Delaware State Veteran's Benefits

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

Delaware Veteran Housing Programs

State Veterans Home Fund
The Delaware Veterans Home Fund provides for individuals who claim an overpayment of taxes on their income tax return to voluntarily designate a tax deductible contribution to the Veterans Home. The fund will be used for the construction, operation and maintenance of a Veterans Home in the State of Delaware.

Delaware Financial Assistance Benefits

Pension Benefits for Paraplegic Veterans
Each paraplegic veteran eligible for benefits hereunder shall receive a pension from the State of $3,000 per year payable in equal monthly installments at the end of each month in which such veteran is eligible. The veteran must file evidence with the Pension Office that: he/she is a paraplegic and fully disabled to the extent that he/she has no voluntary control over either of his/her legs, and he/she is listed on the rolls of the U.S. Veterans Administration as totally disabled for the cause, and the disability is a direct result of service in the armed forces of the United States while the United States was officially at war or during a period when the United States was engaged in hostilities with another nation as a member of the United Nations.

Persons under age 60 receiving pensions from employers, the United States, the State or any subdivision thereof, may deduct up to $2,000 off of their federal adjusted gross income. Amounts received as pension by persons age 60 or older from employers, the United States, the State or any subdivision thereof may deduct up to $12,500 off of their federal adjusted gross income.

Visit the Delaware Department of Veterans Affairs website for contact information and benefits assistance.

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Delaware Veteran Employment Benefits

State Employment Veterans Preference
The rules shall provide for preference to be given to veterans of the armed forces of the U.S. who served during wartime. Such rules shall provide that: Preference shall be confined to original entrance and shall not be applied to promotion within the classified service or to retention in case of reduction in force; Preference shall be granted only in the form of credits to be added to earned ratings in examinations, with disabled veterans receiving no more than 10 points and other veterans no more than 5 points. A definition of a disabled veteran shall be set forth in the rules; All veterans shall be required to obtain a passing examination mark before preference credits. Employees in the classified service who, while in good standing, leave or have left the state service to engage in military service shall be given credit for seniority purposes for the time served in the armed forces not to exceed three years. Any preference points for which a veteran would qualify after complying with the provisions above, may be claimed by his or her unmarried widow or widower providing he or she achieves a passing examination grade.

Visit the Delaware Department of Veterans Affairs website for contact information and benefits assistance.

Tax Credit for Employers Hiring Veterans
Delaware Governor Jack Markell has signed a bill giving tax credits to those who hire veterans. The new Veteran's Tax Credit in Delaware will be 10 percent of a qualified veteran's wages, up to a maximum of $1,500. Employers may take the credit the year a veteran is hired and the two subsequent tax years. According to the new law, a "qualified veteran" is anyone who has served in a hostile environment such as Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Delaware Veteran Education Benefits

Educational Benefits For Children Of Deceased Veterans, Etc.
The State of Delaware provides educational benefits for the children of deceased veterans of the military services of the United States, military service personnel held prisoner of war and military service personnel officially declared to be missing in action. In order to qualify for this entitlement an applicant shall be: the child of a member of the armed forces who was killed while on active duty or who died from disease, wounds, injuries or disabilities arising or resulting from performance of duty; a member of the armed forces who is being held, or who was held prisoner of war; or a member of the armed forces officially declared missing in action; a person who at the time of application for benefits is at least 16 years of age, but not more than 24 years of age, and who shall have been a resident of the State for at least three years prior to the date of application; attending or admitted for attendance at an educational institution beyond the high school level in a program not to exceed four years in duration. The per pupil benefits may include funds for the payment of room, board, tuition and required institutional fees for an academic year. Benefits shall be limited to four years of training or education. The amount of benefit per pupil shall not exceed $525 per year or the amount of tuition per academic year, whichever is greater. Benefits are administered by the Delaware Postsecondary Education Commission.

Education Benefits For Active Members Of The Delaware National Guard
Any active member of a federally recognized unit of the Delaware National Guard, who meets the requirements for satisfactory membership as defined by the Adjutant General of the Delaware National Guard, shall be eligible for funding support by the Delaware National Guard for certain post-secondary education tuition and fees.

High School Diploma For WWII Veterans
House Bill No. 60 provides a High School Diploma to those World War II veterans who did not graduate from high school due to their military service. Any World War II veteran who performed wartime service between December 7, 1941 - December 31, 1946 shall be eligible to receive a High School Diploma.

