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

Arkansas Veteran Housing Benefits

Arkansas Veterans Home
Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs operates two State Veterans Homes located in Fayetteville and North Little Rock. These licensed Medicaid/Medicare skilled care nursing facilities provides a comfortable and supportive atmosphere for Veterans. With twenty-four hour nursing service and a staff physician, medical needs are fully met. With licensed social workers and an activities director, each resident has the support and encouragement he or she might need to promote a healthy active lifestyle.

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.

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Arkansas Veteran Financial Benefits

Personal Property Tax Exemption
Arkansas' disabled veterans who have been awarded special monthly compensation by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the loss of, or the loss of use of, one (1) or more limbs, for total blindness in one (1) or both eyes, or for service-connected one hundred percent (100%) total and permanent disability shall be exempt from payment of all state taxes on the homestead and personal property owned by the disabled veteran. Surviving spouses, so long as they remain unmarried, and dependent children, during their minority, continue this entitlement. Entitlement is also available if the veteran was killed or died within the scope of his military duties, is missing in action, or died from service connected causes as certified by the Department of Veterans Affairs. If subsequent marriage is terminated, surviving spouse may be reinstated. In all cases, annual re-certification of continued entitlement by the VA is required. In all cases, annual re-certification of continued entitlement by the VA is required. 

Gross Receipt of Tax Exemption
Gross receipts or gross proceeds derived 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 Gross receipts or gross proceeds derived 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.

Income Tax Exemption
Provides an exemption of the first $6,000.00 of active duty pay or retired pay.The exemptions include Reserve and National Guard Components or for retired members who are residents of the State of Arkansas.

Retired pay is tax-free beginning in 2018.

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Arkansas Veteran Employment Benefits

State Hiring Preference
State agencies and institutions of higher education are required to give preference to certain qualified Veterans, their Spouses, or the surviving Spouse of a deceased qualified Veteran in hiring and employment.

If an examination, evaluation, or similar instrument is given to establish a list of qualified candidates to be interviewed for a position at a state agency or institution of higher education subject to the Uniform Classification and Compensation Act, and an applicant entitled to a Veterans preference attains a passing grade, the applicant shall have five (5) points added to his or her final earned rating if the examination, evaluation, or similar instrument is subject to numerical scoring.

If the examination, evaluation, or similar instrument is not subject to numerical scoring, the selection authority shall demonstrate how Veterans preference was applied in developing a list of qualified candidates to be interviewed and selecting the successful candidate,

Disabled Veterans, Veterans over the age of fifty five (55) and who are disabled and entitled to a pension or compensation, or the Spouse of a disabled Veteran shall have ten (10) points added to his/her final rating score.

If a Veteran is not selected for a position and a numerical score was used, at the Veteran's request the selection authority shall provide the Veteran with his or her base score, adjusted score, and the successful candidate's score.

If a scoring method other than numerical was used, at the Veteran's request, the selection authority shall provide all documentation to the Veteran to demonstrate how the Veterans preference was used to develop the interview list and how the successful candidate was selected.

There are two types of preference eligibility:

  • Non-disabled (five-point preference eligible)
  • Disabled (10-point preference eligible)

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Arkansas Education Benefits

Free Tuition for Dependents
Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) has the authority to 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 Prisoner of War or placed in a missing-in-action status since January 1, 1960. The same provisions apply to the surviving spouse and children of any Arkansas resident killed in action since 1960.

In-State Tuition
In addition to offering in-state tuition to recently discharged veterans and their dependents, the state of Arkansas offers in-state tuition to military members and their spouses.

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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.

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Other Arkansas State Veteran Benefits

Arkansas State Veterans' Cemeteries
There are 2 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.

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