Sacramento, CA, March 29, 2012, 8:00am – California Veterans Home advocates are asking taxpayers to consider donating to the California Veterans Home Fund when filing their 2011 California Income Tax Returns before April 17, 2012.  A simple check mark on your state income tax form this year can help veterans living in one of the California Veterans Homes live a more fulfilling life by providing recreational materials such as movies and books as well as social events like trips to ballgames concerts.  The total received by the State is divided and distributed among each of the six Veterans Homes of California located throughout the state.  Construction is now underway to build two additional Veterans Homes in Fresno and Redding.  The California Veterans Home Fund was established in 2010 allowing taxpayers to donate directly to this fund from their State Income Tax refunds.  To date, nearly 19,000 California taxpayers have donated approximately $210,000.  According to retired Major General Peter Gravett, Secretary of the California Department of Veterans Affairs, this program is an easy way to give back to those who have given so much to our country.  The Fund is Code #417 on Line #110 of the California Form 540 for the 2011 tax year.

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