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Idaho Veterans Benefits & Disabled Veterans Benefits

Idaho Veterans Benefits

The following are the Idaho veterans’ benefits programs for education, employment, housing and heathcare for 2018 and 2019.

Idaho Veterans’ Benefits 2019

Education Benefits for Idaho’s Veterans

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

Idaho Army National Guard

Soldiers who complete basic training and are in a drilling status can receive up to $5,000 each year in state tuition assistance and associated costs through the program for educational purposes ranging from undergraduate degrees to vocational certifications

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Housing Benefits for Idaho’s Veterans

Property Tax Reductions and Exemptions (Circuit Breaker)

Veterans who have a 10% or greater service-connected disability or those who receive a pension from Veterans Affairs for a non-service-connected disability can qualify for the Circuit Breaker when they meet the residency and income requirements.

Veterans Property Tax Reduction

Veterans who have a 100% service-connected disability may apply to reduce their property taxes by as much as $1,320. They will need to have owned and lived in a home in Idaho that was their primary residence before April 15, 2019. The property must have a current homeowner’s exemption. The property can also be a mobile home.

Healthcare Benefits for Idaho’s Veterans

Idaho Veterans Home

There are three veterans homes in Idaho. All three have the goal of providing responsive medical and supportive care to veterans who can no longer provide for themselves. The environment that supports privacy, independence, comfort and security, while also meeting their social needs.

The veterans homes are in Boise with a 131 bed skilled nursing unit, 36 bed residential unit, and a special care unit. The homes in Lewiston and Pocatello each have 66 bed skilled nursing facilities.

Applicants need:

  • To be peacetime or wartime veterans, or a spouse, where wartime veterans having priority.
  • To have served at least 90 days, with a honorable discharge.
  • To be a resident of a State of Idaho at the time of applying.
  • To apply or be in receipt of a VA pension, and Aid and Attendance.
  • To be eligible and apply for Medicaid benefits or pay the current maximum monthly charge.

Financial Assistance

There is a $1,000 grant for wartime veterans in need of assistance in the cases of extreme emergency. The veteran will have needed to have entered the military from Idaho, or have lived within the state for at least five years. The event or the emergency will have needed to have occurred within 90 days of the request.

Employment Benefits for Idaho’s Veterans

Public Employee Veterans Hiring Preference

Veterans can earn preference points if they have been in active service in the military, other than active duty for training. Veterans who have served on active duty in the armed services, with an honorable discharge and who have a present service-connected disability of 10% or more, or are a Purple Heart recipient can also receive points. The points are added to the veteran’s final passing score. The points can not be used for promotions, transfers, or reassignments. They will only be added for the veteran’s initial hire.

Veterans who are discharged under honorable conditions, and the widow or widower of a preference eligible veteran, as long as they remained unmarried, are eligible for five preference points. Disabled veterans who have a present service-connected disability of 10% or more, or are Purple Heart recipients are eligible for 10 points. Widows or widowers of those who qualify can also receive the 10 points. A spouse of a veteran who is unable to qualify for any public employment because of a service-connected disability can also claim this preference.

A disabled veteran who was discharged under honorable conditions, who served on active duty in the armed forces at any time, and who has a service-connected disability of 30% or more shall be offered an interview in they are one of the top ten qualified applicants.

Professional License

If a person holds an occupational or professional license issued by the State of Idaho and are serving in the Armed Forces of the United States, they shall be exempt form the payment of any professional or occupational licence or renewal fee required by any law of the state for the period they are engaged in military service and for six months following their discharge from military service.

State Income Tax Exemption

If an active duty service member is stationed outside of the State of Idaho, they are exempt from Idaho state income tax.

State Income Tax Retired Military Pay Benefit Deduction

A veteran who is 65 years old or older, or their unmarried widow or widower, or those who are disabled and age 62 or older, receiving veteran retirement benefits, are eligible for a military pay benefit deduction. The deductible amount of retirement benefits must be reduced by retirement benefits paid under the Federal Social Security Act or the Tier 1 Federal Railroad Retirement Act. The maximum amount allowed is different for each year.


For more information regarding Idaho veterans benefits, please visit – Idaho Division of Veterans Services


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