Disabled Veteran Benefits by State and Territory

Individuals who serve in the U.S. military make a monumental sacrifice to protect our nation. While the federal government offers resources for disabled service members, the needs of veterans differ greatly based on their geographical location and the cost of living.

Fortunately, state governments can provide more individualized health care and compensation benefits if the federal government does not or cannot help. Different states and territories have unique benefits only available to veterans and their family members in their specific states.

One important benefit from certain states is additional assistance for veterans who are permanently and totally disabled. Veterans receiving the maximum federal VA compensation may also collect an additional 100% disabled veteran benefits at the state level in some states. If you sustained a debilitating injury or illness while serving in the military, check out our resources on how to get a 100% disability rating.

List of Veteran Benefits by State (Alphabetical)

Your state’s government website can reveal unknown benefits and provide useful information on future legislation, application deadlines, and other community resources for veterans. Below, we have provided a list of local government references and state veteran benefits resources for each state:

Alabama Department of Veterans AffairsMaryland Department of Veterans AffairsRhode Island Office of Veterans Services
Alaska Department of Military and Veterans AffairsMassachusetts Department of Veterans’ ServicesSouth Carolina Department of Veterans Affairs
Arizona Department of Veterans’ ServicesMichigan Department of Military and Veterans AffairsSouth Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs
Arkansas Department of Veterans AffairsMinnesota Department of Veterans AffairsTennessee Department of Veterans Services
California Veterans' BenefitsMississippi Veterans AffairsTexas Veterans' Benefits
Colorado Department of Military and Veterans AffairsMissouri Department of Public Safety Veterans CommissionUtah Veterans and Military Affairs
Connecticut State Department of Veterans AffairsMontana Veteran Affairs DivisionVermont Office of Veterans Affairs
Delaware Office of Veterans ServicesNebraska Department of Veterans’ AffairsVirginia Veterans' Benefits
Florida Department of Veterans’ AffairsNevada Department of Veterans ServicesWashington, D.C., Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs
Georgia Department of Veterans ServiceNew Hampshire Division of Veterans ServicesWashington State Department of Veterans Affairs
Hawaii Office of Veterans’ ServicesNew Jersey Department of Military and Veterans AffairsWest Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance
Idaho Division of Veterans ServicesNew Mexico Department of Veterans ServicesWisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs
Illinois Department of Veterans’ AffairsNew York State Division of Veterans’ ServicesWyoming Veterans Commission
Indiana Veterans' BenefitsNorth Carolina Department of Military & Veterans Affairs
Iowa Department of Veterans AffairsNorth Dakota Veterans AffairsList of Veteran Benefits by Territory
Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs OfficeOhio Department of Veterans ServiceGuam Veteran Resources
Kentucky Department of Veterans AffairsOklahoma Department of Veterans AffairsPuerto Rico San Juan VA Regional Office
Louisiana Department of Veterans AffairsOregon Department of Veterans’ AffairsVirgin Islands Veteran Resources
Maine Bureau of Veterans’ ServicesPennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

Additional Resources for Veterans

U.S. Army Official Site

Military organizations help collect various benefits in one designated location. For example, MyArmyBenefits is an official U.S. Army website listing federal and state resources. Having all this information in one place helps veterans navigate and understand their options.

U.S. Department of Labor Benefits

Depending on your former military duties, it may be difficult to find a similar job upon returning to traditional life. The DOL created the American Job Center to help veterans find local career opportunities after military service.

Education Benefits for Veterans

While the Post-9/11 GI Bill greatly improved education benefits, it has limitations and does not apply equally to all military members. Some states offer full tuition coverage, which can be used independently from the GI Bill. Other states have extended the free and reduced tuition offers to the dependents of military members. These benefits can fluctuate based on a state’s current budget. Still, their availability has helped many dependents attend college in difficult financial situations.

Tax Benefits for Veterans

You might qualify for a tax break if you are a veteran honorably discharged from military service. This exemption may apply depending upon your state of residence and could include exemptions on property taxes or military retirement pay taxes.

It is important to note that states with veteran tax benefits do not always automatically apply for exemptions. Typically, to receive the exemption(s), you will need to turn in an application that provides background information to the assessor. The application might need to be turned in with official documentation of your service, income, and discharge.

Veteran Housing Benefits

There are a variety of VA federal benefits that apply to housing and mortgages. Veterans of any state who were honorably discharged are often eligible for a VA mortgage home loan from certain lenders.

Many states also offer some form of housing benefit or assistance. In some areas, this can include mortgage payment assistance, short-term rental assistance, and even veteran retirement homes.

Contact Tuley Law Office for Assistance With VA Benefits

The legal team at Tuley Law Office handles VA benefits at the national level. If you are looking to receive disability compensation, our disability lawyers are here to help. They have the knowledge and experience to answer your VA-related questions.

At Tuley Law Office, we work with you each step of the way to ensure that you understand the language and expectations of the VA disability benefits program. Call our law firm for a consultation, or fill out our online contact form to get started today.