Veterans benefits 2020: Most popular state benefit


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VA Welcome Kit imageU.S. states offer Veterans a wide range of benefits. State representatives provided VA the most popular benefit for Veterans, part of a five-part series. Below is a list of the benefits in alphabetical order by state.

For VA benefits, people can download and print the VA Welcome Kit at https://www.va.gov/welcome-kit. People can provide general feedback and suggestions on ways VA can improve the Welcome Kit via email at vawelcomekit@va.gov.  A YouTube video on the welcome kit is at https://youtu.be/DZvITWcWutE.

Alabama

“Alabama’s beautiful State Veterans Homes are our most popular Veteran benefit because we provide more than just skilled care to our heroes, we provide a home filled with love, honor, and compassion. With amazing support from our communities, we are able to provide activities and outings which keep our residents active and engaged and improve their quality of life. We currently have four State Veterans Homes all with waiting lists and are planning the construction of our fifth State Veterans Home.” – Kim Justice, executive director, State Veterans Homes.

Veterans can learn more about the program at https://va.alabama.gov/vets-home-program/.

Alaska

“The most popular state benefit is the Alaska Property Tax Exemption. This exemption provides a tax break on the first $150,000 of assessed value of the home for Veterans with a 50% or greater disability rating either by the military or the VA.” – Verdie Bowen Sr., director, Office of Veterans Affairs

Veterans can learn more about this program at (URL)  http://veterans.alaska.gov/RealEstate

Arizona

“One of Arizona’s most popular state benefits are special license plates that recognize and honor military Veterans. Most popular are the Veteran, Women Veteran, and Freedom Special Plates. Each plate requires a $25.00 initial application fee and $25.00 renewal fee. Of the $25.00 fee, $17.00 is deposited into the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services Veteran Donation Fund. Pursuant to Arizona Revised Statutes § 41-608, the Veteran Donation Fund is used to provide grants to nonprofit organizations for the benefit of Veterans in Arizona.” – Wanda Wright, director

Veterans can learn more about Special License Plates at https://azdot.gov/motor-vehicles/vehicle-services/plates-and-placards/plate-selections-gallery and the Veteran Donation Fund at https://dvs.az.gov/donation-fund.

Arkansas

“One of Arkansas’ newest benefits for Veterans is the state tax exemption on military retirement pay.” – Gina Chandler, assistant director, Veterans Services

More information about that benefit is at http://www.veterans.arkansas.gov/benefits/state-benefits.

California

“California’s most popular benefit is our home loan program. Using Qualified Veterans Mortgage Bonds, California provides flexible financing for Veterans purchasing homes in the state of California. The servicing of the loans remains with the department for the life of the loan, and this popular benefit includes exceptional fire, hazard, earthquake, and flood insurance.” – Theresa Gunn, deputy secretary, CalVet Home Loans

California Veterans can learn more about this program at https://www.calvet.ca.gov/calvet-programs/home-loans.

Colorado

“The tax exemption on homes is the most popular but limited to 100% permanent and totally disabled Veterans. Given that, the most popular benefit that most Veterans can receive is Disabled Veteran license plates. The DV plates, which waive license tax on one vehicle, pertains to Veterans at 50% or more service connected and permanent and totally disabled Veterans.” – Richard J. Tremaine, director, Division of Veterans Affairs

Veterans can learn more at www.Colorado.Gov/Vets.

Connecticut

“Connecticut’s most popular state benefit is the Veteran designation with American Flag on the State Driver’s License and on non-license ID Cards, which is used by community based organizations, agencies and retailers to verify Veteran status for various local and state programs, services and discounts. To receive Veteran’s flag on an existing Connecticut license or identity card, the Veteran must submit documentation (DD-214 or pre 1950 WG AGO Discharge certificate) of qualifying active federal service, not including initial entry training; or Entitled to retirement pay under 10 USC Chapter 1223, as amended from time to time, or, but for age, would be entitled. The characterization of Honorable Discharge, General under Honorable Conditions, or Other Than Honorable (OTH) if deemed eligible is pursuant to Connecticut’s OTH benefits law.” – Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Thomas J. Saadi

Veterans can learn more about this benefit at https://portal.ct.gov/DVA/Pages/Apply-for-Veterans-Flag-on-CT-Driver-License-or-ID-Card.

Delaware

“The most popular state benefit are the various Veterans license plates.” – Larence Kirby, executive director, Office of Veterans Services

Special license plates are available through the Department of Motor Vehicles for: Former Prisoners Of War, Formerly Missing-In-Action, Purple Heart Recipients, Medals of Valor Recipients, Disabled Veterans, Delaware National Guard & Reserve Members, Retired Military, Korean War Veterans, Vietnam War Veterans, Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), and Gold Star Lapel Button.

To learn more about Delaware’s services for Veterans, visit https://vets.delaware.gov/.

Florida

“Eligible resident Veterans with a VA certified service-connected disability of 10% or greater shall be entitled to a $5,000 deduction on the assessment of their home for tax exemption purposes. Real estate owned and used as a homestead by an honorably discharged Veteran with a service-connected, permanent and total disability is exempt from taxation. Any partially disabled Veteran who is age 65 or older, any portion of whose disability was combat-related, and who was honorably discharged, may be eligible for a discount from the amount of ad valorem tax on the homestead commensurate with the percentage of the Veteran’s permanent service-connected disability. A growing economy, mild winters and the lack of a state income tax attract many Veterans and their families to Florida. To keep them here, we offer unique benefits such as in-state tuition rates for Veterans and their families using the Post-9/11 GI Bill, several layers of property tax exemptions, expanded Veterans’ preference, and extensive benefits, licensure and fee waivers for many activities and occupations.” – James S. “Hammer” Hartsell, deputy executive director, Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs

Veterans can learn more by visiting www.FloridaVets.org.

Georgia

“One of the most popular state benefits in Georgia is free license plates for Veterans. License plates are available in a special Veteran themed design, with options available to highlight a Veteran’s branch of service, their era of service, or a special military decoration they received during their service. License plates are also available for disabled Veterans at no charge.” – Mike Roby, Georgia’s commissioner of Veterans Service

Veterans can learn more about the program at https://veterans.georgia.gov/license-plates.

“Another popular state benefits in Georgia is a free driver’s license for Veterans or an honorary license for their spouse. The license features an American flag and a Veteran designation in the corner. The license is free for Veterans who meet a residency and service requirement but is available for a small fee for Veterans who do not meet the qualifications. License plates are also available for disabled Veterans at no charge.” – Mike Roby, Georgia’s commissioner of Veterans Service

Veterans can learn more about the program at https://veterans.georgia.gov/driving-licenses-and-personal-id-cards.

Hawaii

“Hawaii’s Most popular state benefit is the Totally Disabled Veterans Real Property Tax Exemption. Each island has their own tax exemption benefit in place.” – Ronald Han, Director State Office of Veterans’ Services

Veterans can learn more about the exemption at http://dod.hawaii.gov/ovs/benefits-and-services/.

Idaho

“The most popular benefit are the reduced hunting & fishing license and tag fees available. Idaho provides resident disabled Veterans with a service-connected disability rating of 40% or greater $5.75 combination hunting and fishing licenses and reduced tag fees. Nonresident disabled Veterans can obtain hunting licenses for $31.75 and reduced tag fees. This provides significant cost savings for Veteran hunters and fishers.” – Kevin Wallior, Idaho Division of Veterans Services management assistant

Veterans can learn more about the program at https://idfg.idaho.gov/licenses/dav-programs.

Illinois

“Illinois’ newest benefit is the Veteran designation for Illinois state driver’s licenses. This has quickly become our most popular benefit in terms of the number of Veterans who have obtained it. Our most popular monetary benefit is the Illinois Veterans Grant/Illinois National Guard Grant.” – Linda Chapa LaVia, director of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs

Illinois Veterans and their families can learn more about these programs at https://www2.illinois.gov/veterans/Pages/default.aspx.

Indiana

“Indiana has tuition and fee exemption for children of disabled Veterans, children of Purple Heart recipients, and children of POWs. Remission of tuition and fees for children of disabled Veterans (at least 0% service-connected) who served during a period of war or participated in equally hazardous duty, or the children of Purple Heart recipients, or the children of prisoners of war. This may be used at approved state-sponsored universities for up to 124 credits. – Joseph J. DeVito, outreach director, Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs

Indiana Veterans can learn more about all of the benefits offered at www.in.gov/dva.

Iowa

“Our Homeownership Assistance Program that provides $5,000 for first time Veteran homebuyers, our Veterans License Plates – which contributes to our License Plate Fund, and our Lifetime Hunting and Fishing License programs are all among our most popular programs.” – Karl J. Lettow, public information

Details on these are at https://va.iowa.gov/benefits.

Kansas

“Kansas offers a wide variety of hunting and fishing opportunities because of an abundance of wildlife and numerous water resources.” – Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs Director Gregg Burden

Veterans in Kansas may be eligible for hunting and fishing fee discounts and should visit Kansas Wildlife and Parks at www.ksoutdoors.com for more information.

Kentucky

“Kentucky waives tuition at all state colleges and universities for dependents of certain Veterans, including those who died on active duty, died as a direct result of a service-connected disability, and those who are 100 percent service-connected disabled or receiving a non-service connected pension. This benefit is so popular that people move to Kentucky specifically to take advantage of this benefit.” – Sophi Thompson, Tuition Waiver Program coordinator

Kentucky Veterans can find out more about this benefit here.

