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North Carolina State Veteran's Benefits

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

North Carolina Veteran Housing Programs

North Carolina State Veterans Nursing Homes
The State of North Carolina is proud to offer four, full-service, State Veterans Homes. They are located adjacent to the VA Medical Center in Fayetteville, on the W.G. Hefner Medical Center campus in Salisbury, Kinston, and in Black Mountain. To be eligible for admission, a veteran must have served in the Armed Forces for other than training purposes, have received an honorable discharge, resided in North Carolina at least 24 months prior to the date of application, been referred by a licensed physician and be in need of skilled nursing care, and must be disabled by reason of age, disease, or other reasons determined through a physical exam.

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North Carolina Financial Assistance Benefits

Income Tax Relief
If an individual had five years of creditable military service as of August 12, 1989, all of their military retirement income is exempt from N.C. State taxes.

Property Tax Relief
To qualify as a disabled veteran and be eligible for a homestead property tax exemption under North Carolina law, a person must meet certain criteria. The property owner must be a veteran of any branch of the US Armed Forces with an honorable discharge and must have a permanent & total service connected disability of 100% from the US Department of Veteran Affairs. If in receipt of DIC, a surviving spouse of a disabled veteran may also qualify for a tax exemption. The disabled veteran homestead exemption is the first $45,000 of your assessed real property value is exempt from tax abatement.

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North Carolina Education Benefits

Scholarships
A four-year scholarship program at approved schools in North Carolina has been established for the qualifying natural or adopted (before age 15) children of certain class categories of deceased, disabled, combat or POW/MIA veterans

Other North Carolina State Veteran Benefits

Hunting and Fishing Licenses
All 50% or more disabled veterans may obtain a lifetime hunting-fishing license upon the payment of a fee ranging from $10 to $110 depending on the type of license purchased.. Members of the U.S. Armed Forces stationed in North Carolina, their spouses and their dependents under age 18 residing with them are deemed residents of North Carolina for the purpose of purchasing licenses issued by the Wildlife Resources Commission.

Auto License Plates
The following auto license plates are available to eligible persons:

  • Afghanistan Veteran
  • Bronze Star Valor Recipient
  • Bronze Star Recipient
  • Congressional Medal of Honor
  • Desert Storm Veteran
  • Disabled Veteran
  • Distinguished Flying Cross
  • Distinguished Service Cross
  • Ex-Prisoner of War
  • Gold Star Lapel Button
  • Iraq Veteran
  • Korean Conflict
  • Legion of Merit
  • Legion of Valor
  • Partially Disabled Veteran
  • Pearl Harbor Survivor
  • Purple Heart Recipient Motorcycle
  • Purple Heart Recipient
  • Silver Star Disabled Veteran

North Carolina State Veterans Cemeteries
The primary mission of the NCDVA Veterans Cemeteries is to provide a free burial plot to a North Carolina Veteran and their legal spouse and dependents under certain conditions. The veterans must be discharged under honorable conditions and meet certain residency requirements. There are four state veterans cemeteries: Black Mountain, Jacksonville, Spring Lake, and Goldsboro.

Visit the North Carolina Department of Military and Veterans Affairs website for more information on any of these programs.

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