Supporting our military in Pierce County

It should be no surprise to any of you that Pierce County has a lot of military and veterans living and working in our community. In fact, it is one of the top areas of retirement for people getting out of the military. Can you blame them? We have mountains, rivers, an ocean, big cities and small towns, theatres and museums, parks and trails. As a county, we try to be responsive to those that have served our country. If you have served, know someone who is currently serving or is a veteran, please read on and learn about benefits Pierce County offers to those in our military. The Pierce County Auditor’s Office has developed a brochure that highlights benefits that are available to the military through their office.

Below are just a few of the benefits highlighted in the brochure.

Licenses plates for those that qualify such as Disabled American Veterans, active military or veterans can receive service award emblems, specialty plates and Gold Star plates. A “Gold Star” plate is available to the surviving members of the family of those that have died.

For active military getting married, you will be pleased to know that the first two certified copies of your marriage certificate are free!

Those on active duty may qualify for a Washington State sales tax exemption when purchasing a car. Plus you may not have to pay vehicle excise tax when you license your vehicle in Washington State. For details on each of these exemptions, contact the Auditor’s office by calling 253-798-7427 or by clicking here.

One last benefit comes to you from the Assessor-Treasurer’s Office. Disabled veterans or their surviving spouse may qualify for a personal property exemption! For more information click here.

The county also has a Veteran’s Bureau that provides emergency assistance with food, rent and utilities to qualified vets and family members. There is some limited assistance for medical emergency needs and a Veteran’s Reintegration program.

Prior to the start of our council meetings every week, we have a moment of silence to honor those that have served or are serving our country. It is such a small token of appreciation for us to offer in comparison to all that these people have done for us. These programs offer a little more support and I am hoping that it helps. I will continue to advocate for more.