Visit the Delaware Department of Veterans Affairs website for contact information and benefits assistance.

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Other Delaware State Veteran Benefits

Copies of Statement of Service
The Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs has established a repository for veterans' "Statement of Service" or similar documentary verification of active armed service. Records maintained are World War I through the Vietnam era. In 1987 the State of Delaware again started keeping records and have records from 1987 to present.

Free Death Certificates for Veterans
The State Registrar shall furnish free of charge to the relative of a veteran, one time, a certified copy of the veteran's certificate of death providing that said certified copy is essential to the settlement of a claim involving the settlement of the veteran's affairs. All other copies shall be issued at the statutory fee.

No Charge for Notary Services for Veterans
Service organizations' appointed notaries public may notarize documents and papers in connection with and for the benefit of any veteran, their families, or dependents. These notaries public shall make no charge for any service rendered in connection with filing claims on behalf of the veteran, their families, or dependents. The Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs provides free notary service.

Veterans Preference - Admission to Governor Bacon Health Center
The Department of Health and Social Services shall give veterans of World War I, World War II, the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam era who are eligible for admission to the Health Center a preference over other persons with respect to admission thereto.

Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery
Veterans and members of the Armed Forces of the U.S. who qualify under the following:
 
1. Honorable Military Service
2. Legal Residence In Delaware
3. The Spouse Widow, Widower Or Dependent Minor Children

Indigent Veteran Burial
The Adjutant General shall provide out of funds appropriated to the Delaware National Guard for the proper interment of each and every indigent soldier, sailor or marine who shall have served in the Army, Marines, Navy or Air Force of the U.S. in any war in which it has been engaged and been honorably discharged there from, who shall at the time of his or her death be a resident of this State leaving insufficient means to defray the expenses of interment.

Special License Plates
Special License Plates For Former Prisoners Of War, Missing-In-Action, Purple Heart Recipients, Disabled Veterans, Members Of The Delaware National Guard & Reserves, Valor, Retired Military & Korean War Veterans.
 
The owner of any private passenger vehicle or a truck with a 3/4 ton or less manufacturer's rated capacity may apply to the Department of Transportation for the assignment to that vehicle of a special Prisoner-of-War (POW), Missing-in-Action (MIA), Purple Heart or disabled veteran (DAV) registration number.

Registration and Inspection of Motor Vehicles of Disabled Veterans
Any motor vehicle owned by a disabled veteran who shall ever have been eligible for 'adaptive equipment' benefits under Title 38 U.S.C. (which includes, but is not limited to power steering, power brakes, power window lifts, power seats, and special equipment necessary to assist the eligible person into and out of the automobile or other conveyance) shall be registered, but shall be exempted from the payment of registration fees, provided that such exemption shall be limited to one automobile per eligible veteran at any one time. The Division of Motor Vehicles shall furnish, without cost, number and registration plates for all such vehicles of such design as will distinguish them from other plates for which fees are paid. Nothing herein contained shall be construed as exempting such vehicles from the requirement of inspection.

Credited Military Service; Eligibility
Credited service for veterans shall mean: Those who first became an employee before July 1, 1976, full-time active duty, not in excess of 5 years, in the armed forces of the U.S. during time of war or national emergency, provided that the individual became an employee within five years after completion of his or her tour of duty; or within five years after his or her completion of a course of professional or vocational training, if such course was begun within five years after completion of his or her tour of duty, except that the aforesaid five year period within which the individual must become an employee shall not apply to full-time officers and members of the National Guard of the State who were active members of the State Employee's Pension Plan on June 1, 1970.

Auctioneer and Book Agent Exemption for Veterans
No honorably discharged soldier or sailor shall be required to procure any license to follow the occupation of canvassing for the sale of books or for the occupation commonly known as that of "book agent" or for the occupation of auctioneer. The certificate of honorable discharge of any such soldier or sailor shall be conclusive evidence of the right of such soldier or sailor to follow the occupations herein before mentioned without having procured a license thereof.

Hunting, Trapping and Fishing Licenses
Any member of the armed forces of the United States of America while actually stationed within the State shall be deemed a resident of this State for the purpose of obtaining a license to hunt, trap and fish in this State. (Title 7, Chapter 5, Section 505) Any veteran having at least a 60% service-connected disability (certified by the Veterans Administration), or 65 years or older, or are blind, are exempt from the licensing requirements.

Visit the Delaware Department of Veterans Affairs website for contact information and benefits assistance.

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