Louisiana State Veteran's Benefits
Louisiana War Veterans Homes
The Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs operates five War Veterans Homes. These homes, located in Reserve, Monroe, Bossier City, Jackson, and Jennings provide nursing care.
For admission to a Louisiana State Veterans Home, a veteran must be a resident of the state of Louisiana. State residence is not mandatory if the applicant is referred from an in-state United States Department of Veterans’Affairs Medical Center or by a Louisiana Department of Veterans’ Affairs Veterans’ Assistance Counselor. The applicant must agree to abide by all rules and regulations governing the Home. Applicants who have income will be expected to pay for their care as is set forth in the care and maintenance schedule adopted for governing the Home residents. Spouses and Gold Star parents are eligible if they meet basic qualifying criteria. The applicant must undergo an examination to ascertain whether he/she meets the criteria for admission to the Home.
Property Tax Exemptions
The property tax for Veterans rated with 50% or greater disability is frozen at the current rate, this also applies to spouses of deceased disabled Veterans. There are income limits and other qualifications, check with your local assessor's office to see if it is available in your parish .Veterans with 100% unemployability or totally disabled as well as their surviving spouses qualify for double the Homestead exemption.
Transfer of Military Skills to Civilian Employment
Individuals with military training and experience will be granted professional licensure and/or certification when the service member has been awarded a military occupational specialty and performance in that specialty is at a level equal to or exceeding the requirements for said license and/or certification (provisions may apply). The same also allows for spouses of individuals with military training and experience will be granted a license, certification or registration to lawfully practice an occupation by the appropriate professional or occupational licensing board when the spouse meets certain conditions.
Veterans Civil Service Preference (Employment Preference)
Louisiana state and city civil service departments award a five point preference in original appointment to Veterans who served honorably U.S. Armed Forces. They also award ten-point preference to each honorably discharged service-connected disabled Veteran. Spouses of Veterans who are rated VA unemployable as well as un-remarried widows of deceased Veterans and Gold Star parents are also eligible for this preference. Some restrictions apply for eligibility.
Dependents Educational Assistance
Section 288 of Title 29 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950 has been amended and re-enacted to provide financial aid for children and surviving spouses of certain veterans of this state who died in service in the Armed Forces of the United States or died of a service connected disability incurred during a wartime period.
The law provides the same benefits for those children of living veterans who are rated 90% or above disabled, including 100% individual unemployability, by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs "Schedule for Rating Disabilities", as a result of a disability or disabilities incurred in service in the Armed Forces of the United States.
The law further requires that the deceased veteran must have been a resident of the State of Louisiana for at least twelve months immediately preceding entry into service. The living veteran must have resided in the state not less than twenty-four months immediately preceding the child's admission into the Program.
The surviving spouse must use this Program within ten years of the date eligibility is established. A child must be between the ages of sixteen and twenty-five.
National Guard Tuition
Members are exempt from tuition at any state-funded college, university, or vocational/technical school for five years or a bachelor's degree, whichever comes first. The Adjutant General of Louisiana is responsible for the overall policies, guidance, administration, and proper utilization of this program.
Military Retiree Pay Tax Exemption
Military retirement benefits are exempt form Louisiana state taxes.
Free Hunting/Fishing Licenses
Disabled veterans classified with a service connected permanent disability, rated 50% or higher and who are Louisiana residents can get hunting and fishing licenses free of charge. Active duty military will also be granted resident status when purchasing hunting and fishing licenses. Applications may be obtained and certified by contacting the local Parish Veterans Service Office.
Free Entrance to State Parks
Eligible Veterans are exempt from paying the day-use entrance fee to any Louisiana state park. Contact your LDVA Parish Office for details.
Discounts on Driver's License or ID Fees
Veterans may qualify for special discounts or waivers on fees for LA Driver's Licenses and ID's.
Louisiana Veterans Honor Medal Program
Authorized in 2008 as a way to honor, thank, and recognize Louisiana Veterans for their honorable military service.
Louisiana Veterans Cemeteries
The Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs has 3 cemeteries located in Keithville, Leesville, and Slidell. The Northeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Rayville is currently awaiting Federal funding
The cemeteries are available for qualifying Veterans, their spouses and dependent children, there is no charge for Veterans and only a small fee for spouses and dependent children
Visit the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs website for more information about any of these programs.