Louisiana

“Our most popular benefit is our structure in that Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs has a close working relationship with all 64 of our parishes. We have 74 parish service offices across the state that are accessible to all of our Veterans and their families. Our offices are staffed by highly-trained, federally-accredited Veterans assistance counselors that are employees of the State of Louisiana. As a result of our unique structure, we are able to provide the best opportunity to take advantage of the plethora of available benefits.” – Joey Strickland, Secretary, Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs

For more information on the parish service offices, visit www.vetaffairs.la.gov/benefits.

Maine

“Maine’s most popular benefit that our Veterans take advantage of is the Maine Resident Lifetime Veteran State Park and Museum Pass. Any Veteran who resides in the State of Maine, that received an honorable discharge from military service is eligible to receive a pass. The pass gives the Veteran free admission to State Parks across the state as well as the Maine State Museum.” – David Richmond, director, Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services

For more information, visit https://www.maine.gov/veterans/benefits/recreational-licenses/lifetime-park-pass.html.

Maryland

“Maryland provides a number of state benefits to Veterans and their dependents. Based on inquiries received by the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs, the most popular state benefit is the property tax exemption for Veterans who are rated at 100% disabled. The property tax exemption allows this unique population of Veterans to be fully exempt from property taxes on their primary dwelling.” – George Owings, secretary of the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs

Veterans can learn more about the exemption and how to apply at https://veterans.maryland.gov/maryland-tax-benefits/.

Massachusetts

For Massachusetts information, visit https://www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-department-of-veterans-services.

Michigan

“Our most popular state benefit for emergent needs is the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund (MVTF). The MVTF provides emergency grants to help combat-era Veterans and their families weather unforeseen, temporary financial emergencies. Emergency grants cover expenses such as utility bills, home repairs, transportation and mortgage assistance.” – Lindell Holm, Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency/MVTF executive secretary

For more information and to apply, visit https://www.michiganveterans.com/mvaaEmergencyAssistanceForm or call 1-800-MICH-VET.

Minnesota

“Our most popular service is the VA Claims representation provided by our staff and our largest program financially is the State Soldiers Assistance Program.” – Larry Herke, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs

To learn more, visit https://mn.gov/mdva/resources/healthdisability/claims.jsp.

Mississippi

“Mississippi’s most popular state benefit for totally disabled Veterans is the homestead exemption. If a Veteran has been honorably discharged with total disability, he or she is exempt from all Ad Valorem taxes on the assessed value of homestead property. Another popular benefit is free access to all State Parks and Recreational Facilities. All Veterans are eligible for this perk.” – Stacey Pickering, executive director of Mississippi Veterans Affairs

For more information on Mississippi Veterans Affairs, visit www.msva.ms.gov.

Missouri

“The Missouri State Veterans Services Program has 44 accredited service officers offering assistance to Veterans, widow/widower of a Veteran, Veterans child or a parent who has lost a son or daughter in military service. Service officers provide counseling and assistance when you have questions about compensation, pensions, education benefits, life insurance, medical benefits, state benefits and burial benefits. They are networked within the supported communities.  If federal and state benefits are not enough, our VSO’s know local community agencies who might provide assistance.” – Ryon Richmond, acting executive director, Missouri Veterans Commission

Veterans can learn more about the program at https://mvc.dps.mo.gov/service/.

Montana

“Montana’s most popular state benefit is the Veteran Designation on the drivers’ licenses.  An MOU between Montana Veteran’s Affairs Division and the Department of Motor Vehicles allows us to verify Veteran status in order to have the Veteran designation on their drivers’ licenses for a fee of $10.” – Kelly Ackerman, administrator, Montana Veterans Affairs Division

For more information, visit doj.mt.gov/driving/license-plates.

Nebraska

“The Nebraska Veterans Registry is the most popular benefit based on the fact that out of the 125,000 Veterans in Nebraska 85,000 plus are registered with the State of Nebraska. This allows for easy application for benefits provided such as military license plates and special discounts sometimes offered at establishments throughout the state. This also eases outreach to Veterans by the Nebraska Department of Veterans Affairs.” – John Hilgert, Nebraska Department of Veterans Affairs director

Veterans can apply to the registry at https://www.nebraska.gov/va_registry/index.cgi.

Nevada

“Nevada’s most popular state benefit is a state income tax exemption for all! Because Nevada does not have a state income tax, all residents including Veterans are exempt.” – Julie Dudley, communications director

Veterans can learn more about the State of Nevada at http://nv.gov/ and the Nevada Department of Veterans Services at https://veterans.nv.gov/.

New Hampshire

“In my opinion, New Hampshire’s most popular state Veteran benefit is most likely it’s property tax credits. Depending on what city or town you live in, New Hampshire offers qualified Veterans a tax credit for up to $750 annually and if you are a 100% permanently and totally disabled Veteran (as determined by the Veterans Benefit Administration), you will be eligible for up to $4,000 in property tax relief.” – William Gaudreau, director, NH Division of Veteran Services

Veterans can learn more about benefits at www.nh.gov/nhveterans.

New Jersey

“Veterans are eligible for a $6,000 exemption on your income tax return if you are a military Veteran who was honorably discharged or released under honorable circumstances from active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States on or any time before the last day of the tax year. Your spouse (or civil union partner) is also eligible for an exemption if he/she is a Veteran who was honorably discharged or released under honorable circumstances and you are filing a joint return. This exemption is in addition to any other exemptions you are entitled to claim and is available on both the resident and nonresident returns.” – Patricia A. Richter, acting director, Division of Veterans Services

More information is at http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/military/vetexemption.shtml

New Mexico

The most popular state benefit available to New Mexico’s 154,000 Veterans, according to the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services, is the Veterans State Property Tax Exemption.

This is an exemption of up to a $4,000 reduction in the taxable value of a Veteran’s primary residence for county property taxation purposes. This benefit is also available to non-remarried surviving spouses of Veterans who would have otherwise qualified for this benefit. Any Veteran who has been rated 100% service-connected disabled (permanent & total) by VA and is a legal resident of New Mexico qualifies for a complete property tax waiver for their primary residence.

According to DVS, in 2019 the agency processed 6,480 exemption and waiver applications. Veterans can learn more about the program at http://www.nmdvs.org/state-benefits/.

New York

“New York’s most popular state benefit is the FreshConnect Checks program. This program in collaboration with Agriculture and Markets, allows Veterans and their families to access $20 in fresh food vouchers to be used at farmers markets across New York.” – Joel Evans, executive deputy director, New York State Division of Veterans’ Services

New York Veterans can learn more about the program at https://agriculture.ny.gov/consumer-benefits-farmers-markets#freshconnect-benefits-for-veterans-and-servicemembers.

North Carolina

“The most popular North Carolina state benefit is Veteran license plates and the tax exclusion for 100% disabled Veterans.” – Martin Falls, chief deputy secretary for the North Carolina Department of Military and Veteran Affairs

Veterans can learn more about the North Carolina Veteran programs at www.milvets.nc.gov.

North Dakota

“Our most popular state benefit is the grant program at North Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs.” – Lonnie Wangen, commissioner

The state offers a Hardship Assistance Grant and a grant for North Dakota Veterans with PTSD. Veterans can learn more at http://www.nd.gov/veterans/benefits/hardship-assistance-grant.

Ohio

“Every county in Ohio has a Veterans Service Commission, who employ Veterans service officers to assist Ohio Veterans with benefits, transportation, and even financial assistance- all at no charge to Veterans.” – Sean McCarthy, assistant director, Department of Veterans Services

A comprehensive Ohio Veterans Resource Guide is available online at https://dvs.ohio.gov/wps/wcm/connect/gov/7c2ff73e-7a10-42a9-b2c1-4688be28837c/BenefitsGuide.pdf?MOD=AJPERES&CVID=n8kF7Cb.

Oklahoma

For Oklahoma information, visit https://odva.ok.gov/.

Oregon

“Veteran Recognition License Plates are very popular in Oregon for Veterans, disabled Veterans, and their families. This program includes multiple recognition plate options that allow Veterans to display pride in their military service, all while helping to support work for fellow Veterans and their families through organizations such as the Oregon Veterans’ Homes and Gold Star Families, both of which receive a portion of the registration fees charged for some plates.” – Ana Potter, Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs Aging Veterans Services director

Oregon Veterans and their families can learn more about the program at https://www.oregon.gov/odot/dmv/pages/vehicle/plates.aspx#Veteran.

Pennsylvania

“Pennsylvania’s most popular state benefit is by far the Real Estate Tax Exemption. This program, administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, provides real estate tax exemption for any honorably discharged Veteran who is 100 percent disabled, a resident of the commonwealth and has a financial need. More than 14,000 Pennsylvania Veterans are enrolled in the program, which grows by about 1,000 Veterans each year.” – Joel H. Mutschler, director of the Bureau of Veterans Programs, Initiatives, Reintegration, and Outreach

Pennsylvania Veterans can learn more about the Real Estate Tax Exemption program at dmva.pa.gov.

Rhode Island

“The most popular state benefit is Rhode Island National Guard members receive free tuition.” – Kasim Yarn, director, Rhode Island Office of Veterans Services

Veterans can learn more at http://www.vets.ri.gov/.

South Carolina

“All persons who have been declared permanently and totally disabled by the Social Security Administration, VA, or other state or federal agencies, are eligible for a homestead exemption in an amount set by the General Assembly. This also applies to persons over age 65.” – Brandon C. Wilson, public information director

For more information, contact your county and municipal tax offices or visit http://va.sc.gov/benefits.html.

