The state of Alabama provides several veteran benefits. This page offers a brief description of each of those benefits.
Alabama State Veterans Home
The State of Alabama has 4 veterans homes:
- The Bill Nichols State Veterans Home in Alexander City
- The Floyd E. "Tut" Fann State Veterans Home in Huntsville
- The William F. Green State Veterans Home in Bay Minette
- The Col. Robert L Howard State Veterans Home in Pell City.
There is a monthly fee for the veterans homes, you must have an honorable discharge and at least one day of wartime service to qualify for admittance.
Alabama Tax Benefits For Veterans
Property Tax for Homes of Totally Disabled Persons Over Age 65
Permanently and totally disabled Alabama residents are exempt from ad valorem taxes on their home and and adjacent 160 acres of land if they are 65 years of age or older and have a net annual income of $12,000.00 or less.
Property Tax for VA Specially Adapted Houses
Any veteran who has a home that was acquired under the VA's specially adapted housing grant is tax exempt as long as it is owned and occupied by the veteran or their surviving spouse.
Income Tax for Military Retirees
All military retirement pay is exempt from any Alabama state, county or municipal income tax.
Motor Vehicle Paid for by VA Grant
Any disabled veteran who owns a vehicle which was paid for by the VA will pay no license fees or ad valorem taxes on it.
Alabama Veteran Employment Benefits
All honorably discharged veterans can have 5 points added to any state employment examination scores. Those with a service-connected disability who are entitled to VA pension, or compensation will get 10 points added to their score.
Spouses and Widows/Widowers of certain disabled or deceased veterans can have the 10-point preference extended to them and added to any test scores.
Veterans also get preference over non-veterans with the same ratings on the classified service employment registers.
Alabama Veteran Education Benefits
Tuition Waiver for Purple Heart Medal Recipients
Purple Heart recipients may be eligible for free education at Alabama public institutions of higher learning including two-year and four-year technical colleges, community colleges, and junior colleges. Check with your school to see if they participate in the program.
Alabama GI Dependents Scholarship Program
The state of Alabama will waive up to $250 per semester hour and $1,000 for books each semester at any Alabama institution of higher learning including two-year and four-year technical colleges, community colleges, and junior colleges.
Any dependent child under 26 whose parent is, or was, an Alabama resident veteran with a VA disability of at least 20 percent may qualify for up to five years of benefits.
Spouses or un-remarried surviving spouses of veterans rated 100% permanently and totally disabled can also get five years of benefits. Spouses and un-remarried surviving spouses of veterans rated 40-90% disabled can get three years of benefits.
Alabama Veteran Recreation Benefits
Discounted Fishing License
Alabama resident veterans who are at least 20% disabled can get a discounted freshwater fishing license.
Disabled Veteran Special Hunting License
A special hunting license is available to 100% service-connected veterans at a cost of $2 plus the applicable issuance fee.
A special hunting license is available to 50% service-connected veterans at half of the usual cost plus the applicable issuance fee
Retired Military Pistol Permit
A pistol permit is available for free to individuals who are otherwise eligible for a pistol permit and who retired from active duty the Reserves, or National Guard.
Alabama State Veterans Cemetery
The Alabama State Veterans Cemetery is located in Spanish Fort. Eligibility for interment in the State Veterans Cemetery follows National Cemetery Administration eligibility requirements.
In general, veterans discharged under conditions other than dishonorable and their spouses and dependent children are eligible. Residency requirements exist.
For spouses or dependent children, a fee will be charged on the day of interment. For veterans, there is no cost.
There are also three national VA cemeteries in Alabama.
Visit the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs website for more information on any of these programs.