The following are the Maryland veterans’ benefits programs for education, employment, healthcare and housing for 2018 and 2019.
Education Benefits for Maryland Veterans
In addition to federal programs such as the GI Bill, there are veterans’ education benefits programs provided by the state of Maryland.
Veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq Conflicts (VAIC) Scholarship Program
This Scholarship Program is designed to provide financial assistance to the United States Armed Forces Personnel who served in the Afghanistan or Iraq Conflicts, and their sons, daughters, or spouses who are current high school seniors, and full time or part time, degree seeking undergraduate students enrolled in an eligible Maryland post-secondary institution.
Edward T. and Mary A. Conroy Memorial Scholarship Program
This scholarship program is designed to provide financial assistance to sons and daughters of members of the U.S. Armed Forces who
- died as a result of military service
- has a service connected 100% permanent disability as a result of military service
- has a service connected disability of 25% or greater as a result of military service and has exhausted or is no longer eligible for federal veterans education benefits.
- are POW/MIA’s of the Vietnam Conflict and their sons and daughters
- are sons, daughters or surviving spouses (who have not remarried) of victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks who died as a result of the attacks
- are sons, daughters or surviving spouses (who have not remarried) of State of local public safety employees or volunteers who died in the line of duty or who sustained an injury in the line of duty that rendered the public safety employee or volunteer 100% disabled
- State or local public safety employees or volunteers who became 100% disabled in the line of duty.
Current high school seniors, full time and part time, degree seeking undergraduate and graduate students may apply.
Maryland State National Guard Education Benefits
Up to 50% of Tuition and Fees for waiver and up to $750 or 50% of remaining balance after applying all other applicable benefits.
For Reimbursement: Must attain a C or better and is limited to E4 and below pursuing first degree.
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Housing Benefits for Maryland Veterans
Property Tax Exemption
Veterans with a permanent and total service connected disability rated 100% by the Veterans Administration may receive a complete exemption from real property taxes on their dwelling house and their yard. Certain unmarried surviving spouses may also be eligible as well as surviving spouses of military personnel that were killed in the line of duty.
Health Care Benefits for Maryland Veterans
Charlotte Hall Veterans’ Home
Maryland has one veterans’ home, Charlotte Hall. Charlotte Hall Veterans’ Home has been open since 1985 and is situated on 126 acres in St. Mary’s County. It offers an assisted living program as well as a skilled nursing program. There is memory care in secure units as well. The home is also certified for Medicare and Medicaid and their vision is to continually develop and deliver a safe, dignified and compassionate health care system as well as providing a nurturing and engaging home environment for Maryland’s veterans.
In order to apply the veteran will need to have served on full time active duty in the US Armed Forces, other than active duty for training, and discharged or released under honorable conditions. Certain members of the reserves who meet the legal residence requirement as well as non-veteran spouses of eligible veterans can also be admitted to the Veterans Home. The veterans will also need to be a Maryland resident and at least 62 years of age or deemed disabled by the Social Security Administration or the US Department of Veterans Affairs. If the Charlotte Hall Veterans’ Home feels that the veteran would not be a good choice due to health, safety, or welfare reasons, they can decline to accept them.
Employment Benefits for Maryland Veterans
Maryland State Careers for Veterans
A veteran may receive 10 points of credit on any selection test is they are an eligible veteran, the spouse of one who has a service connected disability, or the surviving spouse of a deceased eligible veteran. A former prisoner or war will receive a credit of an additional two points.
If a manager elects to hire from a certified list of disabled veterans, who have served in any branch of the US Armed Forces, candidates may be selected without a competitive selection process. To qualify for this, candidates must be minimally qualified for the position, be able to perform the duties of the job with or without a reasonable accommodation, and present documentation certifying that they are on the permanent disability list with a rating of at least 30%. They are not qualified if they hold a permanent appointment or have mandatory reinstatement rights to a permanent appointment.
CDL Skills Test Waiver
The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) will have the ability to waive the driver skills test required to obtain a Class A or B Commercial Driver’s Licence (CDL) for recently discharged service members. They will need to have two years of experience driving vehicles as part of their job function immediately preceding their discharge from the military, have a good driving record, their commanding officer will need to certify the service member’s years of operating the vehicle as well as the type of vehicle operated to determine appropriate licence classification, and the applicant must pass the CDL knowledge test.
The Military Personnel and Veteran-Owned Small Business No-Interest Loan Program
This program serves a small business owned by a military reservist, or a national guard member that has been called to active duty, a small business that employs a military reservist or national guard member called to active duty, a veteran small business owner or a veteran seeking to start a small business, or a small business that employs a service disabled veteran. The purpose of the program is to provide financial assistance to small businesses. The no-interest loans range from $1,000 to $50,000, loan maturity will be from one to eight years and the loan repayment period usually will not exceed the useful life expectancy of the equipment purchased.
Occupational and Professional Licensing
The Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing and Commissioner of Financial Regulation are dedicated to assisting recently discharged veterans and spouses of currently serving members of the US Armed Forces, to include active duty reservists and members of the National Guard to obtain an occupational and professional license in Maryland.
Some occupational and professional licences can be expedited for recently discharged veterans and spouses of currently serving members of the US Armed Forces, to include active duty reservists and members of the national guard.
The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) credentials educators who are required to hold a certificate to teach in certain Maryland Public Schools, non-public special education schools and other state agencies. They will expedite credentialing for US Armed Forces service members and their spouses seeking employment as educators in these entities.
Other Maryland Veterans’ Benefits
Maryland’s Commitment to Veterans
Maryland’s Commitment to Veterans is a program with the Maryland Department of Health that is devoted to total wellness for veterans and their families. Regional resource coordinators will provide assistance to them to help support a healthy transition to civilian life. They will provide a solid connection to wellness services with an emphasis on mental health and substance use disorder services. They also offer information and referrals to community resources and assists a veteran while they navigate the various resource options available to them within the local community.
Military Retirement Pay
Military retirement income can be subtracted, up to $10,000, with an increase to the first $15,000 if the veteran or spouse is at least 55 years old, from their federal adjusted gross income before deducting Maryland taxes. The retirement income must have been received during induction into the US Armed Forces for training and service under the Selective Training and Service Act of 1940 or a subsequent act of similar nature, a membership in a reserve component, a membership in an active component, or a membership in the Maryland National Guard. This benefit will also apply to those who were separated from active duty employment with the commissioned corps of the Public Health Service, the National Oceanic and Atmpperic Administration or the Coast and Geodetic Survey.
For more information regarding Maryland veterans’ benefits, please visit – Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs
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PAY AND BENEFITS UPDATES FOR 2019: