Maine State Veteran's Benefits
- Housing Benefits
- Financial Benefits
- Employment Benefits
- Education Benefits
- Recreation Benefits
- Other State Veteran Benefits
Maine Veterans' Homes
Main has six veterans' homes located in Augusta, Bangor, Caribou, Machias, Scarborough, and South Paris. Honorably discharged veterans who served at least one (1) day of active duty other than for training (both wartime & peacetime); spouses, widows, and widowers of qualified veterans; and gold star parents (a parent whose son or daughter died from wounds received in combat) can come to a Maine Veterans’ Home.
Military retirement is tax-free.
Veterans Small Business Loan Program
The Finance Authority of Maine may provide special loan insurance to veterans and wartime veterans for veteran-owned small businesses. The Authority does not make small business loans.
Property Tax Exemption
A Veteran who served during a recognized war period and is 62 years or older; or, is receiving 100% disability as a Veteran; or, became 100% disabled while serving, is eligible for a $6,000 property tax exemption. Un-remarried surviving spouses are also eligible.
Maine Military Family Relief Fund
The Maine Military Family Relief Fund provides emergency assistance to qualified military members and dependents.
Preference points shall be added to the earned qualifying rating in examinations, provided that a passing grade is attained, of Veterans applying for positions in the state service in accordance with the following, provided that they have not been previously employed in the classified service after obtaining preference points. A Veteran who is receiving a disability pension shall be entitled to preference points under this subsection, notwithstanding his previous employment in the classified service after obtaining preference points.
- A Veteran who served on active duty in any of the Armed Forces for at least 90 days consecutively and who was honorably separated or their un-remarried surviving spouse will be given a 5 point preference.
- A Veteran who served on active duty in any of the Armed Forces for at least 90 consecutive days, at any time, was honorably separated, and who has a service-connected disability of at least 10% will be given 10 point preference.
- The Spouse of a disabled veteran is entitled to a 10 point preference in lieu of the veteran when the veteran's disability disqualifies him or her for appointment in the classified service along the general lines of his or her usual occupation.
- The surviving spouse, who has never remarried, of a veteran who lost his or her life under honorable conditions while serving on active duty, or who died as the result of service-connected disability will be given a 10 point preference.
- The natural parent of a veteran who died in the line of duty are given a 10 point preference.
Veterans Dependents Education Benefits Program
This benefit applies to dependents of Maine veterans who entered the service from Maine or has been a resident for 5 years immediately preceding application for aid and, if living, continues to reside in Maine throughout the duration of benefits administered under the educational benefits program and who:
- has a 100% total permanent disability resulting from service-connected disability as a result of service;
- was killed in Action;
- died from a service-connected disability as a result of service;
- at the time of death was totally and permanently disabled due to a service- connected disability, but whose death was not related to the service-connected disability; or
- is a member of the Armed Forces on active duty who has been listed for more than 90 days as missing in action, captured or forcibly detained or interned in the line of duty by a foreign government or power.
The continuous residency requirement of this program does not apply to a person who is receiving educational benefits under this chapter on or before January 1, 2006.
NOTE: If a veteran was a resident of Maine prior to his/her death for less than five years, and application is received subsequently after the five year period from the date he/she last established residency, the applicant will be considered eligible and the deceased veteran will have been considered to have met eligibility requirements for purposes of this benefit.
Spouses of veterans who are attending state-supported post secondary vocational schools or institutions of collegiate grade must be admitted free of tuition including mandatory fees and lab fees for associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs. Room and board may not be waived. Spouses have 10 years from the date of first entrance to complete the program.
Children of veterans who are attending state supported postsecondary vocational schools or institutions of collegiate grade must be admitted free of tuition including mandatory fees and lab fees for associate’s and bachelor’s programs. The tuition waiver provided under this paragraph may be reduced by an amount necessary to ensure that the value of this waiver, combined with all other grants and benefits received by the student, does not exceed the total cost of education. Room and board may not be waived.
A child of a veteran has 6 academic years from the date of first entrance to complete 8 semesters. The director may waive the limit of 6 consecutive academic years when the Recipient's education has been interrupted by severe medical disability or illness making continued attendance impossible.
Hunting & Fishing Licenses for Disabled Veterans
A disabled veteran who has a service connected disability evaluated at 50% or more may obtain a complimentary license to fish, trap, hunt, including archery, muzzle load, bear, migratory bird, pheasant, spring/fall wild turkey, coyote night hunt, crossbow, one expanded archery antler less deer permit, and upon meeting the qualifications, a license to guide.
This license is available to disabled veterans who are residents of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
This license(s) remains valid for the life of the license holder, as long as the license holder continues to satisfy the residency requirements.
State Park Fees
Any disabled veteran displaying on the veteran's motor vehicle special designating plates or placards issued in accordance with Maine law is not required to pay a fee for admission to any state-owned park, camping area or beach.
Active Duty Military Hunting & Fishing Licenses
Maine military personnel who are on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and permanently stationed outside Maine may purchase either a hunting, fishing, or combination hunting and fishing license for a discount.
Hunting & Fishing Licenses for Non-Resident Active Duty Members
Anyone serving in the U.S. Armed Forces and permanently stationed at a military base in Maine may purchase a resident license to hunt, fish, or trap.
Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery
The Maine Veterans' Memorial Cemetery System consists of four cemeteries. One of which is located in Caribou, two in Augusta and one in Springvale. The State will, without charge, open and close the grave and furnish perpetual care. Military rank or civilian stature will not be given consideration in selection or size of individual graves. Consequently, all graves will be equal in size and type. Selection of the lot will be made by the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery System office in the order that burial requests occur. Eligible dependents will be buried adjacent to the plot of the buried veteran.
Visit the Bureau of Maine Veterans' Services website for more information on any of these programs.