No Widow Left Behind Program

Mission & Goal

To advocate the creation of laws at the federal and state levels to benefit the widows or widowers of veterans.

Currently in Virginia, several rights and benefits are provided to veterans after they retire from the military, but when these veterans die, very few of these benefits are passed on to their surviving spouses.

My main mission and goal, then, is to advocate the creation of laws that directly benefit the surviving spouses of veterans so that other survivors do not have to experience the legal problems that I experienced. For example, no real estate tax exemption is currently provided in Virginia for surviving spouses, as is the case in many other states.

Concrete laws are needed to address this situation and to address rights that are accorded to veterans but are not passed on to their surviving spouses. We would also like to see a government-sponsored support group for surviving spouses in Virginia.