South Dakota

South Dakota’s most popular state benefit is the bonus program. The state of South Dakota awards a bonus to active duty military members and Veterans who meet service qualifications.

“Regardless of service era, we take an all-inclusive approach to ensure all Veterans have access to their benefits,” said Greg Whitlock, Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs.

Whitlock encourages Veterans to contact their local county or tribal Veterans service officers or the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs office (605-773-3269) to learn more about their benefits. Veterans can also visit https://vetaffairs.sd.gov/ or https://www.facebook.com/SDDVA/.

Tennessee

“Tennessee’s most popular Veteran benefit is the property tax relief for certain 100% disabled Veterans and their surviving spouses for up to $175,000 of the property’s assessed value. Determination of eligibility for a homeowner who is a disabled Veteran or widow(er) of a disabled Veteran will be made based on information provided by the VA through use of consent forms.” – Ron Dvorsky, Tennessee Department of Veterans Services resource coordinator training officer

Veterans can learn more about the program at https://comptroller.tn.gov/office-functions/pa/property-taxes/property-tax-programs/tax-relief.html.

Texas

“From September 2019 through April 30, 2020, the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Claims Department has assisted over 7,000 Veterans in receiving over $250 million in retroactive payments plus annual increases. I’d say that shows the TVC claims program is very popular.” – Thomas P. Palladino, executive director of the Texas Veterans Commission

Veterans can learn more at https://www.tvc.texas.gov/claims/.

Utah

“Utah’s Veterans Property Tax Abatement is widely used designed to reduce certain property taxes Veterans owe on normally taxed property, to include homes, automobiles and recreational vehicles. The tax reduction is based on the level of a disability rating as determined by VA.” – Gary Harter, executive director of Utah’s Department of Veterans and Military Affairs

Additional information is at https://veterans.utah.gov/utah-tax-abatement-exemption/.

Vermont

“Vermont’s most popular benefit is a property tax reduction program for Veterans with a VA rating of 50% or greater.” – Robert E. Burke, director, Office of Veterans Affairs

For more information visit veterans.vermont.gov.

Virginia

“Virginia’s VA claims assistance program. This program has over 100 full time staff dedicated to assisting transitioning service members and Veterans prepare, and when necessary, appeal their VA disability compensation and pension claims.” – Thomas Herthel, deputy commissioner for the Virginia Department of Veterans Services

In 2019, VDVS staff helped over 200,000 Veterans submit over 70,000 claims and appeals.  Additionally, VDVS has a dedicated team of appeals attorneys and specialists who assist Veterans before the Board of Veterans Appeals and the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and advocate on their behalf. In all, Virginia’s Veterans received over $3.5 billion in federal disability claims benefits in Federal Fiscal Year 2019.

Veterans can learn more at https://www.dvs.virginia.gov/benefits.

Washington

“Washington offers free license plates for disabled Veterans, Purple Heart and Gold Star, as well as free camping for Veterans with 30% or greater disability.” – Liza Narciso, assistant to the director, Washington Department of Veterans Affairs

For more information, visit https://www.dva.wa.gov/.

West Virginia

“West Virginia provides funds each year to pay for education and training opportunities that do not qualify under VA guidelines. This gives our Veterans a second opportunity for success.” – Cabinet Secretary Dennis Davis

Veterans can learn more at https://veterans.wv.gov/Pages/default.aspx.

Wisconsin

“WDVA’s online tool, MyWisVets.com, makes it easy for Wisconsinites to check their eligibility benefits, upload supporting documents, apply for grants, pre-register at our Veterans homes or for an internment, and more. MyWisVets.com is supported by WDVA’s Veterans Benefits Resource staff, who are also available by phone, email, or via our Live Chat feature on the WDVA website to support Veterans with state and federal benefits questions.” – Donald Placidi Jr., Division of Veterans Benefits administrator, Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs

Veterans can visit the online portal at www.MyWisVets.com.

Wyoming

“The most popular state benefit is the property tax exemption. This benefit is used in all 23 counties.” – Tim Sheppard, executive director, Wyoming Veterans Commission

Veterans can learn more at https://www.wyomilitary.wyo.gov/veterans/commission/.


Check out the following parts of this series, which will be hyperlinked once they publish:

Part 2: Most underused state benefitPart 3: Most unique or newest state benefitPart 4: Largest or most successful state employer of Veterans | Part 5: Most popular state Veteran monument

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Adam Stump

Adam Stump is a public affairs specialist with VA’s Digital Media Engagement team. He is a retired Air Force Veteran who served 20 years, including two deployments to Afghanistan for detention operations and special operations.

Comments

  1. R Cora    

    Mr. Adam Stump… is Very true!..- where are the lists of benefits, entitled services and rights for the local veterans from PUERTO RICO – a common tendency (maybe not your fault) , perception and inclination to ignore our existence, contribution, rights and benefits righteously earned with our lives. For those who still have any pinch of doubt and questions of the discrimination, injustices and violation of the laws and rights of minorities at a national, state or local level, suffered for very long time by many local veterans in Puerto Rico – Here you have the verifiable facts and proven evidence of investigations of many years (information available for review) that led to this strong action requests from the Senate of PR (with the understanding and support of Fortaleza and our Governor) to the highest level of US Congress – the Senate and House Committee on Veterans Affairs (that is, the Chairman Phill Roe, Mark Tokano and Senator Johnny Isakson… )

    After years of investigation, the Commission of Veterans from the Senate of PR wrote after Hurricane Maria to the US Congress, VA Committee (these are Quotes from the Senate) ;

    “Many Federal Contractors in Puerto Rico, as proven, investigated, reported and demonstrated are in rampant violations and non-compliance of the most fundamental and basic veteran’s Federal, State or local law requiring equal employment opportunity for protected veterans – including Vietnam Era Veteran’s Readjustment and Assistance Act of 1974 (VEVRAA) laws, Executive Order 11246 and the provisions of the CFR for Equal Employment Opportunity – Title 41, Chapter 60 – of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program (OFCCP) laws, local state law 203, among others laws and regulations.”

    “This situation, amply discussed during the April 2017 Congressional Veterans Task Force Meeting, is affecting hundreds of veterans in Puerto Rico – as many companies are in non-compliance and violating the most obvious, basic and fundamental laws of VEVRAA and OFCCP rules. The American veterans and heroes from Puerto Rico are being seriously affected by the worst economic and employment crises in years, worsen by the devastation of Hurricane Maria in 2017 – leading the country to bankruptcy and despair – the largest Diaspora of American citizens born in Puerto Rico, including veterans leaving their country. During the recent congressional task meeting, it was clearly evidenced and confirmed the serious veterans’ employment situation for a devastating of about 57% underemployment for veterans and the highest exodus of veterans’ families from the island. This epidemic situation is directly causing severe physical, mental and physiological disabilities and others consequential illnesses to many veterans and is aggravating their medical conditions due to the insensitive and validated discriminatory and unlawful practices of some employers. “

    As discussed and investigated by Fortaleza and the Senate of PR, “this situation is becoming a serious National veterans’ issue. This is not how it’s supposed to be happening for the veterans in America – this is a serious violation of the laws – as nobody is above the law. It is well understood that any type of discrimination and violation of the employment’s laws is wrong and against the law. But it becomes outrageously unacceptable when this involves rampant discrimination for a long time against war protected and disabled veterans that fought for the very same values, principle of justice, equality, respect of the law and fairness they protected with their blood and lives. “

    “Veterans have served and sacrificed in defense of our Nation. The indisputable and demonstrated evidence, facts and findings related to these situations are readily available for review and verification – as facts are stubborn things. These precedential Claims have substantially demonstrated the serious discrimination, unequal treatments, denial of entitled veterans service and rights, improper application of the laws, clear violations and unlawful non-compliance of insensitive Federal Contractor toward our national veterans’ heroes. Consequently, this is the greatest opportunity to show respect, defend the veteran’s dignity and protect the rights for justice with employments opportunities and proper local entitled services for our national heroes- something all veterans earned with their combat sacrifices and blood. “

    The unquestionable fact of the matter is that, despite the many follow-ups letters sent to the Chairmen of the VA Committee – the government of PR is still awaiting a respectful and dignifying response. It has been said that unless you live with your flesh, blood and soul what is to be a soldier and live the terrible experience of war – you will never quite understand what veterans went through and the reason why “veterans life matter”…

    During the recent George Floyd racial crises, many minorities clearly expressed their saturation of insupportable suffering, desperation and hopelessness of black people and every minority – including veterans, has been suffering, but dealt with by nation with many years of depraved indifference and inaction. Even recently President Trump indicated; “ It is the US Nation and its people that owes the veterans heroes a supreme debt of gratitude”.. It is so clear to see the anguish and despair minorities are suffering, but very difficult to human mind to comprehend unless you have lived the experience, as it is called implicit bias, discrimination or racism – the fact is that we can and need to do better soon!…

    Now you all know more of the reality of some veterans’ minorities – the so called heroes of a nation. Now you know, based on verifiable facts and evidence, why some veterans from PR feel discriminated and left behind in term of national benefits, rights, entitled services and a lack of humane and dignified treatment. – as verifiable facts (we’ve tried to ignore for long) are stubborn things… Mr. Stump – We appreciate and value your listening, good intention and understanding, but action is what we need now, as “VETERANS LIVE MATTER”…..

