department saying you are eligible, and a copy of your summer 2013 property taxes.

      "It is important that they contact their assessor ASAP and get it going," Alton said.

      The spouses of any deceased 100% disabled veterans can also apply for this process, as long as they have not been remarried.