Tom in the News

For immediate release:  November 12, 2008

Campbell named “Outstanding Legislator” for service to Veterans

(Olympia) Rep. Tom Campbell (R-2nd District) has been named “Outstanding Legislator” by the Governor’s Veteran Affairs Advisory Committee and the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs.”

To honor him for his years of effort on behalf of Veterans, Campbell, along with his wife, Lynn, and mother Edna Campbell, were honored as special guests in the Veterans Day Parade in Auburn on Saturday, Nov. 8. The Campbell family were featured in the parade and honored in the luncheon that followed. The Remembrance Ceremony was conducted at Veterans Memorial Park in Auburn.

Campbell, whose 2nd District includes parts of Fort Lewis and is adjacent to McChord Air Force Base, has been a ‘champion’ for veteran issues throughout his 14years in the House. Campbell, a Veteran of the U.S. Army, proudly served in the Special Forces and was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain.

Among many issues important to Veterans, Campbell  was instrumental over the years in legislation that finally provide tax exemptions for disabled Veterans. Sadly, over the years, counties in Washington considered federal disability payments for Veterans who were injured in military service to be ‘income.’ The federal government does not. So when a disabled vet received his/her disability check, the state’s county auditors would add that to their ‘income,’ often pushing their earnings over the $35,000 lid, thus disqualifying disabled veterans for property tax relief.

Rep. Tom Campbell receives award as Outstanding Legislator from the Governor’s Veteran Affairs Advisory Committee and the Washington State Dept. of Veterans Affairs. Pictured (Left to right: Auburn Mayor Pete Lewis, Rep. Tom Campbell and Alfie Alvarado, Deputy Director of the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs.


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