Connecticut Veterans’ Benefits 2018

The following are the Connecticut veterans’ benefits programs for 2018.

Education Benefits for Connecticut Veterans

In addition to federal programs such as the GI Bill, there are veterans’ benefits programs provided by the states.

Veterans Tuition Waiver

Tuition and fees at State Regional Community & Technical Colleges as well as State Universities may be waived for Connecticut resident veterans who served at least 90 days of active duty during a period of war.

A veteran’s dependents can also qualify for the tuition waiver if the veteran is declared missing in action while serving in the armed forces after January 1, 1960.

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Connecticut National Guard

100% tuition for members

Housing Benefits for Connecticut Veterans

Property Taxes

Veterans who have 90 days of wartime service, to include Merchant Marines who served during WWII, will be eligible for a $1,500 property tax exemption. Veterans who are below a certain income level and/or disabled veterans will be eligible for additional property tax exemptions. Surviving spouses of veterans may also be eligible for this benefit.

Patriots’ Landing Houses

These houses are located on West Street in Rocky Hill. There are five separate single family three bedroom homes that can accommodate veterans, their spouses, and their children. All of the houses are furnished, have kitchen supplies, bedding, furniture, washers and dryers, and full kitchens. All of the houses are smoke free and pets are not allowed but there can be exceptions for verified service animals.

Housing is provided on a month to month basis, not to exceed 12 months unless extended by the DVA. Participants are expected to pay a monthly housing program fee. If you live in these homes, you will be expected to comply with all the terms and conditions listed in the Patriots’ Landing Temporary Housing Program Agreement. A case manager will be assigned to assist couples and families with individual recovery plans to help return them to independent living in the community.

In order to qualify you will need to be a veteran that was honorably discharged from or released under honorable conditions from active service in the Armed Forces and be a current resident of Connecticut or a resident at the time of your enlistment or induction in the Armed Forces.

Healthcare Benefits for Connecticut Veterans

Pretrial Diversionary Programs

This law allows veterans to participate in accelerated rehabilitation twice, instead of just once which is what is normally allowed by law for non-veterans. This program is available for people who are accused of certain crimes or motor vehicle violations. The program also allows the veteran that is participating in the pretrial drug education program or those with certain mental health conditions that are amenable to treatment, be able to be assigned to state and federal Departments of Veterans Affairs Services instead of services from the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

Other Than Honorable (OTH) Discharge and State and Municipal Benefits

As of October 1, 2018, benefits that were previously available to veterans who were honorably discharged or released under honorable conditions from military service will now be available to those who received an OTH discharge.

In order to be eligible for this, you would need to be diagnosed with one or more of these:

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) resulting from military service.
  • A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) from military service.
  • Experienced military sexual trauma (MST.)

These diagnoses need to be done by someone who is licenced to provide health care services at a United States Department of Veterans Affairs Facility.

Residential Facility

The Residential Facility provides veterans with a community living environment with a continuum of wrap around rehabilitation services and programs. Social Workers, Residential Workers, a Vocational Rehabilitation Coordinator, a Therapeutic Recreation Therapist, as well as Case Managers help assist the veterans in helping develop an individualized plan which will outline their goals and objectives in order to return to independent living.

The services available at the Residential Facility also help with employment and education, social work and case management, collaborative partnerships, recovery support, veteran entertainment and technology, a veteran fitness center, nutritional services, recreations and activities, transportation services, and spiritual and religious services.

In order to qualify you will need to be a veteran that was honorably discharged from or released under honorable conditions from active service in the Armed Forces and be a current resident of Connecticut or a resident at the time of your enlistment or induction in the Armed Forces.

The SGT John L. Levitow Healthcare Center

The SGT John L. Levitow Healthcare Center at the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs is licensed by the Connecticut Department of Public Health as a chronic disease hospital that provides long-term care to veterans with chronic and disabling medical conditions.

These conditions include but are not limited to: heart and lung disease, stroke, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and other dementias.

There is a sense of community at the The SGT John L. Levitow Healthcare Center. Veterans live in private or semi-private rooms with en suite bathrooms. There is a highly trained staff that is dedicated to providing compassionate care to help meet the needs of the veterans.

Employment Benefits for Connecticut Veterans

CT Veteran Owned Micro Business Certification

Businesses in Connecticut that are a veteran owned micro business shall be afforded a 15% price preference in the determination of the lowest responsible qualified bidder by the Connecticut Department of Administrative Services.

In order to receive that 15%, a veteran would need to first obtain a Veteran-Owned Micro Business Certification from the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs. This certification is valid for one year or until a business is no longer in compliance with statutory requirements, whichever comes first.

Retirement Taxes

The Connecticut state law exempts federally taxable military retirement pay from state income tax.

Veterans Agriculture Program

The Veterans Agriculture Program gives a tax incentive to those veterans who start a farming business. The law also relaxes the conditions eligible veterans must meet to qualify for a sales and use tax exemption permit for property used exclusively in commercial agricultural production.

Leaving Employment For Military Service

Any employee who leaves any public authority or public agency to enter the armed forces can be reinstated in their former position as long as they re-apply within 90 days following the receipt of a certificate from the Armed Forces confirming satisfactory service.

State Exams

Wartime veterans that are eligible for receiving VA compensation will receive an additional 10 points on their classified competitve state exams. If you are a wartime veteran that is not eligible for VA compensation or a pension, you will receive 5 additional points. The spouse of an eligible veteran can also qualify.

Either the veteran or the spouse will need to achieve a passing grade on the examination score. If an honorably discharged veteran has served in a military action for which he or she received or is entitled to a campaign badges or expeditionary medal, he or she will receive 5 additional points if they receive a passing grade on the examination.

In addition, for a competitive municipal examination, a wartime veteran that is eligible for VA compensation or a pension, can receive 10 additional points if they receive a passing score. A wartime veteran who is not eligible for VA compensation or pension will receive five.

 

For more information regarding Alabama veterans benefits, please visit – Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs

 

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