The following are the Oklahoma veterans’ benefits programs for education, healthcare, housing and employment for 2018-2019.
Oklahoma Veterans Benefits Programs
Education Benefits for Veterans in Oklahoma
In addition to federal programs such as the GI Bill, there are veterans benefits programs provided by the states. The following are the Oklahoma veterans’ benefits programs for education in 2018 and 2019.
Oklahoma National Guard Scholarship
The National Guard State Tuition Waiver Program (STW) entitles eligible members of the Oklahoma Army and Air National Guard who are attending two or four year accredited institutions of higher learning within the State of Oklahoma to the following benefit.
This benefit will waive the resident tuition of satisfactory participating Oklahoma National Guard members who are Oklahoma residents.
The resident tuition waiver can waive up to eighteen (18) credit hours per semester per institution. The recipient must be pursuing an associate’s or bachelor’s degree and be enrolled in a minimum of three (3) hours to receive the waiver.
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Housing Benefits for Veterans in Oklahoma
There is an exemption for certain veterans for property tax in Oklahoma. This exemption applies to certain injured veterans as well as surviving spouses of those veterans. The exemption is for the full fair cash value of the homestead. To be eligible, they would need to be honorably discharged from the US Armed Forces to include the Oklahoma National Guard. They will also need to be an Oklahoma resident, have a 100% permanent disability through military action or accident, or from a disease contracted while in active service, and the disability must be certified by the US Department of Veterans Affairs.
Health Care Benefits for Veterans in Oklahoma
Oklahoma Veterans’ Homes
Oklahoma has seven Veterans Centers across the state. They are located in Talihina, Sulphur, Norman, Lawton, Clinton, Claremore, and Ardmore. Throughout the centers, 1,400 veterans are able to receive care. In order to be eligible for these centers, a person would need to be an Oklahoma veteran who is certified by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs for receipt of per diem payment. They would have needed to have served for at least 90 days with one or more days being on active duty, with the exception for those who have been discharged because of a service-connected disability other than a dishonorable discharge.
These veterans will also need to be disabled or have a disease which requires a skilled type nursing care center. There is a waiting list priority based on when the veteran has served, starting with those who have served during World War II, then on to Ex-Prisoners of War, eligible wartime veterans, in order of their disability rating, then all other eligible veterans, based on their disability rating. Spouses and surviving spouses can be admitted on exhaustion of placement of all eligible veterans.
Employment Benefits for Veterans in Oklahoma
For establishing employment lists of eligible persons for competitive and noncompetitive appointments, certain preferences will be allowed for veterans who are honorably discharged from the US Armed Forces.
Five points shall be added to the final grade for those who have passed the examination, are a veteran, an unremarried surviving spouse of a veteran, or a spouse of a veteran who is unemployable because of a service-connected disability within six months of the date of application.
Ten points shall be added to the final grade for any war veteran who has passed the examination, and has a service-connected disability within six months of the date of application. Veterans who have a rate of 30% or more because of their service-connected disability, shall be considered Absolute Preference Veterans. These veterans will then have their names put at the top of the register, ranked in the order of their examination scores. They will also not be denied employment and passed over for others without showing cause.
Oklahoma Income Tax
The first $1,500, from salary for service in the US Armed Forces, shall be deducted from taxable income. The Oklahoma Tax Commission can also grant an extension to any member of the US Armed Forces when filing taxes is impractical.
Exemption for Sales Tax
There is an exemption of sales tax for any sales of tangible personal property or services to those who are residents of Oklahoma and have been honorably discharged from the US Armed Forces to include the Oklahoma National Guard and who have been certified by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to have a 100% rate for a service-connected disability.
Exemption for Retirement Benefits
Those who receive retirement benefits from any component of the US Armed Forces will be exempt from taxable income, not to exceed the greater of 75% of such benefits or $10,000.
Oklahoma National Guard Employment Coordination Program
The Employment Coordination Program can help increases career opportunities for Oklahoma Guardsmen and veterans by developing proactive positive relationships with Oklahoma employers and connect them with employers though all available channels in order to obtain stabilized careers as well as optimal retention. The ECP will identify skill sets that employers want and seek out the service members who are a match in order to maintain a high level of confidence in their employer customer base. Oklahoma National Guard service members and their families are eligible for this service.
The Oklahoma Cross of Valor
Anyone who was a resident of Oklahoma at the time of entering military service, whose military service was performed during either World War II, the Korean Conflict, or the Republic of Vietnam conflict, or during any period of time in which the United States participated in a war, campaign or battle, and who was made and officially listed as captive by the enemy during their service, with an honorable discharge from the military service, will be authorized to apply for, receive, and display the Oklahoma Cross of Valor.
For more information regarding Oklahoma veterans’ benefits, please visit – Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs
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