Bill seeks property tax relief for severely disabled Texas veterans


By John Austin

Kim Woodard Holmes, a severely disabled Air Force veteran, is tapped out. She struggles to survive as a single mother of four, and stands to lose her home in Arlington to rising property taxes she cannot afford.

“I’m going through my savings,” said Homes, who retired from the Air Force in 2005 as a lieutenant colonel following a head-on car wreck while reporting for duty. “It’s at a point I have to sell because I can’t find a job.”

At age 55, Homes, who uses a walker and a wheelchair, is one of 58,000 Texas veterans who the government classifies as severely disabled, meaning they are 80 percent or more physically handicapped. Many say they are finding it increasingly hard to stay in their homes for lack of employment opportunities and insufficient personal finances.

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