Arkansas State Veteran's Benefits
- Arkansas Veterans Home
- Financial Assistance Benefits
- Education Benefits
- Other State Veteran Benefits
Arkansas Veterans Home
Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs operates two State Veterans Homes located in Fayetteville and North Little Rock. These licensed Medicaid/Medicare skilled care nursing facilities provides a comfortable and supportive atmosphere for Veterans. With twenty-four hour nursing service and a staff physician, medical needs are fully met. With licensed social workers and an activities director, each resident has the support and encouragement he or she might need to promote a healthy active lifestyle.
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.
Personal Property Tax Exemption
Arkansas' disabled veterans who have been awarded special monthly compensation by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the loss of, or the loss of use of, one (1) or more limbs, for total blindness in one (1) or both eyes, or for service-connected one hundred percent (100%) total and permanent disability shall be exempt from payment of all state taxes on the homestead and personal property owned by the disabled veteran. Surviving spouses, so long as they remain unmarried, and dependent children, during their minority, continue this entitlement. Entitlement is also available if the veteran was killed or died within the scope of his military duties, is missing in action, or died from service connected causes as certified by the Department of Veterans Affairs. If subsequent marriage is terminated, surviving spouse may be reinstated. In all cases, annual re-certification of continued entitlement by the VA is required. In all cases, annual re-certification of continued entitlement by the VA is required.
Gross Receipt of Tax Exemption
Gross receipts or gross proceeds derived from the sale of motor vehicles and adaptive equipment to disabled veterans who have purchased the motor vehicles or adaptive equipment with the financial assistance of the Gross receipts or gross proceeds derived from the sale of motor vehicles and adaptive equipment to disabled veterans who have purchased the motor vehicles or adaptive equipment with the financial assistance of the VA are exempt.
Income Tax Exemption
Provides an exemption of the first $6,000.00 of active duty pay or retired pay.The exemptions include Reserve and National Guard Components or for retired members who are residents of the State of Arkansas.
Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) has the authority to provide free tuition and fees at any state supported college, university, technical school, or vocational school; to the wife and children of any Arkansan who has been declared to be Prisoner of War or placed in a missing-in-action status since January 1, 1960. The same provisions apply to the surviving spouse and children of any Arkansas resident killed in action since 1960.
In addition to offering in-state tuition to recently discharged veterans and their dependents, the state of Arkansas offers in-state tuition to military members and their spouses.
Discounted Hunting and Fishing Licenses
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission provides discounted hunting and fishing licenses to Arkansas veterans who are 100% totally and permanently disabled or military retirees.
Arkansas State Parks
The Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism provides Arkansas resident veterans, who have a permanent service connected 100% disability rate, the ability to camp for half price in Arkansas State Parks. Proof of 100% status is required.
Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery
There are 2 Arkansas State Veterans Cemeteries, one in North Little Rock, and one in Birdeye. The cemeteries are dedicated to providing an honorable place of rest for the veterans of the State of Arkansas.
Visit the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs website for more information on any of these programs.