The heroes of the VFW - Honor their service by being of service!

As Veteran's Day approaches we're reminded of the sacrifices of our heroes, past and present. It is a time for honoring the many veterans that have served and protected our country and its values by reflecting, giving back, and serving others.

Assessor "Mert" Smiley stopped by the Gonzales VFW to offer assistance to Ascension Parish's local heroes. Making sure that disabled veterans and seniors are aware of the exemptions available to them and the spouses of our fallen soldiers is a year-round promotion at the Assessor's Office.

The Assessor presented a short PowerPoint presentation and answered any questions the veterans had about the Assessor's Office and the different exemptions they may be eligible for. Veterans with a 50% disability rating qualify for the "Freeze" by which the assessed value of their home would not increase during reassessments.

Veterans with a 100% service connected disability ratings are eligible for the Permanent Homestead Exemption which doubles their Homestead Exemption value from $75,000 to $150,000.

In closing he thanked the Veterans for their service and donated $500 dollars to the VFW towards the building maintenance of their new facility.

"It's always an honor and a pleasure to be with our heroes of the VFW. I want to thank Commander Gautreau and Chief Schmidt for the invitation to speak to their members."

The "Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" that we enjoy as Americans came at a cost. Please remember to salute our veterans, thank them for their service, and pay it forward.

Contributed by the Ascension Parish Assessor's Office