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Louisiana Military Family Assistance Fund (MFA)
The MFA was created exclusively to assist any Louisiana resident who is a member of a Reserve Component of the U.S. Armed Forces or the National Guard and who has served a minimum of 30 consecutive days of active duty since September 11, 2001. Immediate family members of eligible Soldiers may apply on behalf of their Soldier. The funds will pay needs-based claims of family members for the cost of such necessities as food, housing and medical services that become difficult to afford when the primary wage-earner has temporarily left their civilian employment to be placed on Active Military Duty.
Louisiana Blue Star Mothers
The Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. are mothers who now have, or have had, children honorably serving in the military. They sponsor youth programs for Louisiana Service Member's children. www.bluestarmoms.net
Military Spouse Residency Relief Act
On November 11, 2009, the President signed into law the Military Spouse Residency Relief Act. This Act, among other things, provides that when a service member leaves his or her home state in accord with military or naval orders, the service member's spouse may retain residency in his or her home state for voting and tax purposes, after relocating from that state to accompany the service member. In the State of Louisiana an exemption from Louisiana withholding tax may be claimed if an employees spouse is a member of the U.S. Armed Services and their state of legal residence is not Louisiana. For more information visit www.revenue.louisiana.gov.