Kansas Veterans & Disabled Veterans Benefits
Veterans & Disabled Veterans Benefits in Kansas
The following are the Kansas veterans’ benefits programs for education, employment, housing and healthcare for 2019.
Education Benefits for Kansas’ Veterans
In addition to federal programs such as the GI Bill, there are veterans’ benefits programs provided by the state of Kansas.
Kansas Military Service Scholarship
The Kansas Military Service Scholarship is available for the payment of tuition and fees at a public Kansas institution for students who are a resident of Kansas and has:
- served in military service in international waters or on foreign soil in support of military operations for which the person received hostile fire pay for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001, or served less than such 90 days because of injuries during such military service;
- has received an honorable discharge or under honorable conditions (general) discharge from military service or is still in military service; and
- has provided copies of military discharge papers (DD-214 form) or active duty orders whichever such paper or order indicate the location of such person’s deployment and indicate the person has served after September 11, 2001, in any military operation for which the person received hostile fire pay.
Kansas National Guard Educational Assistance Program (State Tuition Assistance)
The Kansas National Guard Educational Assistance provides up to 100% of tuition and fees that leads to the award of a certificate, diploma or degree upon satisfactory completion of coursework requirements for members of a Kansas Air/Army National Guard unit. Full-time enrollment not required. This program is administered by the Kansas Board of Regents.
Related: Tuition Assistance for the military
Application for a Waiver of Tuition and Fees for Prisoners of War
Students seeking tuition/fee assistance as prisoners of war must complete and return this form. Assistance will be provided if a student meets eligibility criteria and the Kansas Legislature has made appropriations available for this purpose
Related: Schools with Reduced Tuition
Application for a Waiver of Tuition and Fees for Dependents and Spouses of Deceased Military Personnel
Students seeking tuition/fee assistance as dependents or spouses of certain military personnel must complete and return this form to Kansas Board of Regents, 1000 SW Jackson Ste 520, Topeka KS 66612. Assistance will be provided if a student meets eligibility criteria and the Kansas Legislature.
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Housing Benefits for Kansas’ Veterans
Disabled veterans can claim a homestead refund. Veterans will need to be a resident of Kansas, be honorably discharged, and certified to have 50% or more permanent disability sustained through military actions. Surviving spouses of deceased disabled veterans who are not remarried are also eligible to claim a Homestead refund.Surviving spouses of active duty service members who died in the line of duty are also eligible for the refund and will be able to receive it until they remarry.
Healthcare Benefits for Kansas Veterans
Kansas Veterans’ Homes
There are two homes in Kansas, Kansas Soldiers’ Home in Fort Dodge, Kansas and the Kansas Veterans’ Home in Winfield, Kansas. In order to seek admission, a veteran will need to have active federal service. They must have been discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. Spouses and surviving spouses may qualify for admission on a space available basis.
The veteran applying will also need to be in one of the following categories:
- Have service-connected disabilities.
- A former prisoner of war
- Discharged or released from active military service for disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty
- Receive disability compensation under 38 U.S.C. 1151
- Whose entitlement to disability compensation is suspended because of the receipt of retired pay
- Whose entitlement to disability compensation is suspended pursuant to 38 U.S.C. 1151, but only to the extent that such veterans continuing eligibility for nursing home care is provided for in the judgement or settlement described in 38 U.S.C. 1151
- Who the VA determines are unable to defray the expenses of necessary care as specified under 38 U.S.C. 1722 (a.)
- A veteran of the Mexican Border Period or of World War I
- Solely seeking care for a disorder associated with exposure to a toxic substance or radiation or for a disorder associated with service in the Southwest Asia Theater or operations during the Persian Gulf War as provided in 38 U.S.C. 1710 (e.)
- Agrees to pay to the United States the applicable copayment determined under 38 U.S.C. 1710 (f) and 1710 (g) if they seek VA hospital nursing home or outpatient care.
Veterans do not need to be residents of Kansas, however, Kansas residents will be given priority. Veterans who have no other means of support will also have priority.
Employment Benefits for Kansas Veterans
KanVet provides direct access for veterans to the State of Kansas veteran-specific resources and benefits without having to navigate multiple state agency websites. Veterans can receive job assistance including lists of open jobs for veterans, training services, job fairs as well as assistance in starting a business. There are also VA employment services available under the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program and the Local Veteran Employment Representative.
Kansas State Income Tax
Military retirement is not taxed by the State of Kansas.
For more information regarding Kansas veterans’ benefits, please visit the Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs here.
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.