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​Rep. Ron Kind Introduces Bipartisan Bill that Supports Veterans’ Service Organizations

March 15, 2019
Press Release

Rep. Ron Kind Introduces Bipartisan Bill that Supports Veterans’ Service Organizations

La Crosse – Today, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind introduced the Charitable Equity for Veterans Act, which will expand tax-deductible donation eligibility to all veterans’ service organizations, regardless of the proportion of war-time Veterans the organization serves. The bill was introduced with Brad Wenstrup (R-OH).

“Our Veterans’ service organizations are an important resource for many Wisconsin Veterans, but outdated government red tape is needlessly limiting resources to many Veterans’ service organizations across our state. I am proud to support this bipartisan bill, which will amend the tax code and allow for all major veterans’ service organizations – regardless of when and where their members served – to have the resources they need to assist our veterans back here in Wisconsin,” said Rep. Ron Kind.

Currently, the Internal Revenue Code is written to only allow tax-deductible donations to 501(c)(19) veterans’ service organizations that maintain a membership of at least 90 percent wartime veterans. This bill would lift the wartime service requirement for congressionally-chartered veterans’ service organizations to accept tax-deductible donations, leading to better representation for the 2.4 million veterans who honorably served outside of wartime.

The AMVETS Department of Wisconsin released the following statement of support:

“This important bill will give relief to our Nation’s most storied and historic veteran organizations, and will ensure all of our organizations serving veterans from wartimes and peacetimes are treated equally. AMVETS will continue to fight for all veterans, and are thankful for Congressman Kind for his leadership on this issue,” said Dale Peterson, AMVETS Commander, Department of Wisconsin.