The following are the Arkansas veterans’ benefits programs for 2018. These programs include education, employment, healthcare and housing.
In addition to federal programs such as the GI Bill, there are education benefits programs provided by the state of Arkansas to veterans.
Free Tuition for Dependents
The Arkansas Department of Higher Education may provide free tuition and fees at any state supported college, university, technical school, or vocational school; to the wife and children of any Arkansan who has been declared to be POW or MIA since January 1, 1960. The same provisions apply to the surviving spouse and children of any Arkansas resident killed in action since 1960.
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Arkansas National Guard Tuition Assistance Program (NGTA)
Free college tuition for all Guardsmen for tuition only up to 120 credit hours.
RELATED: Tuition Assistance
Homestead and Personal Property Tax Exemption
Any disabled veteran in Arkansas who has been awarded special monthly compensation by the Department of Veterans Affairs will be exempt from having to pay state taxes on their homestead or personal property as long as they own it. This is for veterans who have lost their limbs or the use of one or more limbs, have total blindness in one or both eyes, or for those who have service-connected total and permanent disability at the rate of 100%.
For surviving spouses, as long as they do remain unmarried, they and their minor dependent children will be able to continue this entitlement. If the veteran was killed or died during military duties, is missing in action, or died from service connected causes as certified by the Department of Veterans Affairs, they can also receive these benefits. If a subsequent marriage is terminated, the surviving spouse can be reinstated.
If you receive this benefit, you will need to have annual re-certification of continued entitlement by the VA.
Arkansas State Veterans Home at Fayetteville
This veterans home welcomed their first resident in 2006 and they are a licensed Medicaid/Medicare 108 bed skilled care nursing facility that provides a comfortable and supportive atmosphere for veterans. They operate under the direction of the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs and have been approved and recognized by the Federal Veterans Administration as a qualified state veterans home.
The home is for those who are honorably discharged, are a veteran, a veteran spouse, or a gold star parent, and have a medical need for nursing home placement. Priority is also given to Arkansas residents.
Arkansas State Veterans Home at North Little Rock
Ground broke on this veterans home in 2015. This home has the sole purpose of long-term care for veterans. They have a small home design where there are eight individual houses that serve 12 resistances each. Each resident will have their own private bedroom and bathroom. In order to apply you would need to have an honorable discharge, have a medical need for a nursing home placement, and be a veteran, a veteran spouse, or a gold star parent. Arkansas residents do have first priority.
Arkansas Military Retirement Pay is Exempt from State Taxes
Military retirement pay is exempt from Arkansas state income taxes. This is effective as of January 1, 2018.
Gross Receipt of Tax Exemption
If a veteran is blind as a result of a service-connected injury, any gross receipts or proceeds derived from the sale of a new automobile will receive a tax exemption. Registration requires you to have an entitlement letter from the VA and you would be limited to one new vehicle every two years. For this exemption, an automobile is a passenger vehicle or pickup truck but does not include trucks with a maximum gross load in excess of ¾ ton and cannot include a trailer.
The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services
This program provides employment counseling and referral services that are tailored to the special needs of veterans. They also have an ongoing program of job development that is designed to create jobs and preferences for all veterans through the Local Veterans Employment Representatives (LVER) and the Disabled Veterans Outreach program (DVOP.)
For more information regarding Alabama veterans benefits, please visit – Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs
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