Kansas State Veteran's Benefits
The State of Kansas runs two Veterans' Homes: The Kansas Veterans' Home in Winfield, which has 73 long-term care beds, a 43 bed domiciliary unit, and an 18 bed special care unit for Alzheimers and related dementia; there is also the Kansas Soldiers' Home in Fort Dodge, which has three domiciliary residence halls and 60 cottages. Applicants must have received an "other than dishonorable" discharge and be either disabled, indigent, or willing to pay for care. Spouses may accompany veterans on a space-available basis.
Disabled veterans can claim a homestead refund. Veterans must be Kansas residents, honorably discharged, and certified to have at least 50% permanent disability sustained through military actions. Surviving spouses of deceased disabled veterans are also eligible to claim the Homestead exemption until they remarry.
State Income Tax
Military retirement pay is not taxed by the state.
National Guard and Disabled Veterans Hunting/Fishing Licenses and State Park Permits
Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks offers active members of the Kansas Army and Air National Guard and disabled veterans free hunting and fishing licenses as well as discounted admission to state parks.
Military Distinctive License Plates
Certain groups of veterans may be eligible to purchase distinctive Kansas license plates based on their service or affiliation.
Vietnam War Medallion
The State of Kansas has authorized a medallion as a way to say "thank you" to the men and women who served during a very unpopular war. To qualify the veteran must have served on active duty between February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975, been a legal resident of Kansas either when they entered service or were discharged, and received an honorable discharge.
Kansas State Veterans Cemeteries
The state of Kansas has 4 state veterans' cemeteries in Ft. Dodge, Ft. Riley, Wakeeney, and Winfield. Veterans who received an "other-than-dishonorable" discharge, guard and reservists with at least 20 years of qualifying service, or those who die on active duty are eligible for burial. Dependents are also eligible for burial. There is no fee for veterans or their dependents, and there is no Kansas residency requirement.
Visit the Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs website for more information on any of these programs.