  2. Mark Rayome    

    I don’t want to rain on anyone’s parade, but veterans are this country’s throwaway society. The pride in your heart is what you carry in your soul. If this country- who has been stiffing its most dedicated patriots since Benjamin Franklin, ought to consider real ‘benefits’ for sacrifices made.
    1. No taxes- period. Any Citizen Soldier, serving or not, who gave of themselves for everyone ought not to give back what they legally earned to anyone. (See #2.)
    2. Real Recognition. I feel that those whose who served first should never be served last. Your honorable service to one’s country should come with tangible rewards without an expiration date. Ours is a career that others ought to aspire to share from a grateful Nation. “Thank you for your service” is really a meaningless hashtag. It’s nothing.
    3. Protecting the Constitution. A veteran is more likely to unselfishly defend our Nations liberty at home when placed in positions to do so. Politics, judges, law enforcement. We took a solemn oath.., There is nothing more galling than being denied your Rights and then having to litigate the dick that dishonored them.
    4. Change the Structure. Career officers do what they are told. That includes implementing ROE and policies that harm National Security and put their troopers in danger from weak political hacks. If the fear of losing their pensions was removed, perhaps, they would focus on how to best perform the mission. Snowflakes or no snowflakes.
    5. Dump the Executive Mindset. This ties into #4. America hasn’t run a war right since we the suits created the position Secretary of Defense. We are instruments of war and pray it doesn’t come. But we are not chess pieces to socially experiment with when it comes to “making things fair and pleasant” for any morally questionable, societal fad.
    6. Keep the Separation. The military services are morphing into a homogenize mess. They are special because they are specialized. If I wanted to look like and act like everyone else in a herd I’d become a zebra.
    7. Space Force? I’m mystified here. Mariners have been charting their course by the stars for thousands of years. This organization belongs to the Navy. The Air Force has no such traditions in this sense.
    8. Dump the Chicks. Sorry gals. Ask any man how the effectiveness of the military has cratered since we allowed women to serve and you’ll get the same answers. Or, you MUST meet the same standards in grooming, physical readiness, no pregnancy clauses, no make-up, no mulligans. How’s that for equality?
    Oops, got off tract..,
    9. State Exemptions. We protected all of the States. As a veteran I ought not have to pay for the privilege’s to park, hike, visit, camp, or enjoy this great land I once actively protected with my very life. (See #1 and #2.)
    10. Veteran Organizations. Each State ought to institute policies and encourage real benefits to join and support every veteran’s organization locally and nationally. We often give back more in charitable activities. The communities would do nothing but greatly benefit from these types of groups because we don’t want to stop giving.

  3. Robert McKinney    

    Please allow me to mention what might be the best and most generous state benefit of all
    and it’s available to disabled vets from from any state… Oregon will give All U.S. veterans
    from ANY state with ANY level of service-connected disability a Special Access Pass free
    parking at the 25 state parks that charge a day-use parking fee. BETTER YET…It also covers
    your camping costs in RV sites, tent campsites & standard horse camp sites. You may camp
    for free in a tent, RV or standard horse camp site for 10 nights at a time at a single state park,
    or a total of 10 nights in a calendar month, regardless of the location. If you stay longer than
    10 nights at a park, or in a calendar month, you will pay the standard rate for the extra days.

  4. James C Smith    

    Another Veteran benefit in the State of California, is if you are rated at 0% and up, your child can go to any Community College, Cal Sate or UC system school for FREE, as long as they qualify for entry, tuition is paid through a State funded program. Your child doesn’t have to work or take federal student loans to pay tuition. Some key items to remember,

    1. IF they get a job, they cannot make more than the National Poverty Level for that tax year, if they make over that, no funding.
    2. Room, books, food cost’s are not paid, that comes out of your pocket.
    3. Your level of funding is limited by the National poverty level. For example if the NPL is $10,400 and they had a job and earned $5000 to help pay for room, food, books etc, your level of finance support could only be $5399.
    4. Both of my daughters went to college, graduated and left school with NO student loans to pay back, imagine your kids graduating without a $25K student debt loan.
    5. The Veteran Service office (VSO) can help get you the information you need to get started. I worked through the VSO in the county that my daughter went to school in, not the one I live in currently.
    6. You have to refile every year to receive the benefits, it is paid directly to the college and never touches your hands.
    7. I saved over $63,000 in tuition costs for my children, you can too! You just have to do the paperwork every July/August before the new term.

    Hope this helps for all of those Disabled Veterans in California.

    GO ARMY!

  5. Tanya Robertson    

    Thank you for this USEFUL information! I have already passed it along to other veterans in my family one of whom is seeking to find permanent residence in 2022. So this will help make the best choice on where to live.

  6. Ronnie Clay Smith    

    I’m a veteran of 23 yrs, who served this Great Country on different soils, but I’ve never heard so much whining. The VA has helped me drastically since I retired. I’ve also have done some research myself before I talk with different organizations. Don’t blame who wrote this article, Dems or Reps. Blame yourself for not asking or doing your own research. What’s the worst that could happen? Someone tells you NO.
    Don’t expect everything to be handed to you on a silver platter just for serving. We were all Leaders at one time or another. We led Soldiers, we were Soldiers. We can find a Solution to a Problem. We might be retired, but we are not DEAD.

    1. George Greavu Jr    

      My God I’v only been “Retired” for about Ten years now and to read some of these whining BS remarks makes me wonder, Will I become as big a complainer as these Vets the longer I]m out or are most off these Veterans just being the way they’ve always been. You know what I got the most from this Article wasn’t the fact that some of the information has changed or a few links where not working. It was the fact that I never thought to consider any benefits at the state level. Doing my own research I found a few things available to me and my family that where not listed in this article. But I am grateful that this article is the reason I inevitably found out bout them. Do you guys and gals Remember whenever you went on a TDY you would have to go and fill out a travel voucher when you returned to your base of station? Well it wasn’t until my 2nd or 3rd TDY that I found out that I could claim separation allowance which back then was $2/day for anytime away from my family 60 days or more. When I asked the person inn the office why didn’t anyone tell me about this I remember the answer I got was, ” It is not our job to tell you what you can and can’t claim on your travel voucher. It’s only our responsibility to answer any questions you might ask and to make sure you filled it out correctly”. Well guess what my next question was? Where can I find out what all I can claim on my travel vouchers and from that point on I tried not to depend on anyone else going out of there way to put money in my pocket. You will not get the answer to 100% of the questions you never ask or research for the answers. GOOD LUCK TO ALL OF US AMERICANS OUT THERE. THIS IS A RAPIDLY CHANGING WORLD WE ARE LIVING IN AND I PRAY WE ARE NOT ERASED OUT OF THE EQUATION OF THE NWO WE WILL FIND OURSELVES IN THE NEAR FUTURE. STAY FOCUSED ON THE BIG ISSUES

  7. John Meister    

    for everyone who’s complaining that the writer failed to do the research you are validated. Took me 2 seconds to google Arizona Verterans Benefits and I got this as the 1st result…
    https://militarybenefits.info/arizona-veterans-benefits/

  8. Jackie Jackson    

    James Robert Myers Jr. Have you set up an EBENIFITS account? If not go to ebenifits.va.gov and setup an account it will allow you to track the progress of you claim and a lot of other helpful information is there.

    Sincerely,
    Jackie Jackson

  9. Aaron Allen    

    Somebody needs to do better research as most of these links are NOT working correctly or DO NOT offer ANY benefits information (NC)

  10. Nico coombs    

    I guess the writer didn’t really do research in Texas. Probably a Democrat. Free license plates, 100% disability land and property tax exemption, license renewal fee waived, they supported local business with free licenses to veterans but I believe they stopped. If you’re going to do an article, do it right slacker.

    1. Angela DeSantis    

      I will agree with you that this article was not comprehensive but why the comment about the guys political leanings? As a proud veteran who is a Democrat I feel that any veteran who votes for the current president should be ashamed of themselves. Russian bounties, ripping off veterans who went to Trump University, and being a draft dodger to name a few is enough reason to rethink voting your party into office.

  11. Jose Carreras    

    What about U.S. territories? I live in PR

    1. Charles Gallina    

      What about the District of Columbia?

    2. ricky santiago    

      You are here: Home / Puerto Rico Veterans Benefits
      Puerto Rico Veterans Benefits
      Puerto Rico Veterans BenefitsFind Puerto Rico state and local veterans’ benefits including education, employment, healthcare, tax breaks/exemptions, recreation and much more below. The Island of Enchantment is home to more than 85,000 Veterans, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

      Veteran Education Benefits

      Tuition Assistance

      Puerto Rico National Guard (FIGNA) Tuition Assistance Program

      Active FIGNA service members may be eligible for tuition assistance. This benefit includes the following:

      Undergraduate or vocational programs:
      Up to 18 credits per academic year
      Up to $50.00 per credit
      Maximum of $900.00 per year
      Medical specialties are allowed up to $1,000.00 annually for two years
      Graduate programs:
      Up to 18 credits per academic year
      Maximum of $75.00 per credit
      Maximum of $1,350.00 per year
      Recipients are required to pay a $5.00 monthly fee while using this benefit. Spouses or dependents under 23 years of age may also use this benefit, but certain conditions apply:

      Dependents may use the benefit for undergraduate programs
      Spouses may use the benefit for graduate programs
      Tuition Waivers

      Free Tuition at University of Puerto Rico and Regional Colleges for Puerto Rican Veterans

      Veterans may be eligible to receive free tuition through this program. In order to be eligible for this benefit, applicants must meet the following criteria:

      Veteran did not have the GI Bill, or
      GI Bill benefits ran out.
      Reduced Tuition at University of Puerto Rico and Regional Colleges for Dependents of Puerto Rican Veterans.

