Kentucky Veterans’ Benefits
The following are the Kentucky veterans’ benefits programs for 2018 and 2019 in the areas of education, employment, housing and healthcare.
Kentucky Veterans’ Benefits
Education Benefits for Kentucky Veterans
In addition to federal programs such as the GI Bill, there are veterans’ benefits programs provided by the state of Kentucky.
Kentucky Tuition Waiver Benefits
A waiver of tuition is an education benefit provided by the Commonwealth of Kentucky in recognition of military service of certain Kentucky veterans.
The tuition waiver is provided for:
- adopted children
- unremarried widows & widowers.
An approved tuition waiver means a student may attend any two-year, four-year or vocational technical schools that are operated and funded by the Kentucky Department of Education.
Private or out of state schools do not qualify for the Tuition Waiver.
You may qualify if one of the following is true of the veteran:
- Died on active duty
- Died as a direct result of a service connected disability as determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
- 100% service connected disabled
- Totally disabled (non-service connected) with wartime service as deemed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or Department of Defense
- Is deceased and lived in KY at time of death and served during a wartime period
- Award from Social Security Administration is not acceptable
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Homeless Veterans Program
The KDVA’s Homeless Veterans Program provides assistance to veterans who are homeless or who might be at risk of becoming homeless. They provide two types of assistance, emergency, and resource location assistance. With emergency assistance, KDVA is authorized by law to provide one-time cash assistance to veterans to obtain or maintain rental housing or to use for vital utilities such as electricity, gas, or water. With resource location assistance, KDVA can help with locating resources such as shelters, food pantries, and drug rehab programs for veterans and their families in their area.
Property Tax Exemption
Homeowners that are 65 years old or older, or those who are totally disabled as determined by a government agency in Kentucky may receive a property tax exemption of up to $37,600 on his or her primary residence.
Kentucky has four long-term skilled nursing facilities for veterans. These homes are meant to serve Kentucky’s veterans by fostering independence, preserving dignity and providing compassionate care. In order to apply, the veteran will need to have an other than dishonorable discharge, be a resident of Kentucky prior to submitting an application, be disabled by reason of diseases, wounds, age or otherwise in need of nursing care. A person would not be eligible if they have been diagnosed by a qualified health professional as acutely mentally ill, as an acute alcoholic, as addicted to drugs, as continually disruptive, or as a danger to self or others or if they are ventilator dependent or have needs that cannot be met by the Veterans’ Center.
The Veterans’ Centers are located in four different locations in Kentucky. One is in Wilmore, one in Hazard, one in Hanson, and one in Radcliff.
Veterans Treatment Courts
The Veterans Treatment Courts are in Jefferson and Fayette counties. They are specialized courts that focus on the unique needs of veterans that have substance abuse or mental health problems. They work with the local drug court, county attorney, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and social service agencies.
Employment Benefits for Kentucky Veterans
The Employment KYVETS is the Kentucky Veterans Employment Training and Support Program. They provide resources and support to help assist veterans across Kentucky in gainful employment as well as training services. They use a database to help match employment seeking veterans with veteran seeking employers.
Veterans Preference Points in Public Hiring
Veterans as well as certain family members will be able to receive preference points that will be added to civil service exam results. Five points will be added to those who are honorably discharged from the military as well as former Guard and Reserve members. Ten points will be added to those with service-connected disabilities and their unmarried spouses. Ten points will also be given to dependent spouses and parents of war veterans who served honorably and died while on active duty.
Other Kentucky Veterans’ Programs
Womens Veterans Program
The Womens Veterans Program has a mission to ensure that Kentucky’s women veterans have equitable access to federal and state veterans’ services and benefits. This program provides assistance to women who have served in the US Armed Forces, or in forces incorporated as part of the US Armed Forces and who were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. The program works with federal, state, and local agencies on issues that are related to women veterans. It also performs outreach to improve awareness of eligibility for services and benefits, assesses the needs of women veterans with respect to benefits and services, makes recommendations to the commissioner to improve benefits and services, and incorporates women veterans’ issues in strategic planning concerning benefits and services.
Veterans Program Trust Fund
The VPTF was established by the Kentucky Vietnam Veterans’ Bonus Act in 1988. This trust is to direct funding to projects and programs that help Kentucky’s veterans when other funds are not available. It is overseen by a board of directors whose members are approved by the governor. One example is the University of Louisville’s free behavioral health treatment for traumatized children of military families. Construction of a statue, renovation of an existing structure, entertainment costs, maintenance costs associated with a VSO, or any program already funded by the state or federal government are expressly prohibited. Continuing maintenance and upkeep of any kind, salaries of an organization, travel costs to attend seminars, conference, or other meetings, or any costs associated with entertainment are impliedly prohibited.
Veterans Retirement Pay
If a veteran retired in 1997 or before, all of their retired military pay is exempt from taxes. If they retired after 1997, their pay is subject to state tax if their income exceeds, $41,110.
For more information regarding Kentucky veterans benefits, please visit – Kentucky Dept. of Veterans’ Affairs website
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