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Idaho State Veteran's Benefits

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The state of Idaho provides several veteran benefits. This section offers a brief description of the housing and other State Veteran benefits offered in Idaho.

Idaho Veteran Housing Programs

Veterans Homes
The following are Veteran Homes located in Idaho:

  • Boise Veterans Home
  • Lewiston Veterans Home
  • Pocatello Veterans Home

Applicants may be peacetime or wartime veterans, with wartime veterans retaining priority admission status. Applicants must have been discharged under honorable conditions and be a bona fide resident of the state of Idaho. In addition, applicants must be unemployable as a result of age, illness, or disability. Effective July 1, 2000, applicants must apply for and become eligible for Medicaid benefits or must pay the established maximum monthly nursing care charge.

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Idaho Employment Benefits

Idaho Law provides Veterans preference points for individuals who have been in active service, other than active duty for training, their unmarried spouses or widows/widowers are also eligible. Disabled Veterans may receive more preference points.

Idaho State Tax Exemptions

When stationed outside the State of Idaho, active duty personnel are exempt from Idaho state income tax.

Retired Military Pay: Retirement benefits paid by the United States to a retired member of the U.S. Military or the un-remarried widow of such member if the recipient is age 65 or older, or disabled and age 62 or older is deductible. 

Other Idaho State Veteran Benefits

Financial Assistance
Provides up to a $1,000 grant, in cases of extreme emergency, to wartime Veterans in need of assistance. Must have entered the military from Idaho, or lived within the state for at least 5 years. The event or emergency must have occurred within 90 days of the request.

Idaho State Parks Veterans PassIdaho Department of Parks and Recreation offers a Veteran's Pass that entitles 100% service-related disabled veterans free Idaho State Park day-use access and one free campsite per overnight stay.

Hunting & Fishing Licenses
Resident disabled American veterans may be eligible for reduced fees for licenses and tags. Nonresident disabled American veterans with a disability rating of 40 percent or more by Veterans Affairs are eligible for nonresident DAV reduced fees for licenses and tags. 

Idaho State Veterans Cemetery
The State of Idaho's Cemetery is located on 76.5 acres adjacent to the Dry Creek Cemetery in Northwest Boise. The eligibility requirements for burial at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery follow the National Veterans Cemetery eligibility requirements and Idaho law. There is no requirement to be a resident of the state of Idaho.

Visit the Idaho Division of Veterans Services website for more information on any of these programs.

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