Maine State Veteran's 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.
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 qualifying veteran must have:
- Served during any federally recognized war period (including other recognized service periods
- Been awarded the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
- Served as a member of the American Merchant Marine in Oceangoing Service between December 7, 1941 and August 15, 1945; or
- Become totally disabled from an injury or disease incurred or aggravated during active military service in the line of duty and be receiving any form of pension or compensation from the United State Government for total, service-connected disability.
In addition, a qualifying veteran must:
- Be a resident of Maine;
- Claim an exemption, in writing, with the assessor of the municipality in which the veteran resides; and
- Meet one of the following:
- Be at least 62 years old by April 1 of the year for which exemption is requested;
- Receive a pension or compensation from the federal government for total disability, either service- or non-service-connected, as a veteran; or
- Receive a pension or compensation from the federal government for total disability because of injury or disease incurred or aggravated during active military service in the line of duty.
Property owned by a qualifying veteran is exempt from municipal property tax for up to $6,000 of just value, in the municipality where the veteran is a legal resident. If a qualifying veteran is paraplegic, that veteran is eligible for an exemption from municipal property tax for up to $50,000 of just valuation for a specially adapted housing unit in the municipality where the veteran is a legal resident.
Property owned by a qualifying spouse is exempt from municipal property tax for up to $6,000 of just value in the municipality where the qualifying spouse is a legal resident. If an individual is the qualifying spouse of a paraplegic veteran, that qualifying spouse is eligible for an exemption from municipal property tax for up to $50,000 of just value in the municipality where the qualifying spouse is a legal resident. To qualify for the larger exemption, the spouse must meet the requirements of a qualifying spouse and be the widow or widower of a paraplegic veteran who received a grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs for specially adapted housing.
Property owned by a qualifying child of a deceased veteran is exempt from municipal property tax for up to $6,000 of just value in the municipality where the child is a legal resident.
Property owned by a qualifying parent of a deceased veteran is exempt from municipal property tax for up to $6,000 of just value in the municipality where the parent is a legal resident.
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.
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.
Available to dependents of veterans who entered the service from Maine or have been a resident of Maine for 5 years immediately preceding application for this benefit. The veteran must be 100% service-connected, permanently and totally disabled, killed in action, or died as a result of injuries suffered in-service.
Spouses of veterans are entitled to receive up to 120 credit hours of educational benefits and have 10 years from the date of first entrance to complete the program. Children of veterans have 6 academic years from the date of first entrance to complete 120 credits. Students must maintain at least a 2.0 or “C” grade point average to continue receiving educational benefits. If a student’s grade point average falls below 2.0 or a “C”, then the student has one semester to bring the grade point average up to at least a 2.0 or a “C”. If after that semester the student’s grade point average is below 2.0 or a “C”, the student loses educational benefits under this paragraph until the student achieves a grade point average of at least 2.0 or a “C”.
This benefit is only available at the University of Maine System, Maine Community Colleges and Maine Maritime Academy. Private colleges, out-of-state universities, prep schools, adult education and correspondence courses are not covered under this program.
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.
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. Spouses are eligible for burial
Visit the Bureau of Maine Veterans' Services website for more information on any of these programs.