November 12, 2008
“Outstanding Legislator” for service to Veterans
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
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
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
finally provide tax exemptions for disabled Veterans.
Sadly, over the years, counties in
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.