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Arkansas State Veteran's Benefits

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

Arkansas Veteran Housing Programs

Arkansas Veterans Home
The Arkansas State Veterans Home in Fayetteville has been open since June 21, 2006. This licensed Medicaid/Medicare 108 bed skilled care nursing facility, provides a comfortable and supportive atmosphere for our 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.

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Arkansas Financial Assistance Benefits

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 proceeds derived from the sale of a new automobile to a veteran who is blind as a result of a service-connected injury. Registration will require an entitlement letter from the VA and will be limited to one new vehicle every two (2) years. This exemption defines automobile as a passenger vehicle or pickup truck but does not include trucks with a maximum gross load in excess of three-quarter (3/4) ton and does not include any trailer.

Income Tax Exemption
Provides an exemption of the first $9,000.00 of active duty pay or the first $6,000.00 of retired pay.The exemptions include Reserve and National Guard Components or for retired members who are residents of the State of Arkansas.

Arkansas Education Benefits

Educational Benefits
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.

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Other Arkansas State Veteran Benefits

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 over the age of 60.

License Plates
The Revenue Division will provide (upon receipt of proper certification letters) a number of special privileges and benefits for Arkansas residents, including special license plates for Congressional Medal of Honor recipients, Purple Heart recipients, Ex-Prisoners of War, Disabled Veterans, Pearl Harbor Survivors, Armed Forces Retired, and Military Reserve.

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.

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