Indiana Veterans Benefits & Disabled Veterans Benefits
There are many state veterans’ programs beyond the federal programs provided by the VA. The following are the Indiana veterans’ benefits programs in the areas of employment, education, healthcare and housing.
Indiana Veterans Benefits Programs
Indiana veterans’ benefits programs for jobs, healthcare, housing and going to school.
Education Benefits for Indiana’s Veterans
In addition to federal programs such as the GI Bill, there are veterans’ benefits programs provided by the states.
Indiana Free Tuition for Children of Disabled Veterans
Indiana offers free tuition and fee exemption at state schools to children of disabled veterans, Purple Heart Recipients and their children, and children of former POW/MIA. The veteran must have:
- been a resident of Indiana for 36 consecutive months
- served in a wartime period (including August 2, 1990 – present) or
- received a Purple Heart Medal
The benefit may be as high as free tuition and fees for 124 credit hours and is good at state schools.
Indiana National Guard Supplemental Grant (NGSG)
A grant that guarantees up to 100% of certain tuition costs will be met by the State of Indiana for eligible members of the Indiana Air and Army National Guard.
Find GI Bill approved colleges in Indiana
Housing Benefits for Indiana’s Veterans
Disabled veterans in Indiana may receive a property tax exemption of up to $24,960 if the veteran served honorably during a wartime period and is also 100% disabled as a result of their military service. These disabled veterans must have served in the military during any of its wars, which would be, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and the Gulf War which includes the dates, August 2, 1990 to a future date that will be set by law or Presidential Proclamation.
A veteran can receive a $12,480 tax deduction if they have served at least 90 days in the military, received an honorable discharge, have a total service connected disability, or be at least 62 years old and have a service-connected disability rating of at least 10%. The value of the property shall not exceed $175,000.
Surviving spouses can also receive this property tax deduction as long as their veteran would have qualified.
Healthcare Benefits for Indiana’s Veterans
Indiana Veterans Home
There is one Indiana Veterans Home located in West Lafayette, Indiana. This home offers long-term skilled nursing care, short-term rehabilitation, independent living, and memory care services to honorably discharged Indiana veterans and their spouses. As of 2018, they are now accepting Gold Star parents as well.
The Veterans Home is in a home-like setting with veteran-specific programming and events. Eligible veterans will also need to have resided in Indiana for at least 12 months prior to their admission, however they also have residency waivers that may be considered. There is no wartime service requirement. There are single rooms for those in independent living and memory care units and double rooms for those in the comprehensive care unit.
Employment Benefits for Indiana’s Veterans
The Indiana Department of Workforce Development provides service to Indiana Veterans. The Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program (DVOP) and the Local Veterans’ Employment Representative (LVER) program, and Workforce Development Offices throughout the state are equipped to assist veterans in Indiana with their transition from military service to civilian life. The DVOP specializes in tailored training and job placement opportunities for veterans with service-connected disabilities. LVER coordinates services for veterans to include counseling, testing, and identifying training and employment opportunities.
The State Merit System provides additional points for veterans who are applying for merit positions or promotions within the state government.
Peddlers, Vendors, and Hawker Licenses
According to state law, any wartime veteran who has an honorable discharge, shall be granted a peddlers, vendor, or hawker’s licence free of charge.
Indiana veterans that are 60 years of age or older and active military service members are eligible to receive a $5,000 exemption on their state income tax return.
Next Level Veterans Initiative and The Honor Our Vets Program
The Next Level Veterans Initiative can help with finding a job, job training, and home ownership. Under the Next Level Veterans Initiative, the Honor Our Vets program is offered by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA.) This program is specifically designed in order to keep and welcome qualified active duty, veterans, and retired military personnel to Indiana.
Military veterans who accept a job with a participating Indiana employer can access up to $5,000 to use on relocation expenses, closing costs, or use towards a down payment of a new home. The IHCDA can also help assist with getting a VA loan and other homebuyer programs to help make owning a home more affordable.
For more information regarding Indiana veterans’ benefits, please visit – Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs website
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About the author
Julie Provost is a freelance writer, blogger, and owner of Soldier's Wife, Crazy Life, a support blog for military spouses. She lives in Tennessee with her National Guard husband and three boys.