The following are the Hawaii veterans’ benefits programs in 2018.
Education Benefits for Hawaii’s Veterans
In addition to federal programs such as the GI Bill, there are veterans’ benefits programs provided by the state of Hawaii.
The Hawaii Army National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program (STAP)
Offers tuition waivers for eligible soldiers who have completed Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training. The waiver covers 100% of your tuition if you are a community college student, and 50% of your tuition if you are a four-year university student.
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Housing Benefits for Hawaii’s Veterans
Hawaii does offer awards for qualifying veterans with disabilities. The VA housing award will give qualified veterans with a payment up to $5,000 for remodeling or purchasing a handicap accessible home. There are also additional programs that can provide tax exemptions on real property owned by veterans with disabilities or the surviving spouses of disabled service members. The Award of payment is pending the availability of state funds and veteran affairs approval.
There are also tax exemptions on passenger cars when they are owned by totally disabled veterans and subsidized by the Department of Veterans Affairs. This benefit does vary by island.
Healthcare Benefits for Hawaii’s Veterans
The Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home
Hawaii does have a veterans home called the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home in Hilo. This is the first and only veterans home in Hawaii. The home has large private rooms and semi-private suites. They have weekly events such as live music and movie nights.
In order to be admitted to the veterans home you would need to qualify with this criteria:
- The applicant must be a veteran in good standing, meet the general eligibility for VA benefits, and be over 55 years of age.
- The applicant needs to be a resident of the state of Hawaii before he or she joined the military, and/or a resident of the state of Hawaii for more than a year before apply for the veterans home.
- The applicant will need to require skilled nursing care.
Spouses might be eligible for applying depending on space at the facility.
Employment Benefits for Hawaii’s Veterans
Employment Preference For Civil Service
A veteran can receive Preference Points for Open Competitive Recruitments in Civil Service. A veteran can receive 5 points if they are not disabled, 10 points if they are a disabled veteran. The veteran will need to submit proof of their military service and disability.
Office of Veterans Affairs
The Hawaii Office of Veterans Affairs primary service is advocacy. They can take action on behalf of veterans , their families, and survivors to make sure they are able to get the appropriate rights, benefits, and services. They also offer short-term counseling, Informational and referral, VA claims, forms, and appeals assistance, Outreach, VA benefits assistance, and Burial assistance.
For more information regarding Hawaii veterans benefits, please visit – Hawaii Office of Veterans Services
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