Fort Hood widow fears losing house due to taxes

Oklahoman Published: March 25, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The widow of a soldier killed in the Fort Hood shooting could get relief from a $6,000 tax bill under a measure that would grant some families benefits similar to those given after acts of terrorism.

Jennifer Hunt, 30, had been married just short of three months when her husband, Jason, was killed in the rampage at Fort Hood on Nov. 5, 2009.

Hunt said she was misinformed at the time of her husband’s death and believed that she qualified for a property tax exemption, but this year received a $6,000 bill for back taxes.

The new measure would extend the exemption to the surviving spouse of a person killed during an act of violence occurring within a federal military installation which could be classified as “terrorism” or “combat related.”