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Arkansas Veterans Benefits & Disabled Veterans Benefits

Arkansas Veterans Benefits

Arkansas State Veterans Benefits

There are many federal programs for veterans, but there are also programs for veterans in the state of Arkansas. You can also learn about veterans’ benefits in other states.

Education Benefits

In addition to federal programs such as the GI Bill, there are state-level veteran education benefits programs provided in Arkansas. You can also learn about veterans’ benefits in other states.

Free Tuition for Military Spouses and Dependents

The Arkansas Department of Higher Education offers qualifying military spouses and dependent children a waiver of tuition and fees at any state-supported college, university, technical school, or vocational school. This is offered to Arkansas families where the service member was killed in action or declared a POW or MIA since January 1, 1960.

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Arkansas National Guard Tuition Assistance Program

This program offers assistance with college tuition for qualifying Arkansas National Guard members for tuition; up to $1,000 per semester for eight semesters in accredited Arkansas institutions for full-time students.

The tuition assistance is pro-rated for part-time students. Funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis and once the current year’s funding is gone the program may be suspended until the next fiscal year.

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Arkansas Public College In-State Tuition Policy For Military Families

Military members and their families may qualify for in-state college rates regardless of residency if they meet state requirements. Those requirements include meeting at least one of the following:

  • The veteran was discharged or released from a period of not less than ninety (90) days of active duty “within three years before the date of enrollment in a program of study.”
  • The applicant is a dependent of a qualifying veteran.
  • The applicant is a member of the armed forces.
  • The applicant is a spouse of a military member.

Read more: Guard and Reserve Education Benefits

Read more: Post 9/11 GI Bill Guide for Spouses and Dependents

Housing Benefits For Veterans In Arkansas

Homestead and Personal Property Tax Exemption

Qualifying disabled veterans in Arkansas may be exempt from state homestead or personal property taxes. This is true of vets with qualifying disabilities (see below) who draw “special monthly compensation” from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Qualifying disabilities include:

  • Loss or loss of use of one or more limbs.
  • Total blindness in one or both eyes
  • Those with a VA disability rating of 100%

Unremarried surviving spouses and dependent children may also qualify. Those who qualify for this benefit must recertify annually.

Health Care Benefits For Veterans In Arkansas

Arkansas State Veterans Homes

The State of Arkansas operates two veteran’s homes; one location is in Little Rock, the other is in Fayetteville. General admissions criteria include having an honorable discharge, and a demonstrated medical need for nursing home care. Services offered these two facilities may include:

  • Hospice care
  • 24/7 RN, LPN, CNA skilled care
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational and speech therapy
  • Coordinated daily activities
  • Personal laundry service

Residency is limited to under 100 patients and services may vary depending on location.

Other Benefits For Veterans In Arkansas

Arkansas Military Retirement Pay is Exempt from State Taxes

Military retirement pay is exempt from Arkansas state income taxes. Other tax considerations for military retirement pay and benefits may be applicable depending on the tax year; if you are not sure which tax options are available to you before filing your current taxes, consult with a tax professional.

Gross Receipt of Tax Exemption

Veterans who are blind as a result of a service-connected injury may be entitled to a tax exemption on “gross receipts or proceeds derived from the sale of a new automobile”. You are required to have a relevant entitlement letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs, and this tax break is only available for one vehicle every two years. Tax laws are subject to frequent change; what applies in one tax year may change the next year, depending on circumstances.

If you aren’t sure about the current year’s state and federal tax rules as they apply to veterans, contact a tax professional for advice.

The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services

This state department offers employment counseling and referral services specifically for veterans, including job creation and hiring preference programs. Two of those options are the Local Veterans Employment Representatives program and the Disabled Veterans Outreach program.

Arkansas State Burial Benefits

The State of Arkansas operates two state veterans’ cemeteries. One is located in North Little Rock, and the other is located in Birdeye, Arkansas. Pre-registration is allowed and requires:

  • The veteran’s proof of military discharge
  • A pre-eligibility application.
  • Marriage documentation where applicable
  • Payment for the family’s out-of-pocket costs at burial time (applicable when burying a spouse or dependent).

Gravesites and interment niches cannot be reserved. Burial services available to qualifying veterans and their families include:

  • Fee-free veteran interment.
  • The gravesite, opening, and closing of the grave.
  • Perpetual care.
  • Upright federal government supplied headstone or niche cover.
  • A burial flag, provided by the funeral home.
  • Military honors, arranged by the funeral home.

For more information regarding Alabama veterans benefits, please visit the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs.

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