The following are the Louisiana veterans’ benefits programs for 2018 and 2019.
Veteran Education Benefits in Louisiana
In addition to federal programs such as the GI Bill, there are veterans benefits programs provided by the state of Louisiana.
Louisiana Title 29 Dependents Educational Assistance
Louisiana offers education assistance to surviving spouses of deceased veterans as well as children of 90 percent or greater disabled veterans and children of 100 percent disabled and unemployable veterans.
Related: Scholarships for Gold Star Families
Related: Scholarships for Military Spouses
The deceased veteran must have been a resident of the State of Louisiana for at least 12 months immediately preceding entry into service.
The living veteran must have lived in the state for at least 24 months prior to the child being admitted into the program.
The surviving spouse has 10 years to use the benefit; the child must be between the ages of sixteen and twenty-five to be eligible.
Louisiana National Guard Tuition
Members are exempt from tuition at any state-funded college, university, or vocational/technical school for five years or a bachelor’s degree, whichever comes first.
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Housing Benefits for Veterans in Louisiana
Disabled veterans may receive a property tax exemption of up to the first $150,000 of the assessed value of his or her primary residence. The veteran will need to be 100% disabled as a result of service.
Health Care Benefits for Louisiana Veterans
Louisiana Veterans Homes
LDVA operate five, state-of-the-art Veterans Homes across the state. Each of the facilities offer:
- long-and short-term care
- rehabilitative therapies
- Alzheimer’s and intermediate care
- skilled nursing
- mental health services
- centralized pharmacy services and more
In order to apply, veterans must be a resident of Louisiana unless:
- referred from an in-state US Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center or
- by a Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Assistance Counselor.
They must also have served on active duty 90 days or more. If they have less than 90 days, they must have been discharged as a result of a disability incurred in the line of duty with an honorable discharge.
The veteran will have to go through a medical examination to confirm they:
- do not have a communicable disease
- do not require medical care that the facility can’t provide
- do not exhibit violent traits which could be dangerous to the well-being of others.
The Veterans Homes are located in Jackson, Bossier City, Monroe, Reserve, and Jennings.
LA National Guard Death and Disability Benefit
For Louisiana National guardsmen who are suffering a permanent or total disability while on federal or state active duty on or after September 11, 2001 as well as those who are the beneficiary of record of those who have been killed in action, may qualify for a $250,000 death or a $100,000 disability benefit from the State of Louisiana.
Veteran Employment and Veteran Business Benefits in Louisiana
This is a program that is designed to assist veterans with finding employment by bringing employers and veterans together in the Lafayette/Acadiana area. This program is there to help veterans find employment by contacting employers and assisting the employers in finding the right candidate for the position. Veterans can view open positions on the Veterans Corner website.
LAVETBIZ is a business initiative that helps provide additional opportunities for Louisiana based veteran and service-connected disabled veteran-owned small business owners when they need to find work with the State of Louisiana.
Louisiana State and Federal Civil Service
The Louisiana state and city civil service departments award either five or ten points to veterans who have served honorably in the US Armed Forces under certain circumstances. Those who served in combat, in any campaign for which a campaign medal was awarded, or at least 90 days of active service for purposes other than training after September 11, 2001 will receive five points. Those veterans who served in either peace or war time and who have one or more service-connected disabilities, are a spouse of a veteran whose physical condition precludes his or her appointment to a civil service job in his or her usual line of work, or unremarried widows and parents of a deceased veteran in certain circumstances will receive ten points.
Louisiana Business and Career Solution Centers
The Louisiana Workforce Commission operates local centers across the state to assist veterans in finding employment as well as making career choices and help with apprenticeship programs.
Military retirement pay is exempt from Louisiana state taxation.
Other Louisiana State Veterans’ Benefits
Military Family Assistance (MFA) Fund
The Military Family Assistance Fund (MFA) can provide financial support to Louisiana Veterans and their families when they experience financial hardships. There is certain criteria that must be met and a completed application must be submitted to the LDVA including all of the supporting documentation. They will pay up to $10,000 for one claim per active-duty order in a 12 month period. The MFA is funded by private donations from individuals and corporations.
For more information regarding Louisiana veterans’ benefits, please visit – Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs
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