      Dependents of veterans may be eligible for a 50% reduction in tuition at the University of Puerto Rico and its regional colleges. Check with the University of Puerto Rico for more information regarding this benefit.

      Veteran Financial Benefits

      Income Tax Exemptions For Veterans

      Veterans may be eligible for additional income tax exemptions. Veterans may take an additional $500.00 deduction from gross income. This benefit is available to veterans for life.

      Property Tax Exemption For Veterans

      Veterans may be eligible for property tax exemptions available in Puerto Rico. These benefits vary both in eligibility criteria and level of exemption, and include the following programs:

      Territory of Puerto Rico Standard Veteran Ten Year Property Tax Exemption

      Veteran or veteran family residence is exempted from property taxes for ten years and up to $5,000 appraised taxable value.
      If there are multiple residences in the building where veteran residence is located, the Secretary of the Treasury will determine the appraised taxable value allowed for the exemption.
      Territory of Puerto Rico Injured Veterans Property Tax Exemption

      Injured veterans or immediate family residence are exempt from property tax if:
      Lot does not exceed 500 square meters in urban zone; or
      Lot does not exceed one cuerda, (3,930 square meters) in rural zone.
      Territory of Puerto Rico Disabled Veteran Property Tax Exemption

      Veterans who receive disability compensation of 50% or more from the VA are exempt from property tax on the first $50,000 of appraised taxable value.
      Must provide proof of disability through written certification from the VA as of January 1st each year.
      Veteran or veteran family has resided at dwelling from January 1st of year immediately preceding year of requested exemption.
      Lot does not exceed 500 square meters in urban zone; or
      Lot does not exceed one cuerda, (3,930 square meters), in rural zone.
      Surviving spouses, younger children, and older children with disabilities are also eligible for this benefit.
      Puerto Rico National Guard Retiree Annuity

      Puerto Rico National Guard retirees may be eligible to receive an annuity of $175 per month.

      In order to be eligible for this benefit, applicants must meet the following criteria:

      Retired National Guard members
      20 or more years of honorable and meritorious service upon retirement
      Between 55 and 59 years of age
      Additional Veteran Benefits

      Discounted Auto Registration Fees

      Puerto Rico National Guard members may qualify for a $35 discounted auto registration fee. At the time of this writing, no further information was available, but check with your National Guard Orderly Room for more information.

      Funeral Insurance For National Guard Service Members and Retirees

      National Guard service members and retirees may be eligible for $3,000 of funeral insurance to defray costs of burial.

      In order to be eligible for this benefit, applicants must meet the following criteria:

      Under 60 years of age
      Provide proof of incurred funeral costs for a National Guard Service member or retiree

      Read more: https://militarybenefits.info/puerto-rico-veterans-benefits/#ixzz6TVvEpClN

  12. Glenn Smith    

    Come on, If we got all the earned benefits (BENES) as Disabled Veterans then we would all be poletitions. Maybe if it were a requirement that our national leaders were veterans/disabled veterans then maybet the job would get done. (NJK)

  13. ALLEN COPELAND    

    How is a benefit that is for every single resident of Nevada even considered a benefit? I really hope that is not on recruiting posters.

  14. Ignacio Unanue    

    There are lots of Veterans in Puerto Rico. Why Puerto Rico is not on this list?

  15. Mark Combs    

    Nevada posted a benefit every resident gets. The state income tax is not a specific VA benefit.

  16. Shawn Schmidt    

    The Fort Worth VA has had all of their specialty clinics closed down for the last several months due to COVID. Is this nationwide? Is anyone else experiencing problems on how to get health concerns addressed and taken care of in a timely manner? Our orthopedics department is closed, so is the dental clinic, physical therapy, the department that gives out braces for mobility, etc. Nothing can be contracted out via the Mission Act because you have to be seen in the VA specialty department first. Is this just a Texas thing? Or nationwide? ALL civilian providers are still seeing patients at their outpatient clinics. We should be able to see an outside provider when the VA outpatient clinics are closed for situations such as COVID. THIS IS RIDICULOUS!!!!

  17. Disgruntled Marine    

    It’s pretty sad that the year is 2020 and this site is missing a lot of the normal components most sites have been using for many years, like anchor tags. An anchor tag is a quick navigation feature so people can quickly scroll to the content they are looking for instead of scrolling down the entire page to get to “Virginia”.

    Also, you’ve got an image of a map that zooms a bit when you mouse over it, as if it’s wanting you to interact with it, presumably so someone can click on their state and take advantage of the aforementioned anchor tags (that aren’t present) and be taken immediately to the information that interests them. Clicking on that image only takes you to a larger view of that image and then you have to go back!

    I know it’s the VA… but c’mon. Surely you can do better! Why do the vets always have to eat out of the very bottom of the bucket compared to everyone else?

  18. William Sparling    

    Someone who has some REAL clout (not including our present “supposed” leadership) from Washington, DC to any American soil should read this and heed this and REALLY DO SOMETHING about it. Here is my point:

    ANY VETERAN, REGARDLESS OF HIS OR HER ADDRESS, BE IT PUERTO RICO, VIRGIN ISLANDS OR GUAM OR THE MOON, WHO PUT HIS OR HER LIFE ON THE LINE FOR THE BILLIOUS POLITICIANS WHO ARE SUPPOSED TO BE RUNNING THIS COUNTRY, SHOULD BE ENTITLED TO FULL VA BENEFITS – WITHOUT QUESTION AND WITHOUT RESERVATIONS – – – – PERIOD.
    Get off of your collective butts and take care of these veterans.
    Maybe we need another tea party – – this time in Washington, DC and then work out way down through the states to get these warriors what they need and deserve. We make a lot of noise over “BLACK LIVES MATTER.” (Now before you start getting all tuned up, the man who stood up with me as my best man forty-three years ago was black and he was married to my niece who is as white as I am and I loved him like a brother!)
    Where I am going with this is right here and now, let’s start packing signs that read, “VETERANS LIVE MATTER!” Or maybe, “DEFUND WASHINGTON, DC!”
    Bill Sparling
    Washington State

  19. Joshua A Mattson    

    For Wyoming, why didn’t you list the property tax exemption? That is a far more important benefit for a lot of veterans, and can save them money?

    Or veterans that are rated 50% or higher get a free, lifetime fishing license and state park pass, and those rated 100% get a free lifetime small game/game bird license and are allowed to hunt a few days early? They even have the veterans cemetery there, that they can be buried in, which could reduced or eliminate most the cost of a funeral.

  20. Joshua A Mattson    

    I think someone read the wrong information for the disabled plate for Washington. I live here, and to qualify for the disabled veteran plate, you have to be rated at 100%, not 30%. There are very few benefits you get in this state, and to qualify for most of them, sadly, you have to have a fairly high rating.

  21. R Rockey    

    I hope my taxes didn’t pay for this article. This is the most worthless un researched lacking any redeemable value whatsoever.

  22. Crystal Watson    

    while maryland does allow 100% disabled vets to get exemption from property taxes, it would be nice if all disabled vets would get it. im 90% disabled and that causes issues with work which makes employment difficult. it aint much, but having the property tax exemption apply to all disabled vets would be nice. im just as broken as my 100% disabled brothers and sisters out there.

    1. Kenneth    

      Tell the va examiner that.

  23. Richard Leo Pflipsen    

    No comment. In 2013 I was told that I I had a rising PSA. I asked the VA hospital in Cheyenne Wyo.. They sent me a copy of my labs from 2009 only. Back then they didn’t give you a copy of your labs. At the top it said to tell me to see a Nephrologist. I continued to receive pain medication that was the same as Advil. I ended up going to Sam’s club and purchased Aleve that was half the strength as Advil. When I got the lab copy, I started to see a Local Nephrologist. I was found to have stage 3 kidney disease. After my VA labs in 2019 I saw my Nephrologist for my annual checkup. I showed him the lab results sheet and he was livid. MSDS safety sheets that list the warnings when handling or breathing fumes of the film developer. I didn’t find them until I searched on line. They were not available to us in the Philippines in the 60’s. The lap person would pour developer into the first tank and forgetting to put the splash guard, would spill it over the edge and down to the control panel into the 440 volt circuit. I would be in front of the panel doing a final check before they ran the Viet Nam recon film through the (Versamat} machine. When I went to sleep after the shift I was on, I would wake up in the middle and have to sit on the side of my bed until I could breath normally again. Records that are archived will show that I visited the clinic because of those incidents. A civilian in Longmont Co. where I live was supposed to help me with the reopening my claim for disability. She just gave up and blew me off on one appt. and doubled up at another when she took the other vet and said that I didn’t have an appt. with her. Well, I guess this is a comment. My four brothers and I all served in the military.

  24. Norberto Quiles    

    hOW SAD WHEN YOU SERVED FOR 29 YEARS AND PUERTO RICAN VETERANS ARE EXCEMPT FORM BENEFITS.

  25. Bil Seaman    

    Adam, I realize you are trying to be positive here, but I believe you picked a topic that has little to offer for many veterans. License plates are not a benefit…the veteran has to pay for it initially and every year thereafter for most states. If that is all a state has to offer – such as my own state of Arizona – then I would have to say the state cares very little for those who have given so much for our country. Ask the states what they are doing for our homeless veterans…our disabled veterans…our veterans who need vocational training because their military specialty does not translate to the civilian sector. The sad truth, is that we are only a very, very small percentage of the electorate, and as long as that is the case with the self-serving elected officials we have today, our honored veterans will continue to be kicked to the curb. I would offer that our veterans do not ask for the moon, we just want to be shown respect for the sacrifices we have made over the years and opportunities to transition. Thank you to all my brothers and sisters out there who have, are, and continue to serve. You are amazing and I admire all of you! USAF Retired.

