I urge Herald readers to support S. 2712, the "Combat-Injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act of 2016," introduced by Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., and co-sponsored by Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va.

Service members who have been separated from the Armed Forces due to combat-related injuries sustained while serving are to receive a tax-exempt, one-time lump sum disability severance payment. But the Department of Defense has been taxing this payment and must be held accountable to stop this action and identify and notify those who have been affected, letting the veterans reclaim that which was improperly withheld.

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The Air Force Sergeants Association represents all current and former Air Force members. As a member of AFSA, I see this as a priority for this Congress to take action on.

Herald readers, please do all you can to help pass this legislation. Those who serve this nation and are impacted by that arduous service, deserve no less.

Michael Angelo Coon

Petersburg, N.D.