Joined by representatives of several Vermont veterans groups and the Vermont Office of Veterans Affairs, Gov. Shumlin today reminded taxpayers of a simple way they can help veterans in their communities and statewide. The Vermont State tax return, IN 111, has voluntary check off boxes for taxpayers to donate a dollar to the Vermont Veterans Fund, the Vermont Nongame Wildlife Fund and the Children's Trust Fund.
The Veteran's Fund was established is the newest of the options, created in 2010 to provide financial assistance to organizations supporting veterans. Over the last two years, fund grants have supported homeless veteran transition programs, peer counseling, emergency assistance with rent and utilities, assurance that no veteran in Vermont need die alone, and funeral honors for those who have passed on.
"We encourage all taxpayers to check these boxes on their tax returns. For as little as $6 on a two person tax return you can help those who need help the most," said Richard Reed, Veteran Services Director at the Office of Veterans Affairs at an event at the Dodge House in Rutland. "I am often asked by people what they can do to help veterans in Vermont. Here is an easy, painless and highly effective way to help."
Donations can also be made directly at any time by sending a check made out to the Vermont Veteran's Fund to the Office of Veterans Affairs, 118 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05620-4401. Donations are tax deductible, whether made directly or through the state income tax return. A committee representing the Governor's Veterans Advisory Council, Veteran Service Organizations, VA Medical and Benefits, the National Guard, Vermont Department of Labor and Agency of Human Services review all applications in early summer and make grants.
"This committee really works overtime, volunteering to try to distribute grant money fairly and effectively. In 2012 they made grants to nine organizations totaling $49,000," said Reed. "Unfortunately that meant they had to turn down several other applications for lack of money. They would love to do more, with everyone's help."
For more information on the VT Veteran's Fund, contact Richard Reed by email at Richard.email@example.com or call the office at (802) 828 3379.
In addition, the Tax Department's form offers a check off option for the Nongame Wildlife Fund (which raised almost $86,000 last year) and the Children's Trust Fund (which raised just over $64,000 last year). These donations are deductible on next year's federal tax return as a charitable contribution.
Vermont Children's Trust Fund
Keep Vermont a great place to raise kids. Support community-based
prevention programs for children, including after-school
care, parenting education, teen leadership, literacy programs,
preschool programs, and substance abuse prevention.
Visit www.vtchildrenstrust.org or call (888) 475-5437
Vermont Nongame Wildlife Fund
Preserve Vermont's wildlife heritage that makes our state a
beautiful and special place to live and adds quality to our lives.
Your gift helps protect and restore Vermont's endangered wildlife
including bald eagles, turtles, butterflies, and bats.
Item 29a on your tax form Visit www.vtfishandwildlife.com or call (802) 241-3700
Vermont Veterans Fund
Help Vermont's nearly 60,000 honorably discharged veterans.
The fund provides aid to veterans who are homeless, need long-term
care or transportation. It also helps veterans apply for
benefits and supports recognition programs.
Item 29c on your tax form Visit www.veterans.vermont.gov or call (802) 828-3379