    1. Joyce    

      There are veteran benefits in PR. The most popular one is 50% reduced tuition at the UPR.

  26. ROBERTO ALMODOVAR    

    I am a proud Puertorrican Veteran. Where is the info for us (more than 100,000 veterans, with 9 Medal of Honor Recipients)?

    ,

    1. Don Sammons    

      Hi Bill!

      I read your post AFTER having read each and every one of the various state “BEST” Benefit items. Having done so, I was taken aback by the PALTRY input from several states. However, of all those, two states — Arizona and West Virginia — appear not only to have LITTLE REGARD for their Veterans, or their input was made by either a lazy or inept, representative. One other state of miserly-note was MA which cited NOTHING as a veteran benefit — listing only a link to another website.

      West Virginia of all 50 states had the highest number of casualties per capita in Vietnam. One might think that would garner some appreciation from their bureaucrats. Not so! That there are but few veterans elected to significant offices in that state, no doubt, goes a long way to explaining why RESPECT and CONSIDERATION are absent from the long established porkers who happen to be the big muckety-mucks in WV who have been feeding at the taxpayers trough most of their adult life. That WV is a pathetically poor state, long-pilfered by coal barons, insurance big wigs, now egregious utility purveyors and corrupt courts at every level somewhat Explains, but does NOT Excuse the almost vengeful acknowledgment of veterans there. But Arizona!

      Arizona, home of John McCain. The Grand Canyon State — home to so many military bases, military contracts, and corporate slush funds has no excuse. Corporate pariahs and ultra-wealthy muckety-mucks in office, all who live, Cradle to Grave, Generation after Generation lapping the sweet cream of their lucrative largess lavished on them — Daddy to Jr each generation, deserve no cover, and can hide behind NO EXCUSE for being so stingy — so miserly — willfully and maliciously gleaning every morsel of meat from the bones GRUDGINLY tossed to AZ veterans.

      Like WV, your state has gleaned the last glimmer of wealth from the coal, precious metal and forest for corporate gain at the expense of citizens compliments of under-the-table legislative, judicial and executive graft. CORRUPTION impacts the poor and the veteran heavily. No more perfect examples exist of the end result of corrupt & corporate pilferage/plunder of wealth from the sweat of taxpayer’s brow than the plight now presented by the poor and the veteran of AZ & WV.

    2. Edward K. Draper Knaack    

      I’m also a native puertorican, with thirty years of service, including Viet Nam (1965-1966), where many of my fellow soldiers died. Why are we not included as a territory?

  27. Angel L Ortiz    

    Hi! I want to start by saying I was born and raised in New York City therefore, I am an American citizen. Afterwards, my parents moved to Puerto Rico which is part of the United States because everybody born here, is an American Citizen. I served in the army, went to Vietnam. I had lots of buddies, soldier from different states as we fought together and now they get more benefits because they live in the states and I don’t. I have to fight for the same rights and the same benefits that I earned serving my country. So, why is it I’m being discriminated from having the same rights and privileges? Now, VA says, depending on what state you live in, you have more privileges and benefits. We are not a state but we are part of the United States, we are American Citizens and we fought all the wars, side by side with the United States in World War 1, World War 2, Korea, Vietnam and the Gulf War. With all that and we still get discriminated. I’m not asking for special treatment, all I ask is to be treated “as equals”. We have earned it. Still, we have soldiers that gave the ultimate sacrifice “their life” tor this country and those who were injured, but still we are discriminated! Shouldn’t our lives count as those soldiers who lives in the states?

    1. Bill Frazier    

      Angel L Ortiz These benefits that everyone is talking about are State Benefits, each state offers different benefits. I live in the state of Louisiana, we don”t get anything. It is left up to each state if they offer any additional benefit since it is offered and paid for by the state and not by the VA or the Federal Gov. I hope this helps explain why you may not get any additional benefits, it is up to Puerto Rico what additional benefits you receive. I am also a Vietnam Veteran and I have had to fight for everything from the Va.

    2. Jose Mojena    

      I agree for what you say. Puerto Rico should be treythe same as any other state.

  28. Lisa Dibble    

    Contact the Disabled American Veterans organization. Their National Service Officers are incredibly knowledgeable and help you through the benefits process absolutely free. If you are denied, they are licensed by the Veterans court to represent you for an appeal. They write your legal briefs and keep you up to date through the whole process. They go through an incredible amount of training with a two year on the job training process and become attorney’s in fact when they are done. They are there to keep the promises that were made to our service men and women. Good luck. I hope this helps.

  29. Angel Rodriguez    

    What about the hundreds of thousand of VETERANS living in the US Territories and US Possessions?

    1. Bill Frazier    

      Angel L Ortiz These benefits that everyone is talking about are State Benefits, each state offers different benefits. I live in the state of Louisiana, we don”t get anything. It is left up to each state if they offer any additional benefit since it is offered and paid for by the state and not by the VA or the Federal Gov. I hope this helps explain why you may not get any additional benefits, it is up to Puerto Rico what additional benefits you receive. I am also a Vietnam Veteran and I have had to fight for everything from the Va.

  30. Charles Anderson    

    I have found the enemy and it is U.S. READ that I mean the $%^&* VA. The biggest joke is that the employees ate told to tell the veteran “Thank you for your service”. That phrase, coming from the VA, is the biggest insult the could give me. I’ve been fighting the VA for over 10 year for benefits I earned. All I ever get is the run around. I’ve submitted over 2,000 pages of documentation supporting my claims. President Trump said he was going to drain the swamp. I wish he would start with VA. He should abolish the VA or fire most of the employees. I don’t know one veteran that is happy with the VA’s service. This note has been written by a COMBAT veteran of the war in Vietnam. I believe the VA is just waiting for us to die so they don’t have to give us just compensation. Do the employees of the VA get a bonus? Do they get paid to screw us out of our benefits? Why doesn’t Trump abolish the VA and give all the money directly to the veterans? The VA has lied to me, falsified documents, reported tests they did NOT perform, changed test results, disrespected me, did not believe what I told them, ignored my requests to treat me, etc.

  31. Stanley L Celmer, Jr.    

    Hello,
    You list “Idaho’s most popular benefit are the reduced hunting & fishing license and tag fees.” Maybe so, but some of us are too old and/or broke down to take advantage of this benefit. But there’s another ID benefit that’s much more beneficial in my opinion.

    I’m a Idaho disabled veteran rated at 80% and receive 100% disabled dollar monies (unemployable). As of 2020 the ID legislator approved property tax relief up to $1,320. Last year (2019) they approved property tax relief if you were rated at “100% disabled.” The 80% disabled rating with 100% dollar monies (unemployable) did NOT qualify until this year 2020. Your paperwork must be filed every tax year prior to April 15th via your county tax assessor. I live in one of the highest income counties in the state, Latah County. Therefore my property taxes are very high and I’m looking forward to the $ reduction I’m eligible for – which is unknown at this time as it’s my first filing.
    NOTE:
    If you do a general search for ID disabled veteran property tax relief all you’ll find is the 100% disabled and NOT the NOW approved 80% (unemployable) as said above (obviously this needs to be updated). Questions? Call your county tax assessors office as they are well aware of the newly approved 80% qualifier.

    There’s also a property tax relief program called “Circuit Breaker.” The amount depends on your total household income. This is for the general public and veterans with a minimum of 10%. I suspect you could forgo the veteran route if not rated 10%.

    One of my main complaints of the VA system for disabled veteran benefits:
    1. There is NO info site that I’m aware of for the present day and NEW legislated approved state by state disabled veteran benefits. I have NEVER been ‘notified’ of any new benefits – ever. I get the ‘old’ news from my local disabled veteran rumor-mill friends.
    a. In fairness to the VA. The task would be massive effort and very expensive with beau-coup staff researching, compiling and constantly updating such information. I dunno, but once in place maybe there’s a computer program that could be developed for the continuous updating – obviously waaay over my pay grade.

  32. Larry Hannah    

    State of Kansas site is broken.

  33. nadir nevarez-berrios    

    Where I can read the answers to all this questions? Why Puerto Rico is not included in this list, and which are its benefits?

  34. Maria Reyes    

    Where do I get the information about Puerto Rico?

    1. Maria R. Appleby    

      Alabama

      “Alabama’s beautiful State Veterans Homes are our most popular Veteran benefit because we provide more than just skilled care to our heroes, we provide a home filled with love, honor, and compassion. With amazing support from our communities, we are able to provide activities and outings which keep our residents active and engaged and improve their quality of life. We currently have four State Veterans Homes all with waiting lists and are planning the construction of our fifth State Veterans Home.” – Kim Justice, executive director, State Veterans Homes.

      Veterans can learn more about the program at https://va.alabama.gov/vets-home-program/.

    2. Maria R. Appleby    

      Alabama VA https://va.alabama.gov/ then click on benefits & services at the top of the page.

  35. Stever Steve    

    Ha ha, the best benefit in Louisiana is “the close relationship we have with our 64 parishes”. At least they could of had somebody make something up. I know the best benefit in our area is the VA Hospital. Not sure how much the state has to do with that though.

    Still a lame response. They might as well have said “eh, Louisiana doesn’t really care that much about our Veterans, but we have a system in place because they said we have to”.

    Oh well, go Louisiana!

