The state of Arkansas provides several veteran benefits. This page explains some of them.
Arkansas Veterans Home
Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs operates two state Veterans Homes located in Fayetteville and North Little Rock. With twenty-four hour nursing service and a staff physician, medical needs are fully met.
Criteria for admission:
- No criminal record
- Honorable discharge
- Arkansas residents have first priority.
- Veteran's spouses and Gold Star parents may apply for admission.
- Have a medical need for nursing home placement
Arkansas Veteran Financial Benefits
Personal Property Tax Exemption
Veterans who have been awarded special monthly compensation by the VA for the loss of - or the loss of use of - one or more limbs, total blindness in one or both eyes, or for 100 percent service-connected total and permanent disability may be exempt from payment of all state taxes on their homestead and personal property. Un-remarried surviving spouses, and dependent minor children may also get this benefit.
Surviving spouses are also eligible if the veteran was killed or died within the scope of his military duties, is missing in action, or died from service connected causes.
Gross Receipt of Tax Exemption
Gross receipts or gross proceeds received from the sale of motor vehicles and adaptive equipment to disabled veterans who have purchased the motor vehicles or adaptive equipment with the financial assistance of the VA are exempt from taxes.
Income Tax Exemption
Active duty pay is tax-free.
All retired pay is tax-free beginning in 2018.
Arkansas Veteran Hiring Preference
Veterans with an honorable discharge or reserve/guard members with at least six years service will get a 5 point preference on state hiring exams.
Disabled veterans and their spouses will get a 10 point preference.
Arkansas Education Benefits
Free Tuition for Dependents
The Arkansas Department of Higher Education may provide free tuition and fees at any state supported college, university, technical school, or vocational school; to the wife and children of any Arkansan who has been declared to be POW or MIA since January 1, 1960. The same provisions apply to the surviving spouse and children of any Arkansas resident killed in action since 1960.
Arkansas Veteran Recreation Benefits
Discounted Hunting & Fishing Licenses for Military Retirees
Military retirees can get a discounted lifetime hunting, fishing or combination license.
Free Lifetime Hunting & Fishing Licenses for Disabled Veterans
Permanently and totally disabled Arkansas veterans can get discounted lifetime hunting, fishing, or combination licenses.
Arkansas State Parks
Half price camping in most Arkansas State Parks for 100% permanently disabled veterans.
Arkansas State Veterans' Cemeteries
There are two Arkansas State Veterans Cemeteries, one in North Little Rock, and one in Birdeye.
Veterans who have an other than dishonorable discharge are eligible for interment, along with certain others. Spouses and dependent children are also eligible. There is no cost for the veteran and a $300 cost for the spouse or dependent.
Visit the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs website for more information on any of these programs.