Arizona State Veteran's Benefits

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

Arizona Veteran Housing Benefits

Arizona State Veteran Home
The state of Arizona has 2 Veteran's homes, a 200 bed facility in Phoenix and a 120 bed facility in Tucson. Both are skilled care nursing facilities operated and maintained by the Arizona Department of Veterans' Services. The Veteran Homes offer different levels of nursing care and encourage residents to function at their highest level. The state-of-the-art facilities have been designed to be both functional and provide a pleasing environment with a southwest atmosphere.

Veterans must be honorably discharged and be certified by a doctor as needing skilled nursing care. Spouses may also be admitted.\

Property Tax
The property tax of widows, widowers, and disabled persons may be waived in certain cases. Contact your County Assessor office for eligibility.

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Arizona Veteran Financial Benefits

Income Tax Exemptions
Federal (Civil Service or Military Retirement) payments up to $2,500.00 per year are exempt from state taxes.

Vehicle License Tax and Registration Fees
No license tax or registration fee is collected from any 100% service-connected disabled veteran for a personally owned vehicle. A veteran residing in Arizona is exempt from a vehicle license tax on a vehicle acquired by the veteran through financial aid from the VA. This also applies to the surviving spouse, if the Veteran dies, until they remarry.

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Arizona Veteran Employment Benefits

Employment Preferences
Veterans who pass an examination for employment by the state, county or city will have 5 points added to their certification score. The veteran must have served for more than six (6) months and be separated under honorable conditions. Veterans entitled to compensation for a service-connected disability will have 10 points added to their certification score. Certain spouses or surviving spouses shall be given a 5 point preference if the veteran died of a service-connected disability.

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Arizona Veteran Education Benefits

Tuition and Fees-Deferred Payment
A veteran or eligible dependent who has applied for educational benefits under the G. I. Bill at state-supported community colleges, colleges and universities may defer payment of tuition, fees and required books for up to 120 days with no interest charges. Extensions of this time limit are available.

Tuition Waivers for War-Wounded and Dependents of Killed in Action
A former member of the Arizona National Guard who received a purple heart citation on or after September 11, 2001 (who was medically discharged because of a service-connected injury) is eligible for a tuition waiver for Arizona community colleges or universities. The waiver may also be available to a dependent of a national guard member or active duty forces who was an Arizona resident or stationed in Arizona and who was killed in the line of duty or who died from injuries suffered in the line of duty while traveling to or from duty.

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Arizona Veteran Recreation Benefits

Hunting and Fishing Licenses
Resident hunting and fishing licenses for members of the armed forces on active duty, stationed in state are available upon application. Complimentary licenses will be issued to veterans verified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to be one hundred percent service-connected disabled and who have been a resident for one year ore more. Note: Contact the nearest Department of Game and Fish office.

Arizona State Parks
Arizona State Parks Offers provides Arizona’s 100% permanently disabled veterans with a complimentary “Disabled Veterans Annual Day Use Pass”. The pass allows qualified veterans with day use access to all twenty-seven State Parks.

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Other Arizona Veteran Benefits

Veteran Cemeteries
The state of Arizona has 3 Veterans' cemeteries which are located in Camp Navajo, Marana, and Sierra Vista. Any veteran who has an other-than-dishonorable discharge is eligible for burial. Spouses and certain dependents are also eligible for burial. There is no charge for interment for veterans, and a one-time nominal fee for eligible spouses and dependents

Burial and Headstones
When a veteran or a surviving spouse dies without sufficient means for funeral expenses, the County Board of Supervisors is responsible to ensure that burial will not be in a portion of ground used exclusively for burial of paupers. A suitable plot will be used, and the county may apply to the VA for expenses not to exceed $150.00.

When the county buries an indigent veteran, the county clerk will make an application to the VA for a suitable headstone and make arrangements for it to be placed at the head of the grave.

Visit the Arizona Department of Veterans Affairs website for more information about any of these programs.

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