  36. OCTAVIO PEREZVELAZQUEZ    

    Good day! How about DC and territories?
    Puerto Rico
    US Virgin Islands
    Guam
    American Samoa
    Northern Mariana Islands

    1. Richard Boyd    

      I’m looking for Puerto Rico benefits also…

  37. John Crain    

    I am grateful for the compensation i recieve dont get me wrong. But since ive been a resident of texas not only have i become homeless several times being subject to a very one-sided statue of landlord vs tenant laws. I sought help through the VA which if you’ve ever been homeless, and dont have transportation, is virtually impossible to be all the places they want you to be. Also to communicate with all these different entities without stable internet and sometimes without a phone meanwhile trying to provide yourself and dependents with daily essentials. Their response to this was “well if you want it bad enough this is what you have to do.” Gee thanks! So not only has this been going on but they also took away half of my benefits because they sent a letter to some address that i havent had for atleast 5 years with a “review date” in which i would have to see a dr about my chronic disability. Since i never recieved the letter they just went ahead and cut my pay in half. I guess they figured a permanent disabity just magically cured itself?… All of this is leading to my declined health both physically and mentally.. When im not busy trying to survive without totally abonding my morals, Im usually praying that God see it fit to take me away from this life. Im not blaming the VA for my position, but it would have been nice to have someone on my side as they so boldly present themselves to be is all.

    1. Efrain Orona    

      We dont count were not citizens, but we can join their military and fight for them.

  38. William Young    

    Love all the Veterans license plates. Appears that each state charges for them. Pass… I’ll just slap on a bumper sticker for $2.00 and call it a day.

    1. Jeff    

      John — There is definitely help out there. If you need someone to talk with about your health related issues, you can start with Military One Source at 800-342-964. Stay Strong!

    2. Arvie Oswalt    

      Just remember, there is a good portion of the money given to veteran’s organizations to help vets.

  39. Aaron L Becker    

    I like how Missouri directs you to people who help you get a disability rating. 1 thing that every VA does. So basically Missouri offers nothing.

  40. Pablo Claudio    

    Territory’s of the US, like Puerto Rico, do not provide any benefits to Veterans?

  41. James Robert Myers, Jr.    

    Below is a short and brief life history of my last 48 years. I am an Air Force veteran, my job title was Fuel Specialist. I had many TDY’s to Da Nang and Siagon from Altus AFB in Oklahoma from 1972-1974. In my four years, my daily work was around asbestos and agent orange. It wasn’t until November of 2014 I got deathly sick and spent many months in the hospital. My doctors diagnosed me with Interstistal Lung Decease, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Congestive Heart Failure and Depression. From 2015 to present my life has turned completely around. I cannot work or do any fiscal labor. This decease took 42 years to show its ugly self.

    Summary: This may sound repetitive, many have probably heard this story many times. I had worked and was very healthy for 42 years and the world came crashing down. I retired at the age of 66 in 2018. I did not register at the VA until 2018 because I was working and had my health insurance paid for. The VA has been very good to me.
    I did file a claim thru the VVA at the VA in October 2019. I have received many letters saying that they are still reviewing my case. I know and was told that it could take months to get a decision.

    Last Question: Besides the VVA, can anyone direct me to a group or site that could give me any more Information or input.

    Thank You Kindky.

    1. Jackie Jackson    

      James Robert Myers Jr. Have you set up an EBENIFITS account? If not go to ebenifits.va.gov and setup an account it will allow you to track the progress of you claim and a lot of other helpful information is there.

      Sincerely,
      Jackie Jackson

  42. James Kelley    

    The Tennessee tax relief benefit incorrectly states that disabled veterans receive tax relief on $175,000 of the property’s assessed value. That should read $175,000 of the property’s market or appraised value. The assessed value is used for tax purposes and for $175.000 would be $43,750, which is 25% of the appraised value. The way it reads now would indicate a disabled veteran could receive tax relief on an appraised value four times greater that is actually allowed.

    1. William Melton    

      try calling the white house VA hot line . these people will actually get the local off their a** and do something. all this time to look at your case id ridiculous. give them a call it is free and will almost bet you get a call back form some one at VA about your case. good luck
      . experience: i have called them 3 times about different problems and they do work. .

  43. KELLY WORK    

    Your link for Iowa is broken.

  44. Nickalli Braaten    

    Seriously! The BEST benefit living in AZ is that Vets get to pay to have a special plate on their vehicle?!!?

  45. Chris Mahar    

    Near constant 503 and 504 gateway timeout errors on this website.

  46. E. Dechaux    

    It would be great if Veterans that are living out of the country (Mexico, Canada, Germany, etc.) could find out what they are eligible for.
    Semper Fi

    [Editor: This blog mentions the most popular non-federal, non-VA benefit administered by each state government. VA’s federal benefits and eligibility criteria are all listed on the va.gov webpage. For Veterans living OCONUS, this information will be helpful: https://www.benefits.va.gov/persona/veteran-abroad.asp ]

  47. Chris Mahar    

    What part of “Most Popular Benefit In Your STATE” is so hard for people to understand? 50 STATES, people. The article isn’t about territories or the district.

  48. Josue Urbina    

    A lot of information for states veterans but nothing for the Puerto Rico veterans. Find out how many servers in the Armed Forces are from each of the states as compare to the Puertorrican veterans. We are out of the scope in regard to benefits.

  49. Richard Dugger Sr.    

    I’ve had mixed opinions as far as benefits (not rights) are concerned. The VA has a big problems regarding “stolen valor” which effects all vets. I have no issues with the VA’s health/wellness care programs as well as other programs ie. Home loans, tax reductions etc.. Yeah, the time taken to get what a veteran determination is, a long and tedious process (mine took over 28 years to get resolved) but for good reason…….background checks takes time and it’s not foolproof as “non-vets” screw real vets over by stealing what they did not earn which in turn causes long delays. The State’s are doing what they can with what funds they have and for that I’m very grateful. Before you cast judgement on the VA, know what is a right vs a benefit. States offer vets both.

    There will always be scumbags trying to steal what they didn’t/don’t deserve hence the delays. I personally feel that our current (OIF, Afghanistan and other operations) vets should be first in line because what they (VA) discover medically with the current veterans benefits us older veterans ie. better screening, medical advancements etc.

  50. Laureano De Jesus    

    Good information however incomplete, it does not have the US territories which has proudly provided many veterans. Please take time to contact territories officials to improve information. We feel left out, thank you.

  51. Jan Buttler    

    I see the US Virgin Islands aren’t on your list either.
    And there are NO responses to any of the comments (from the VA)!!!! Aren’t you going to address these comments?

    [Editor: This blog includes a submission of the most popular non-federal state benefit from each of the 50 states.]

  52. Gordon Given    

    Thank you Nevada, and specifically Communications Director Julie Dudley. Seriously? That’s NOT a veteran benefit, that’s a ‘everyone who lives in Nevada’ benefit. I appreciate the list, but this one entry made me read it three times. I’m sure the author was laughing at the response that Nevada wanted to contribute.

    1. Amanda L Polk    

      This is exactly what I was coming to say! A veteran benefit for all lol. Couldnt think of anything better, eh?

  53. Iosefa Tufele    

    American Samoa is a U.S. Territory as well. So no benefits for those veterans as well?

    1. Agustín O. Acevedo Rosado    

      Están discriminando a los VETERANOS que residen en Puerto Rico ?”’

  54. Ismel Lugo    

    What about Puerto Rico? Of course nothing for us, they do not care about military.

  55. Jose Rivera    

    Served as an officer in Vietnam, but no state benefits listed here for my fellow vets in Puerto Rico. Sad.

  56. Christopher Velez    

    Were is Puerto Rico???
    I could’nt find it on the list..

    1. Johnny Blanco Dreher    

      Go to Pocketsense.com Benefits for Veterans in Puerto Rico. It has a lot of good information. Creanme, mis socios! Vayanse a esa pagina. Tiene un monton de buena informacion.

  57. Dante Melo    

    This is unbelievable. So, no information information on U.S. territories that have thousands of veterans. This is outrageous…

  58. Perry Jefferies    

    The Texas paragraph is woefully short. Yes, TVC will help file claims and is good at it but there is much more.  Veteran’s have access to the Veterans Land Board loan programs for land, home, home repairs.
    Disabled veterans get from 10 – 100% discount on property taxes.
    The Hazlewood Act allows Veteran’s or their families to attend state colleges fee free.
    Parks, licenses to carry, hunting and fishing licenses are all discounted for veterans.  
    See http://www.TexVet.org for a much better listing of the great benefits available to Texas Veterans.

  59. Ramon Aponte Pedrazà    

    Which are the benefits for ve terans from Puerto Rico? I dont see the island listed here,but if there is a conflict we are the first to be summoned.

  60. JUAN MARQUEZ    

    What about veterans live in Puerto Rico and Virgin Island? We are veterans too

  61. Roger Mason    

    What about Washington, DC?

    [Editor: Since D.C. isn’t a state, it wasn’t included in this list. However, it does have some unique non-federal features: https://ova.dc.gov/ ]

    1. Ana Vestal Vargas    

      Why isn’t Puerto Rico on the list? I’m born and raised in New York City but have been living in Puerto Rico for the past 22 years.

  62. George Lamar Wilkie    

    One most popular benefit? I would think the VA would have no problem posting an article listing EVERY state benefit for veterans. In the event we are looking to relocate to another state (that happens occasionally), a list of all veterans benefits for each state would be helpful.

