Nebraska Veterans’ Benefits

The following are the Nebraska veterans’ benefits programs for education, healthcare, housing and employment for 2018 and 2019.

Nebraska Veterans’ Benefits

Education Benefits for Nebraska Veterans

In addition to federal programs such as the GI Bill, there are veterans’ benefits programs provided by the states.

Tuition Waiver

Dependents of an eligible veteran may be authorized for a waiver to cover 100% of tuition charges and tuition-related fees to the University of Nebraska campuses, Nebraska state colleges and Nebraska community colleges. Applications are submitted to the Nebraska Department of Veterans’ Affairs by contacting the County Veterans’ Service Office nearest the applicant’s place of residence.

The University of Nebraska and all state and community colleges may waive tuition for eligible children of veterans. Children of members who died on active duty, as a result of active duty, or who are permanently and totally disabled as a result of active duty may be eligible.

Reservist Tuition Credit

Nebraska residents who are enlisted members of a Nebraska-based unit of the Active Selected Reserve may be eligible for a 50% tuition credit to the University of Nebraska campuses, Nebraska state colleges and Nebraska community colleges. This program is allowed 200 new applicants each calendar year.

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Housing Benefits for Nebraska Veterans

Property Tax

Disabled veterans who are 100% disabled because of wartime service may receive a property tax exemption on their primary residence. Unmarried widow or widowers may also qualify as well as those who have had their home substantially contributed to by the VA.

Health Care Benefits for Nebraska Veterans

Nebraska has four veterans homes in Bellevue, Norfolk, Grand Island, and Scottsbluff. The homes provide domiciliary care as well as intermediate and skilled nursing care to state veterans. Veterans who have served on active duty in the armed forces in the United States may be eligible for admission to one of the homes. Spouses might also be eligible as well as surviving spouses and Gold Star parents.

Employment Benefits for Nebraska Veterans

Veterans Preference

Veterans, spouses of veterans who are 100% disabled, or spouses of service members who currently serve on active duty or were discharged within the past 180 days may be eligible for Veterans Preference in the employment process. Veterans will have 5% added to their score, disabled veterans will receive an additional 5%. In order to receive the preference, veterans or spouses will need to have passing scores on all parts or phases of the examination. This preference is only for jobs in state agencies.

Retirement Pay

Those who have retired from the US Armed Forces on or after July 18, 2012, can make a one time election to exclude from Nebraska taxable income a portion of their income received as a military retirement benefit that is included in their federal adjusted gross income for tax years beginning after January 1, 2015. The election must be done after July 18, 2014 and within two years of their retirement from the uniformed services, even if they don’t begin receiving military retirement benefits immediately upon retirement.

Veterans may elect option one which is to exclude 40% of their military retirement benefit income for seven consecutive taxable years, beginning with the year in which the election is made or they can choose option two, which is to exclude 15% of their military retirement benefit income for all taxable years, beginning with the year in which they turn 67.

Elections can’t be changed after they are made.

Other Benefits for Nebraska Veterans

Nebraska Veterans Aid Fund (NVA)

The Nebraska Veterans Aid Fund was established back in 1921 and assists veterans, their spouses, and dependents when an unforeseen emergency occurs, disrupting their lives, and when other resources are not immediately available. Veterans with an honorable discharge can qualify. Aid can only be used for food, fuel, shelter, wearing apparel, funeral, medical, and surgical items.

For more information regarding Nebraska veterans’ benefits, please visit – Nebraska Department of Veterans Affairs

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PAY AND BENEFITS UPDATES FOR 2019: