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

South Carolina Veterans Housing Benefits

Specially Adapted Housing
Provides for the exemption of state, county, and municipal taxes on the residence of veterans who have lost the use of their lower extremities or who has paralysis of one lateral half of the body resulting from injury to the motor centers of the brain.

State Veterans Nursing Homes
There are three facilities in South Carolina: the E. Roy Stone Jr., Pavilion in Columbia, the Richard Michael Campbell Veterans Nursing Home in Anderson, and the Veterans' Victory House in Walterboro.

Admission to these facilities is limited to veterans who have been separated from the U.S. Armed Forces under honorable conditions and qualify as South Carolina residents who are in need of skilled or intermediate nursing home care.

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South Carolina Veterans Financial Benefits

Income Tax Exemption on Military Pay
Active duty pay is taxable. Reserve & National Guard drill pay is not taxable.

Income Tax Exemption on Military Retirement Pay
An individual taxpayer who has military retirement income, may deduct an amount from his South Carolina taxable income equal to the amount of military retirement income that is included in his South Carolina taxable income. The deductions are phased in over five years beginning in 2016.

Property Taxes - Homestead Exemption
All persons who have been declared permanently and totally disabled by the VA are eligible for a homestead exemption in an amount set by the General Assembly. This also applies to persons over age 65.

Property Tax Exemption
Provides that the dwelling house in which a veteran resides who has been rated as permanently and totally disabled by the VA may be tax exempt. The tax exemption may be transferred when purchasing another dwelling.

Parking Fee Exemption
Provides for an exemption of municipal parking meter fees when a veteran's vehicle bears a disabled veteran ("V" tag), Purple Heart or Medal of Honor license plate.

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South Carolina Veterans Employment Benefits

Veterans Preference
Preference will be granted to eligible members for employment and/or an appointment in public departments or public works operating on a merit system.

Eligible members:

  • Must be Honorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the U.S.
  • Must possess the skills and knowledge required for the position involved.

Credit of State Retirement for Military Service
A person leaving employment with the State for military duty, may continue with the State's Retirement Program if he/she continues to make payments based on the salary he/she was receiving when employed by the State.

An employee of the State with two or more years of credited service with the South Carolina Retirement System may also purchase additional credit, up to six years, for military service towards his/her State retirement.

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South Carolina Veterans Education Benefits

Education Assistance (Fee tuition for certain veteran's children)
Provides for free tuition to the children of certain war veterans attending South Carolina state supported colleges and universities as well as state supported post high school technical education institutions. Certain residency requirements apply.

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South Carolina Veterans Recreation Benefits

Free Hunting & Fishing Licenses
Provides for free hunting/fishing license to veterans who are totally disabled. License must be applied for directly from SC Department of Natural Resources showing proof of disability.

State Park Admission for Disabled Veterans
Provides that any South Carolina resident who is a permanently and totally disabled veteran may enter any state park at a reduced rate upon presentation of supporting disability documentation. The veteran may also apply for a reduced fee "Palmetto Passport." Certain services may require an additional fee.

Visit the South Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs website for contact information and benefits assistance.

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