    Well, here’s the ol’ Chief to the rescue! Enjoy:
    https://myarmybenefits.us.army.mil/Benefit-Library/State/Territory-Benefits/Tennessee

  63. Sandra LaBelle    

    Oregon also offers property tax discounts to Vets

  64. Jose G Segui    

    Where can I find the Benefits for Puerto Rico as listed for the states???

  65. Timothy B. Harvey    

    Thank you for the information. Very helpful!

  66. George A Miller    

    Puerto Rico Veterans don’t get swat. Here it’s even difficult for a Veteran to get food stamps or Section Eight Housing Vouchers.

  67. Javier G    

    The State of Texas has the best benefits for disabled veterans than any other state out there. you have pro-rated property taxes dependent upon your disability rating with 0 property tax for 100% disabled. For those with a rating 50% or above you’re entitled to register 1 vehicle at a special rate and receive DAV plates. Anywhere from 7-30 days Free airport parking for disabling vets. Free driver’s license, your exempt from some tolls, and most cities will waive their parking fees if you have DAV Plates.

  68. Derek    

    While veteran license plates are nice, the states that offer the tax breaks/exemptions are far the better for the vet.(I’d rather buy my own plates and take the $4,000-$XXX off of my taxes) and is/her family, WV and a couple of others have it right offering free tuition. Virginia’s claims/appeals assistance is also very nice, easy to get shuffled around and under the carpet in big government. Free/reduced hunting/fishing is nice too…but not all DV’s could take advantage of that. Something’s always better than nothing I suppose.

  69. David Grant    

    Oregon has lots of great benefits. The plate for your car is probably the least useful. The two emails I received said that the state’s benefits would be published. All I got was license plates. Am I using this wrong or are we getting only one per state?

  70. Iosefa Tufele    

    Greetings Veterans Benefits 2020,
    So, these Veterans Benefits are only for the 50 states, AND none for the U. S. Territories? So, those who serve and die for the United States Armed Forces who are from the U. S.Territories do not belong? Similar to the State of Colorado’s situation.
    Why do you bother publishing or advertising these announcements? It does not sit right. I served 34 years in the U.S. Army and here we are – so much for “thank you for your service.” It is alright, God loves you, too.

    [Editor: This blog highlights the most popular non-federal, non-VA benefit from each state. These state benefits are separate from us, the federal Department of Veterans Affairs. All 50 states and territories have equal access to VA’s federal benefits. This blog merely highlights one benefit from each state government.]

  71. Richard Rogers    

    Most of these listed benefit a select few, or are a feature of a State political tactic, benefiting no one. Vanity license plates are not a benefit. Poor choice of a blog topic, unless you want to point out the vanity of State Veterans programs. There are one or two exceptions, but the popular benefit of these States is apparently unknown to your sources. So they aren’t mentioned.

    [Editor: Each state sent us its most popular benefit and description.]

  72. Jose Nigaglioni    

    No info. for Puerto Rican Veterans?

    Quino

  73. Brian Boschen    

    What about the Territories (VI, PR, etc.)? Did you mean to leave us off the list if “States”?

  74. Brian Clark    

    Virginia is the absolute worst.

    Code of Virginia:
    “Disabled veteran” means a veteran who has been found by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or by the retirement board of one of the several branches of the armed forces to have a compensable service-connected permanent and total disability.

    Note the last four words – permanent and total disability….more from the code of Virginia:

    Permanent and Total disability, refers to veterans whose disabilities are total (rated 100% disabling by VA) and permanent (zero or close to zero chance of improvement).

    So Disabled Veteran = 100% rated…..

    Further:

    “Service disabled veteran” means a veteran who (i) served in the active military, naval, or air service, (ii) was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable, and (iii) has a service-connected disability rating fixed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

    A search in the Code of Virginia for “service disabled veteran” yields only the definition and benefits for service disabled veteran owned businesses, already codified in Federal Law.

    NO non-business benefits outlined for “service disabled veterans” in Virginia. None. 99% or less rated disabled vet ? NADA…

    Sure, we have disabled vet tags!
    Regular registration fees PLUS a $10 fee!

    “Effective July 1, 2015, any veteran with a service-connected disability certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) may purchase Disabled Veteran special plates, subject to all applicable registration fees and a special plate fee of $10.”

    1. Stewsburg    

      Just as an FYI, we live in VA and receive multiple benefits. The following are the biggest: 100% homestead tax exemption, very easy to obtain during closing process. Our children also go to college free as long as we have been residents for at least 5 years before they enter.
      I’d say that’s a whole lot more than “squat”. I can’t help you with info on less than 100%, but maybe you’ve been looking in the wrong places?

  75. Donald Wagers    

    If you live in Mississippi do kids and spouse get to go to college free like Indiana

  76. Cary D. Orlandi    

    So, the Arizona benefit is paying more for a license plate than you would without having an arrow pointed at you – in other words, you pay again for the benefit.

    1. Chris Mahar    

      Right. The “benefit” in Arizona is to pay extra for a license plate. This list might have been put together with good intentions, but only the briefest research went into it. The Nevada entry is a joke. This is pretty typical mediocre VA crap. It might make more sense to research things that ACTUALLY BENEFIT VETERANS before writing your next article. If a state genuinely does not provide any benefits to veterans, then say so in the article. Also, significant server issues kept me from loading the webpage, and it took several tries before the article would finally load. Several times I got 503 errors, and web page not available errors. And OBTW, in Arizona you can get the word ‘Veteran’ added to your drivers license, which gets you 10% off at Carl’s Jr. and sometimes other benefits. That’s way better than a license plate you have to pay extra for.

      1. Amanda L Polk    

        Nevada entry is indeed a joke. Funny our state cant think of anything else.

  77. Monè Jones    

    NY gets $20 in a food voucher… Horrible. No wonder why NYC has so many homeless veterans sleeping on the street

  78. Adam    

    I couldn’t even get it to download.

  79. Chris C    

    There is nothing listed for those that live in the Nations Capitol – Washington DC

  80. William Christmas    

    This article is ridiculous. Mississippi has some amazing benefits for its vets. Yet it isn’t even listed in this lineup. Those who read stuff like this will get disappointed. Call your local VA and check on your state benefits, don’t rely on fluff/revenue pieces like this. And Mr Stump – check this list. Errors in links and missing states benefits tell me you produced this in a hurry. The standard is not acceptable for local consumption, let alone something published under the VA banner.

    [Editor: Mississippi is, in fact, in the blog’s list.]

  81. Alistair Funge    

    Virginia has a property tax exemption (portion of lot/value) and free tuition for dependents of 100% disabled Vets.

  82. Samuel David    

    Thanks a lot for sharing these benefits. Seriously I don’t have words to thanks.

  83. US veteran    

    Nebraska’s most popular benefit is to be a registered veteran?

    1. Jack    

      Ha! Take that Nebraskans!

  84. Irene Ramirez Dragustinovich    

    So basically Texas veterans don’t get squat. Not surprised. At least VA is consistent. The claims process? Lol. Still waiting 8 years later.

    [Editor: This blog highlights non-federal benefits passed by state governments for their state’s Veterans.]

    1. Wells Herman    

      Texas has multiple benefits for veterans. Please take a look at the Texas VA site.

    2. PJ    

      Actually, Texas has much more, such as Hazelwood. This was just what someone thought was the most important.

    3. Claudette Hendricks    

      You should look at this booklet about all the benefits in the state of Texas: https://www.tvc.texas.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/TVC-Vets-Benefits-Book-BW-Apr-10-2018.pdf . Seems Texas offers a lot of benefits to veterans. Here in Florida, they offer benefits but nothing great unless you’re 100% disabled. I must say that my benefits are great as a 100% disabled vet, but it’s difficult to use any of them and that’s where the state gets you, after all how am I going to hunt and fish when I can barely move at 54 years old? I would like to do that but can’t and they give me free licenses… lol. The free homestead taxes are good though. Good luck to you, it took some of my claims many appeals through the highest courts, 11 years to settle.

    4. Grace M Walters    

      Having trouble getting your VA disability approved? Make sure you get a Power of Attorney signed at your states main DAV office. They are school trained to get veteran’s the compensation they deserve!

      1. Johnathan Fuller    

        @Grace I too cannot say enough good things about DAV. If anyone out there is wondering which VSO should do your VA claim use the DAV.

  85. JOHN GROTLUSCHEn    

    colorado link sucks only goes to a winter sports event
    so colorado does not support veterans
    there are no benefits in colorado for veterans

    1. Alistair Funge    

      Colorado has some property tax exemptions for Vets with 100% rating.

    2. George Shileikis    

      Not true John, Colorado offer many benefits and recognition to Veterans starting with a simple but helpful logo on your Drivers License of your branch of service. Quick proof to many that you served in the military. Also if you are Retired, the 1st $20,000 of your Retirement pay is Tax Free. They offer every Branch and many Unit License Plates for your vehicle. One of the biggest benefits is the number of VA Clinics in the state, two within 20 miles of my house, to VA hospital within 60 miles and are easy to get appointment to, in normal times. COVID has impacted service somewhat as it has every other medical facility in the US.

    3. George Shileikis    

      Not true John, Colorado offer many benefits and recognition for Veterans starting with a simple but helpful logo on your Drivers License of your branch of service. Quick proof to many that you served in the military. Also if you are Retired, the 1st $20,000 of your Retirement pay is Tax Free. They offer every Branch and many Unit License Plates for your vehicle. One of the biggest benefits is the number of VA Clinics in the state, two within 20 miles of my house, two VA hospital within 60 miles and are easy to get an appointment with, in normal times. COVID has impacted service somewhat as it has every other medical facility in the US.

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