The amount of this exemption varies between $400 and total exemption, depending upon the wartime service connected disability. An applicant must provide to the Manchester Assessors certification of a wartime service connected disability from the Veterans Administration or the branch of service from which separated. Eligibility requirements are as follows:
- Veterans with a wartime service connected disability of 10% or more as determined by the V.A.
- Veterans who have been awarded the Purple Heart, Congressional Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross or Air Force Cross.
- Gold star mothers and fathers.
- Spouses and surviving spouses of veterans entitled to exemptions.
- Surviving spouses of World War I veterans so long as they remain unmarried.
- Veterans who suffered in the line of duty the loss or permanent loss of use of one foot or one hand or one eye.
- Veterans who suffered in the line of duty the loss or permanent loss of use of both feet or both hands or both eyes.
- Veterans who suffered total disability in the line of duty.
- Veterans’ spouses (who do not remarry) of soldiers and sailors who dies in combat at the islands of Quemoy and Matsu.
- Veterans who are certified by the VA as paraplegic. Wartime service is defined as service performed by a “Spanish War veteran,” a “World War I or World War II veteran,” a “Korean veteran,” a “Vietnam veteran,” a “Lebanese peace keeping force veteran,” a “Grenada rescue mission veteran,” a “Panamanian intervention force veteran,” a “Persian Gulf veteran,” or a member of the “WAAC.”
In addition, an individual must have been a Massachusetts resident prior to entering the service or have lived in Massachusetts for not less than 5 years prior to filing for exemption.