The following are the Delaware veterans’ benefits programs for 2018 and 2019. These include programs in the areas of housing, health care, employment and education.
Delaware Veterans’ Benefits
Education Benefits for Veterans in Delaware
In addition to federal programs such as the GI Bill, there are veterans’ benefits programs provided by the states.
Education Benefits for Active Members of the Delaware National Guard
Any active member of a federally recognized unit of the Delaware National Guard, who meets the requirements for satisfactory membership as defined by the Adjutant General of the Delaware National Guard, shall be eligible for funding support by the Delaware National Guard for certain post-secondary education tuition and fees up to 100%.
RELATED: National Guard Tuition Assistance
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Education Benefits for Children of Deceased Veterans
Children of military members who was killed while on active duty or who died from disease, wounds, injuries or disabilities arising or resulting from performance of duty as well as children of POW/MIA members are eligible for up to four years of free college.
The college doesn’t need to be in the state of Delaware.
The child must be between 16 – 24 years old and a resident of Delaware for at least three years prior to the date of application
RELATED: Scholarships for Gold Star Families
Housing Benefits for Veterans in Delaware
Delaware Joining Forces
The Delaware Joining Forces network is to help improve the quality of life and welfare for military service members, veterans, and their families in the state of Delaware. They provide help with financial and legal assistance, job training and employment, homelessness and housing, behavioral health and wellness, and education.
The network is made up of state agencies, as well as external service providers who proactively work together to provide solutions for military members, veterans, and their families. This network is a collaborative effort led by the Delaware National Guard, Delaware Health and Social Services, and the Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs (DCVA.)
Health Care Benefits for Veterans in Delaware
Delaware Veterans Home
The Delaware Veterans Home was established in 2007 and is at 100 Delaware Veterans Blvd. in Milford, Delaware. This home is a 150 bed long-term care facility that offers skilled nursing services as well as a special needs unit to serve those who suffer from dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.
In order to be able to use this home, a veteran will need to have been honorably discharged from active service, be a national guard service member or be a reservist who is eligible for retirement pay at age 60, or a veteran who has served on active duty at least 180 days. Those days do not have to be consecutive. The veteran must also currently reside in the state of Delaware for three years or more prior to their application and also must meet federal and state requirements for needing a skilled nursing home level of care.
Employment Benefits for Veterans in Delaware
Delaware does have Veterans’ Preference for veterans who have successfully met the minimum qualifications as well as special qualifications for their position. They will be granted the appropriate preference points which will be added to their total ranking score.
Preference will be given to applicants who are veterans of the Armed Forces of the United States who served as an active member and were honorably discharged, or are members of the Delaware National Guard or a Reserve unit located in Delaware, with at least 20 years of membership.
They can also be a spouse of a veteran or member who qualifies who has died, as long as they have not remarried. They can also be a spouse of any member of the armed forces serving on active duty, who is listed in one of these categories for a total of 90 or more days: 1. Missing in action. 2. Captured in the line of duty. 3. Forcibly detained or interned in the line of duty by a foreign government or power. A spouse of any veteran or member that qualifies for veterans preference who has a disability resulting from a service connected disability can also receive this preference..
Veterans’ Preference is confined to original entrance to State Merit employment and not applied to promotions or retention.
10 points will be added to a disabled veterans score, with 5 points added to all other eligible veterans. In the case of the spouse, they would be awarded the amount of points that was entitled to their veteran.
Pension Benefits for Paraplegic Veterans
Any veteran who is a paraplegic, that is eligible for benefits, shall receive a pension from the State of Delaware for $3,000 a year, payable in equal monthly installments. The veteran must file evidence with the Pension office that they are a paraplegic and fully disabled. The disability must be a direct result of service in the Armed Forces of the United States in a period of war.
Veterans Opportunity Credit
If you are an employer and you have hired veterans, you can receive a tax credit. The employer will be eligible for the credit during the year that the qualified veteran is hired and for two taxable years after that. The tax credit will be 10% of the qualified veteran’s wages, up to a maximum of $1,500. A qualified veteran is a veteran who has served in a hostile environment such as Iraq and Afghanistan.
Military Retirement Pay and Taxes
Veterans in Delaware, up to age 60, may exclude up to $2,000 of military retirement pay from state taxes. Those who are 60 or older can exclude up to $12,500.
For more information regarding Delaware veterans benefits, please visit – Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs
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