New Hampshire State Veteran's Benefits

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

  • Housing Benefits
  • Financial Assistance Benefits
  • Employment Benefits
  • Education Benefits
  • Other State Veteran Benefits

New Hampshire Veteran Housing Programs

Veterans' Home
Located at Tilton, the Veterans' Home is a 250-bed facility for honorably-discharged veterans who have served for a period of at least 90 days in the armed forces of the United States in time of war and who have been New Hampshire residents for one year preceding application. Some restrictions on assets and medical treatment exist.

Visit the New Hampshire Office of Veterans Services website for contact information and benefits assistance.

New Hampshire Financial Assistance Benefits

Bonuses  
Bonus of $100 for those with active service of 90 days or more between August 5, 1964, and August 15, 1973, or those who served in Vietnam between July 1, 1958, and August 5, 1964, and earned the Vietnam Service Medal or the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. Must have been a bona fide resident of New Hampshire at the time of enlistment and have received an honorable discharge. Claims made afte August 22, 1977, must be approved by the Adjutant General and the Governor and Executive Council.

Persian Gulf War Bonus of $100. Each person who actively served as a member of the armed forces of the United States between August 2, 1990, and November 30, 1995, and who earned the Southwest Asia Service Medal, and who was discharged, released or has a certificate of service therefrom, under honorable conditions, and who at the time of entry on such service, and at the time of such service was a bona fide resident of this state shall be entitled to a $100 bonus. However, no individual who has received a Persian Gulf War Bonus payment from another state shall be qualified to receive the NH bonus. Program expires August 31, 2002, but there are provisions that allow for acceptance of applications after that date.

Global War on Terrorism Operations Service Bonus of $100. Each person who actively served in any capacity as a member of the uniformed services of the United States on or after September 11, 2001 and on or before a date to be determined by the Secretary of Defense, and who earned the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal or Afghanistan Campaign, or Iraq Campaign Medal; and who was discharged, released or has a certificate of service therefrom, with an honorable discharge, or who is missing in action or who was killed in action; and who at the time of entry on such active service, and at the time of such service was a bona fide resident of this state shall be entitled to the benefits provided under this subdivision. Program ends on June 11, 2009, but there are provisions that allow for acceptance of applications after that date.

Tax Exemption  
Property owned and operated by certain veterans' organizations or departments, local chapters or posts shall be exempt from taxation.
Certain wartime veterans, their wives or widows may be eligible for a property tax credit of $50 ($100 if both are eligible veterans). Cities/towns may vote to adopt a higher tax credit of up to $500.

The widow of a veteran who was killed while on active duty in the military may be eligible for a tax credit of between $700 and $2000 on real estate or personal property.

There is a $700 tax credit on real estate occupied as principal place of abode by a permanently and totally disabled service-connected veteran, double amputee or paraplegic or unremarried surviving spouse. Cities and towns may vote to adopt a higher tax credit of up to $2000.

A permanently and totally disabled veteran who is blind, paraplegic or a double amputee as a result of service connection and who owns a specially adapted homestead acquired with the assistance of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, or with proceeds from the sale of any previous homestead acquired with the assistance of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, shall be exempt from all taxation on the homestead. The veteran's surviving spouse shall also be exempt from all taxation on the homestead.

Visit the New Hampshire Office of Veterans Services website for contact information and benefits assistance.

New Hampshire Employment Benefits

Employment Preference
Preference shall be given in appointing employees of the State Liquor Commission, in selecting members of the State Veterans Council, in appointing the Director of the State Veterans Council, in appointing the Commandant and employees of the New Hampshire Veterans Home, and veterans or their unremarried widows and spouses of disabled veterans in public departments and/or public works of state and local units.

Training
Reemployment of veterans by towns and other political subdivisions upon application being made within 90 days after the veteran is discharged from active military service.

Visit the New Hampshire Office of Veterans Services website for contact information and benefits assistance.

New Hampshire Education Benefits

Free Tuition at Vocational-Technical College
The child of a missing person who was domiciled in this State serving in or with the U.S. armed forces after February 28, 1961, is entitled to free tuition at vocational-technical college so long as said missing person is so reported/listed as missing, captured, etc.

