Arkansas State Veteran Benefits
The state of Arkansas provides several veteran benefits. This page explains some of them.
Arkansas Veterans Home
Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs operates two state Veterans Homes located in Fayetteville and North Little Rock. With twenty-four hour nursing service and a staff physician, medical needs are fully met.
Criteria for admission:
- No criminal record
- Honorable discharge
- Arkansas residents have first priority.
- Veteran’s spouses and Gold Star parents may apply for admission.
- Have a medical need for nursing home placement
Arkansas Veteran Financial Benefits
Personal Property Tax Exemption
Veterans who have been awarded special monthly compensation by the VA for the loss of – or the loss of use of – one or more limbs, total blindness in one or both eyes, or for 100% service-connected total and permanent disability may be exempt from payment of all state taxes on their homestead and personal property. Un-remarried surviving spouses, and dependent minor children may also get this benefit.
Surviving spouses are also eligible if the veteran was killed or died in-service, is missing in action, or died from service connected causes.
Active duty pay is tax-free.
Retired pay and SBP payments are tax-free.
Arkansas Veteran Hiring Preference
Veterans with an honorable discharge or reserve/guard members with at least six years service will get a 5 point preference on state hiring exams.
Disabled veterans and their spouses will get a 10 point preference.
Arkansas Education Benefits
Free Tuition for Dependents
The Military Dependents Scholarship Program may provide free tuition and fees at any state supported college, university, technical school, or vocational school; to the wife and children of any Arkansas resident killed in action, declared to be POW or MIA since Jan. 1, 1960, or is 100% totally and permanently disabled as a result of their military service.
Arkansas Veteran Recreation Benefits
Discounted Hunting & Fishing Licenses for Military Retirees
Military retirees can get a discounted lifetime hunting, fishing or combination license. All special stamps and endorsements must still be purchased.
Lifetime Hunting & Fishing Licenses for Disabled Veterans
Arkansas veterans with a disability rating of 70% and higher or a disability rating of 50% with a Purple Heart medal can get discounted lifetime hunting, fishing, or combination licenses. All special stamps and endorsements must still be purchased.
Active Duty Hunting & Fishing Licenses
Active duty members stationed in Arkansas can get licenses at the resident rate. All special stamps and endorsements must still be purchased.
Arkansas State Parks
Half price camping in most Arkansas State Parks for 100% permanently disabled Arkansas resident veterans.
Arkansas State Veterans’ Cemeteries
There are two Arkansas State Veterans Cemeteries, one in North Little Rock, and one in Birdeye.
Veterans who have an other than dishonorable discharge are eligible for interment, along with certain others. Spouses and dependent children are also eligible. There is no cost for the veteran and a $300 cost for the spouse or dependent.
Visit the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs website for more information on any of these programs.
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