The state of Arizona provides several veteran benefits. This page explains some of them.
Arizona State Veterans Home
The state of Arizona has 2 veteran's homes, in Phoenix and Tucson. Both are skilled care nursing facilities.
Veterans must be honorably discharged and be certified by a doctor as needing skilled nursing care. Spouses may also be admitted.
Arizona Tax Benefits
Active duty pay is tax-free.
Federal (Civil Service or Military Retirement) payments up to $2,500.00 per year are tax-free.
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.
The property tax of widows, widowers, and disabled persons may be waived in certain cases. Contact your County Assessor office for eligibility
Arizona Veteran Employment Benefits
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 months and have an honorable discharge.
Honorably discharged veterans getting VA disability compensation 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.
Arizona Veteran Education Benefits
Arizona Purple Heart Tuition Waiver
This scholarship is available to:
- Post 9/11 veterans with at least a 50 percent VA disability, a Purple Heart medal, and who were AZ residents during their service
- Dependent children under 30 and un-remarried spouses of AZ military member who were killed in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001
- Post 9/11 AZ guard members who were medically discharged or received a Purple Heart.
Arizona Veteran Recreation Benefits
Hunting and Fishing Licenses
Active duty members can get hunting and fishing licenses at the resident rate.
Free hunting/fishing combo licenses are available for 100% service-connected disabled veterans who have been an AZ resident for at least 12 months.
Arizona State Parks
Arizona offers 100% permanently disabled veterans a complimentary “Disabled Veterans Annual Day Use Pass”. The pass allows qualified veterans with day use access to all twenty-seven state parks.
Arizona 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
Visit the Arizona Department of Veterans Affairs website for more information about any of these programs.
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