Maryland State Veteran's Benefits

The state of Maryland provides several veteran benefits. This section offers a brief description of each of the following benefits.

Maryland Veteran Housing Programs

Charlotte Hall Veterans Home
Maryland's veteran's home is located on 125 acres on the site of the former Charlotte Hall Military Academy in Charlotte Hall, Maryland. Opened in 1985, the 504-bed facility provides a continuum of care from the 168-bed assisted living program to the 286-bed skilled nursing program. Specialized care, for those suffering from Alzheimer's and other related dementia, is provided in a 42-bed secured unit. Listed below are the eligibility requirements:

  • Honorably discharged veteran of the United States Armed Forces or the legal spouse of a veteran eligible to be admitted to Charlotte Hall*
  • Maryland resident
  • Age 62 or older, unless disabled and unable to work

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Maryland Financial Assistance Benefits

Property Tax Exemption
A property tax exemption is available to veterans who are permanently and totally disabled from service-connected causes, for their primary residence located in the State of Maryland.

The exemption passes to the veteran's spouse upon his or her death. The surviving spouse of active duty military personnel who died in the line of duty as well as the surviving spouse of a totally disabled veteran, or a spouse who receives the dependency and indemnity compensation (effective June 30, 2006) may also receive an exemption.

Military Retired Pay Income Tax Exemption
Military retirees are exempt from Maryland income tax on the first $5000 of their retirement income. In addition, military retirees who are over the age of 65, totally disabled, or who have a spouse who is totally disabled receive an additional subtraction.

Vessel Excise Tax
Active duty military personnel are exempt from the 5% vessel excise tax levied on the sale, resale or transfer of a vessel. The exemption is for not more than one year to current owners of vessels who are members of the armed services and who are serving on active duty.

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Maryland Employment Benefits

Employment & Business Assistance Programs
Maryland offers several employment assistance help veterans successfully transition to a civilian career. In addition the state offers several programs to help veterans start and run their own small business enterprises.

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Maryland Education Benefits

A number of scholarships are available to veterans, military personnel, and dependents in Maryland.  In addition to the scholarships listed, more information on financial assistance, programs, applications, and condition of awards, can be found by going to the Maryland Higher Education Commission listing of State Financial Aid Programs.

Maryland Veteran Health Care Programs

Veteran Health Care Programs
Maryland offers several health care programs to help both young and older veterans. These programs include mental health assistance, PTSD, and drug and alcohol abuse programs.

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Other Maryland State Veteran Benefits

State Veterans Cemetery & Memorial Program
The Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs administers a system of five state veterans' cemeteries, across the State and oversees the Washington Confederate Cemetery located in the Rose Hill Cemetery. A burial plot is provided to eligible veterans and their eligible dependents, when the veteran is a resident of the State of Maryland and has received an honorable discharge. Plots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no cost to the veteran for burial plot, opening/closing, headstone and State liner (if used). Eligible dependents have a minimal opening/closing cost and a direct cost for State liner (if used). There is also a pre-interment program where veterans can indicate their desire to be buried in one of the Five (5) State veteran's cemeteries and verify their eligibility for burial.

Maryland Veterans Memorials
The Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs manages three veteran memorials. The Maryland World War II Memorial is in Annapolis, Korean War and Maryland Veterans Vietnam Memorials are in Baltimore. The Department shares joint responsibility for the War Memorial Building in Baltimore with the City of Baltimore.

Obtaining Copies of Documents
Whenever a veteran requests benefits and services, a copy of the individual's discharge papers is required to verify eligibility. This includes admission to Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, Maryland's five veteran cemeteries, VA claims and a myriad of other services provided to veterans and their families. World War II veterans who were Maryland residents at the time of entry into the service, and veterans who were discharged after October 15, 1979 and had a Maryland address at the time of discharge, can contact our Baltimore Office to inquire if we have a copy of their discharge papers. Veterans and their next of kin can also request a copy of the service member's DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty from the National Archives.

Game Hunting & Fishing Licenses
100% service-connected disabled veterans and former POWs may obtain free hunting and fishing licenses. Additionally, Maryland residents in the Armed Forces, or service members who are on active duty and stationed in Maryland, may hunt without cost, if they are on official leave.

Admission to State Parks
The Maryland Park Service offers an Access MD Pass for free entry to State Parks to individuals with disabilities. Additionally, the Golden Age Pass allows free entry to individuals 62 and older.

Auto Tags
Certain severely disabled veterans (amputees, blind veterans and veterans who are 100% disabled) may be issued a disabled license plate for a motor vehicle without charge entitling them to special parking privileges.

Visit the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs website for more information on any of these programs.

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