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Arizona State Veteran's Benefits

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The state of Arizona provides several veteran benefits. This section offers a brief description of each of the following benefits.

Arizona Veteran Housing Programs

Arizona State Veteran Home
The state of Arizona has 2 Veteran's homes, a 200 bed facility in Phoenix and a 120 bed facility in Tucson. Both are skilled care nursing facilities operated and maintained by the Arizona Department of Veterans' Services. The Veteran Homes offer different levels of nursing care and encourage residents to function at their highest level. The state-of-the-art facilities have been designed to be both functional and provide a pleasing environment with a southwest atmosphere.

Arizona Financial Assistance Benefits

Tax and License Fee Exemptions
1. To the extent not already excluded from Arizona gross income under set. 112 of the Internal Revenue Code, compensation received for active service as a member of the Armed Forces of the United States for any month during any part of which members served in a combat zone is exempt.

2. Federal (Civil Service or Military Retirement) payments up to $2,500.00 per year are exempt. NOTE: Contact the Arizona Department of Revenue (1-800-845-8192) for any veteran tax issues.

Property Tax: The property tax of widows, widowers, and disabled persons may be waived in certain cases. Contact your County Assessor office for eligibility.

Vehicle License Tax and Registration Fees
No license tax or registration fee shall be collected from any veteran for a personally owned vehicle if such veteran is certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to be one hundred percent service-connected disabled and drawing compensation on that basis. A veteran residing in Arizona shall be exempt from a vehicle license tax on a vehicle acquired by the veteran through financial aid from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. This also applies to the surviving spouse, if the Veteran dies, until they remarry.

Arizona Employment Benefits

Employment Preferences
Age Limit: An honorably discharged veteran shall be eligible for employment preference, rights, and privileges under any merit system in the state in the state or any political subdivision thereof, regardless of age, if otherwise qualified.

Civil Service: Veterans who pass an examination for employment by the state, county or city will have 5 points added to their certification score. The veteran must have served for more than six (6) months and be separated under honorable conditions. Veterans entitled to compensation for a service-connected disability will have 10 points added to their certification score. Certain spouses or surviving spouses shall be given a 5 point preference if the veteran died of a service-connected disability.

Fire Department: Members of any fire company inducted into the military establishment of the United States for military training are authorized reinstatement to their previous rating after discharge from military service.

Police And Fire Department: The period of military service shall be included in computing the length of service of the employee to determine eligibility for retirement.

Reserve Status/War Emergency: Appointive officers or employees of the state or of a political subdivision will be reinstated to their former position upon completion of military service to which they were inducted or ordered during time of war or were called to service because of their status as an active or inactive member of the Reserves.

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Arizona Education Benefits

Tuition and Fees-Deferred Payment
A veteran or eligible dependent who has applied for educational benefits under the G. I. Bill state-supported community colleges, colleges and universities may defer payment of tuition, fees and required books for a period of 120 days with no interest charges. If, at the end of such period, the person has not received from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs the initial benefit monies for tuition and fees, an extension may be granted until such time benefits are received.

Tuition Waivers for War-Wounded and Dependents of Killed in Action
A former member of the Arizona National Guard who received a purple heart citation on or after September 11, 2001 (who was medically discharged because of a service-connected injury) is eligible for a tuition waiver. A tuition waiver for Arizona community colleges and universities is also available to a dependent of the national guard member or member of the United States armed forces who was a resident of the state of Arizona or stationed in Arizona and who was killed in the line of duty or who died from injuries suffered in the line of duty while traveling to or from duty.

Other Arizona State Veteran Benefits

Burial and Headstones
When a veteran or a surviving spouse dies without sufficient means for funeral expenses, the County Board of Supervisors is responsible to ensure that burial will not be in a portion of ground used exclusively for burial of paupers. A suitable plot will be used, and the county may apply to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for expenses not to exceed $150.00.

When the county buries an indigent veteran, the county clerk will make an application to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for a suitable headstone and make arrangements for it to be placed at the head of the grave.

Arizona State Veteran Cemetery
The state of Arizona maintains 3 state veterans cemeteries at Bellemont, Marana, and Sierra Vista.

Burial in the Veterans Cemetery is open to all members of the Armed Forces, and with certain exceptions, veterans discharged from active duty under conditions other than dishonorable. Their spouses, unremarried widow or widower, minor children, and under certain conditions, unmarried adult dependent children are also eligible for burial. Also eligible for burial are members of the reserve components of the Armed Forces, National Guard, and Reserve Officer Training Corps who die while on active duty for training or performing service, or who have 20 years of service in reserve components of the Armed Forces creditable for retired pay.

There is no charge for interment for veterans and a one time nominal fee for eligible spouses and dependents.

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Credit for Military Service for State Retirement Benefits
A participant of the state system or plan may receive credited past service or future service for active military service if the participant was honorably discharge from service. The period of military service for which the participant receives credited service is not on account with any other retirement system. Contact the nearest state personnel office for additional information and eligibility.

Hunting and Fishing Licenses
Resident hunting and fishing licenses for members of the armed forces on active duty, stationed in state are available upon application. Complimentary licenses may be granted to veteran's 70 years or older who have been residents of this state for 25 years. Complimentary licenses will be issued to veterans verified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to be one hundred percent service-connected disabled and who have been a resident for one year ore more. Note: Contact the nearest Department of Game and Fish office.

Arizona State Parks
Arizona State Parks Offers provides Arizona’s 100% permanently disabled veterans with a complimentary “Disabled Veterans Annual Day Use pass”. The pass allows qualified veterans with day use access to all twenty-seven State Parks.

Visit the Arizona Department of Veterans Affairs website for more information about any of these programs.

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