Connecticut State Veteran's Benefits

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

Connecticut Veteran Housing Benefits

Connecticut Veterans' Home
The Department has a health care center in Rocky Hill with a capacity of 250 beds, a 50-bed substance abuse recovery program and a 500-bed Residential Program.  The home is open to veteran residents of Connecticut with an other than dishonorable discharge. Professional services are provided by staff physicians, Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, OT, PT, RT, dieticians and social workers are augmented by community specialists, as well as, networking to local VA and major area hospitals when appropriate. By Statute, veterans who are able to pay in whole or in part for programs or services determined by the applicable fee schedule will receive a monthly bill for such services rendered.

Property Tax Exemptions
Veterans, who have ninety days of wartime service, including Merchant Marines, who served during WWII, are eligible for a $1,500 exemption for property tax purposes (e.g., real property or automobiles). You have the option to choose to apply this exemption to your real estate or automobile tax. Certain veterans, who do not own real property or a motor vehicle, may be eligible for a tax refund if they are leasing a motor vehicle.

Veterans below a certain income level and/or service connected disabled veterans are eligible for additional property tax exemptions (up to $10,000 for paraplegics). Surviving spouses of veterans may also be eligible for this benefit. Contact your municipality's Tax Assessor Officer for specific details.

By Connecticut's definition, this exemption is the reduction of the property’s assessed value for tax purposes.

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Connecticut Veteran Financial Benefits

The Soldiers', Sailors' and Marines' Fund
The Soldiers', Sailors' and Marines' Fund (SSMF) is a state fund administered by the American Legion for the purpose of providing temporary financial assistance for veterans with ninety days of wartime service, who are disabled, unemployed or for sickness. An applicant must be a resident of the State of Connecticut at the time of application for benefits. SSMF provides funding for emergency needs such as clothing, food, medical and surgical aid, and general care and relief.  For further information please call 860-296-0719.

State Income Tax Exemptions
Military retirement pay is exempt from Connecticut personal income tax.

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Connecticut Veteran Employment Benefits

State Employee Reinstatement Rights
An employee who leaves any public authority or public agency to enter the armed forces can be reinstated in their former position. Veterans must reapply within ninety days following receipt of a certificate from the armed forces confirming satisfactory service.

State Employee Veteran Preference
For classified competitive state exams, a wartime veteran eligible for or receiving VA compensation receives an additional ten points. A wartime veteran not eligible for VA compensation or pension receives five additional points. A spouse of a qualified veteran is also eligible for additional points. However, to qualify, the veteran or spouse must achieve a passing grade on the examination score. If an honorably discharged veteran has served in a military action for which he/she received, or is entitled to receive, a campaign badge or expeditionary medal, he/she qualifies for five additional points if they receive a passing grade on their examination.

On a competitive municipal examination, a wartime veteran eligible for VA compensation or a pension, who has received a passing score, receives ten additional points. A wartime veteran not eligible for compensation or a pension, who has received a passing score, receives five additional points.

Retirement Credit
Members of The Municipal Employees' Retirement System, who leave municipal employment to enter the armed forces while the United States is at war, engaged in hostilities, or during national emergencies and are re-employed by the municipality within six months of discharge, are credited with the period of service as though they had been continuously employed. This six-month limitation can be extended due to service-related disability.

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Connecticut Veteran Education Benefits

Educational Benefit/Tuition Waivers
State law provides that tuition fees at state educational institutions be waived for certain veterans and certain dependents. State Regional Community & Technical Colleges as well as State Universities are approved for this benefit. In order to be eligible for a tuition waiver, one must:

  • Be a veteran who served 90 days of active duty during a period of war as defined in; and
  • Have been accepted to an approved institution; and
  • Be a Connecticut resident at the time of acceptance to the institution.
  • A veteran's dependents can also qualify for tuition waiver if the veteran is declared missing in action while serving in the armed forces after January 1, 1960.

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Connecticut Veteran Recreation Benefits

Hunting and Fishing Licenses
Any active, full time member of the military can purchase hunting, trapping and fishing licenses for the same fee as a Connecticut resident.

State Parks
Connecticut offers a free lifetime pass to all state parks and forests for Connecticut residents with a service connected disability.

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Other Connecticut State Veteran Benefits

State Veterans' Cemetery
Any veteran discharged with other than a dishonorable discharge is eligible for burial in the state veterans' cemetery in Middletown. Spouses are also eligible for this benefit.

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

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