Free Tuition for Surviving Children of Military Members
Children of military members who die in service during wartime, and children of certain wartime veterans who die from a service-connected disability, may qualify for free tuition at New Hampshire public institutions of higher learning. A scholarship for board, room, rent, books and supplies up to $2500 per year for a period of no more than 4 years at such educational institutions may be furnished to these children if they are in need of financial assistance.

Visit the New Hampshire Office of Veterans Services website for contact information and benefits assistance.

Other New Hampshire State Veteran Benefits

Burial  
Indigent veterans may be buried at the expense of the municipality in which the veteran died.

Veterans Cemetery
Veterans are eligible for interment in the State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen, NH. The cemetery opened in September 1997.

Claims   
Copies of public records are provided free when needed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to determine eligibility for benefits. The State Veterans Council and its veterans service officers shall assist veterans and dependents in obtaining benefits to which entitled under state or federal laws or regulations.

License Fee Exemption
Honorably discharged veterans who are residents of New Hampshire and who are permanently and totally disabled from service-connected disability may be issued a free perpetual Fish and Game License.

Patients at the V.A. Medical Center in Manchester, NH, and residents of the NH Veterans' Home may be issued free fishing permits under certain conditions.
Service-connected disabled veterans and their unremarried widows may be exempt from fees for a Peddler's License.

An amputee or paraplegic classified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as permanently and totally disabled from service-connected disability who owns a motor vehicle received from or replaced by the Department of Veterans Affairs may be furnished a special license plate without charge for one motor vehicle. Recipients of the Purple Heart and Survivors of Pearl Harbor may be issued one set of special license plates upon payment of registration fees.

A veteran determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to be totally blind because of a service-connected disability who owns a motor vehicle may be furnished a special license plate without charge for one vehicle.

Special license plates are available without charge to veterans who are former Prisoners of War (POWs).

Special license plates may be issued for motor vehicles owned by individuals with walking disabilities.

No registration fee is payable for a vehicle provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to an amputee, paraplegic or blind veteran classified as being permanently and totally disabled from service connection.

Any motor vehicle bearing special disabled veteran license plates shall be allowed free parking time in any city or town if the vehicle is under the direct control of the owner.

No fee shall be charged for a permit to register a motor vehicle owned by a veteran who has been classified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as being totally blind as a result of a service connected disability.

No fee shall be charged for a permit to register a motor vehicle owned by a war veteran who is an amputee, paraplegic or who suffered the loss of use of a limb from a service connected cause as certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs when the vehicle is received or a cash settlement in lieu thereof is received from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

No fee shall be charged for a motor vehicle operator's license for a veteran who is an amputee or paraplegic and who received a motor vehicle from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs nor for a veteran who has been classified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as being permanently and totally disabled due to service connected disability.

Visit the New Hampshire Office of Veterans Services website for contact information and benefits assistance.

Relief  
Disabled veterans may hunt from motor vehicles or boats under certain conditions with a proper permit.
War veterans and their dependent families who are unable to support themselves shall be supported at public expense in the town or city in which they live.

State Park Admission
NH veterans with any VA service-connected disability rating shall not be charged a fee for day-use admission to NH state parks. Disabled veteran license plates issued by the state of NH, or a letter issued by the VA certifying the veteran suffers from a service-connected disability shall be considered proof of entitlement. Any fees for the use of enterprise activities (including ski lifts, food service, campgrounds, etc.) shall be charged.
Any active member of a federally-recognized unit of the NH national guard who is a legal resident of this state and is serving (or who retired) in pay grades E-1 through E-6 shall not be charged a fee for admission to the state park system. Any fees for the use of enterprise activities (including ski lifts, food service, campgrounds, etc.) shall be charged.

Veterans License Plate

Veterans honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces may be issued a special license plate. The plate will only be issued upon application, submission of proof of honorable discharge.

Visit the New Hampshire Office of Veterans Services website for contact information and benefits assistance.

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