South Carolina State Veteran's Benefits

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

South Carolina Veteran Housing Programs

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 Financial Assistance Benefits

Income Tax Exemption on Military Retirement Pay
Any person retired from the uniformed services or their surviving spouse, shall be allowed an exemption from the S.C. State Income Tax of $3,000 until age 65. At age 65 $10,000 of retirement pay is exempt.

Property Taxes - Homestead Exemption
All persons who have been declared permanently and totally disabled by the Social Security Administration, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, other state or federal agencies, 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 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 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.

Active Duty Pay Relevant to the SC Department of Revenue & Taxation
Non-resident armed services personnel who are legal residents of other States stationed within South Carolina by virtue of military orders, are not subject to South Carolina income tax on their service pay. They are, however, subject to tax on any other income earned in South Carolina by spouses of service personnel.

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South Carolina 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.

Veterans Reemployment Rights
Employees of the State/any political subdivision thereof, on or after June 25, 1950 has been, or will be, commissioned, enlisted/selected for service in the Armed Forces of the U.S. shall be entitled to a leave of absence from his/her duties as an employee of the State/any political subdivision thereof, without loss of seniority or efficiency or register rating.

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South Carolina 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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Other South Carolina State Veteran Benefits

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.

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 Parks Totally Disabled Persons
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.

Special License Plates
Upon establishing proof of eligibility to entitlement, the S.C. Department of Public Safety may issue special motor vehicle license plates to the following:

  • National Guard
  • National Guard Retirees
  • Purple Heart Recipients
  • Disabled Veterans
  • U.S. Armed Forces Retirees
  • Ex-Prisoners of War
  • Medal of Honor Recipients
  • Pearl Harbor Survivors
  • Normandy Invasion Survivors
  • Marine Corps League

Presentation of the State Flag to Families of Deceased Members of the South Carolina National Guard
Provides that the State Adjutant General's Office shall present to the family of each deceased member of the South Carolina National Guard a flag of the State of South Carolina, appropriate for use as a burial flag, upon application of a member of the family of the deceased.

Recording of Discharges
A certified copy of the recorded discharge may be obtained upon request. Any person desiring a certified copy of any discharge or certificate of lost discharge, may apply to the County Clerk of Court or the County Veterans Affairs Officer in which the discharge or certificate of lost discharge is registered and shall be furnished a certified copy. Fees for furnishing a certified copy of discharge or DD Form 214 may be established by each county, but may not exceed fifty cents.

Marriage, Birth, Death and Divorce Verification
Provides for the verification of marriage, birth, death, and divorce records without cost when such is required by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the S.C. Division of Veterans Affairs, the County Veterans Affairs Offices, or any out of state Veterans Affairs entities.

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

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