The following are the Arizona veterans’ benefits programs for education, housing, healthcare and employment for 2018.
Arizona Veterans’ Benefits
Education Benefits for Arizona Veterans
In addition to federal programs such as the GI Bill, there are veterans’ education benefits programs provided by the state of Arizona.
Arizona Purple Heart Tuition Waiver
This scholarship is available to:
- Post 9/11 veterans with at least a 50 percent VA disability, a Purple Heart medal, and who were Arizona residents during their service
- Dependent children under 30 and un-remarried spouses of Arizona military member who were killed in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001
- Post 9/11 Arizona guard members who were medically discharged or received a Purple Heart.
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Healthcare Benefits for Arizona Veterans
Arizona State Veteran Home
The Arizona State Veteran Home has been caring for veterans and their spouses who can no longer take care of themselves since 1995. They are a 200 bed skilled care nursing facility that is operated and maintained by the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services. It is located in Phoenix and has a mission to serve America’s heroes by providing compassionate, professional care in a comfortable home-like environment.
The Arizona Military Family Relief Fund
The Arizona Military Family Relief Fund was established in 2007 by the Arizona Legislature. This fund provides financial assistance to the families of currently deployed service members as well as Post-9/11 Military and Veteran families for the hardships that were caused by the service member’s deployment to a combat zone. There was an update in 2018 to include Pre-9/11 applicants who meet all three of the qualifying MFRF criteria. Donors can designate half of their tax credit contribution to either the Post-9/11 or Pre-9/11 program fund.
Housing Benefits for Arizona Veterans
Any property that belongs to widows and widowers of veterans or disabled veterans who are residents of Arizona are exempt from taxation if allowed by the law and the conditions are met. These exemptions are allowed in the amount of $3,000 if the person’s total assessment doesn’t exceed ten thousand dollars. There is no exemption if the person’s total assessment exceeds ten thousand dollars. Vehicles will not be included in the assessment for the exemption.
The total income from all sources of the claimant and the claimant’s spouse as well as any income from the claimant’s children who live with the claimant in the year immediately preceding the year that they apply for the exemption can not exceed: $13,200, if none of the claimant’s children under eighteen years of age reside in the claimant’s home. It would be $18,840 if one or more of the children reside in the resistance and were either under eighteen years of age, or totally and permanently, physically or mentally disabled, as certified by law.
This exemption is applied to real estate first, then to a mobile home or automobile.
Employment Benefits for Arizona Veterans
Honorably discharged veterans shall be eligible for employment preference, rights, and privileges under any merit system, regardless of their age, if they are qualified for that position.
Veterans who have served for more than six months and were separated under honorable conditions can have 5 points added to their certification score for the examination for employment by the state, county, or city. If you are a veteran who has a service-connected disability, you will have 10 points added to your score. Certain spouses or surviving spouses will be given the 5 point preference if their veteran did die of a service-connected disability or while serving on active duty, is missing in action, captured, or forcibly detained or interned by a foreign power, or who has a total and permanent service-connected disability or died while the disability was in force.
If you are a member of a fire company and inducted into the US military for training, you are authorized reinstatement to your previous rating after you are discharged from the military.
Police and Fire Department
Your period of military service will also be included in determining your eligibility for retirement.
Reserve Status/War Emergency
If you are called to service during a time of war or because of your status as an active or inactive member of the reserves, you will be reinstated to your former position upon completion of your military service if you are an officer or employee of the state or of a political subdivision.
Credit For Military Service For State Retirement Benefits
If you are a participant in the state system or plan, you may receive credited past service or future service for your time in active military service if you were honorably discharged from the service. This is as long as the credit that you do receive credit for, is not on account with any other retirement system.
Arizona Military Taxes
Military retirement payments up to $2,500 per year are exempt from state taxes.
As of 2006, Arizona does not tax active duty pay. As of 2007, members of the national guard and reserves can subtract what they have made during military service and that pay that was subtracted will be excluded from state taxes. Any work performed as a national guard member or reserves member can be excluded including weekend duty and the two weeks of active duty that happens once a year. For national guard members this also includes when activated in a state capacity.
Professional and Occupational Licenses
If you are a funeral director, embalmer, or apprentice embalmer who serves in the armed forces during a time of war, you will be exempt from paying renewal licence fees for the duration of the war and six months thereafter for six months after your discharge from the military.
Arizona Veteran Employment Roadmap
The Arizona Veteran Employment Roadmap is developed in partnership by the Arizona Department of Veterans Services, Arizona Coalition for Military Families, and many public and private sector partners and shareholders to focus on connecting service members, veterans, and their family members to employment opportunities, training, and resources.
Veterans Tool Kit Program
This program is to help unemployed veterans get the supplies they need to start working. Qualified veterans must live in Arizona, be enrolled in an Arizona Department of Economic Security Employment Program, and identify the job they need supplies for. This program will offer $150,000 over the course of this fiscal year, with a limit of $750 per veteran. This amount could change year to year.
Arizona DES Employment Services
Through DES Employment Services, special disabled veterans, disabled veterans, eligible veterans, and eligible spouses can find help through their Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Representative (DVOP) and Local Veterans Employment Representative (LVER) programs.
For more information regarding Arizona veterans benefits, please visit – Arizona Department of Veterans Affairs
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PAY AND BENEFITS UPDATES FOR 2019: