Widow of fallen Marine praises passing of Prop 1

Widow of fallen Marine praises passing of Prop 1

Credit: Courtesy of the Saenz family.

Widow of fallen Marine praises passing of Prop 1

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by Karen Grace / KENS 5

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Posted on November 6, 2013 at 9:11 PM

Three years after losing her husband in Afghanistan, one single mother couldn't afford to buy a home, even though her husband paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Now there is hope she can afford a home after voters said yes to exempting her from paying property taxes.

On Tuesday the majority of Texas voters, more than 80 percent, approved Proposition One.

According to Senator Leticia Van de Putte, this amendment will help at least 27 local men and women who lost their spouses after 9/11.

KENS 5 talked to a widow who is grateful for this affirmation.

To help repay for their sacrifices, widows like Christy Saenz are getting a tax break. Tuesday voters approved an amendment to exempt her and other spouses of fallen soldiers from paying property taxes.

"For those remaining spouses who have to put their lives together again we can never repay," said Senator Van de Putte. "But we can ease the burden of their property taxes."

Jose Luis Saenz III sacrificed his life by walking ahead of his team in Afghanistan.

"He had stepped on an IED," Saenz said. She painfully recalls that day- August 9, 2010.

"No news is good news," she said. "Then I got the news," she said as she wept. "Two marines showed up at the door. We've had to stay on a budget ever since my husband passed away."

The amendment takes effect in 2014.

"I would like to start looking for my own home and this is going make it so much easier," she said.

 

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