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Delaware State Veteran's Benefits

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

Delaware Veteran Housing Benefits

State Veterans Home
The Delaware Veterans Home, established in 2007, is a long-term care facility located on 24 acres in Milford, Delaware. The Home offers skilled nursing care on four units with a total of 150 beds.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Honorably discharged veteran of the Armed Forces, or a retired member of the National Guard, or Reserves who is eligible for retirement pay at age 60 and has served on active duty for 180 days or more (not necessarily consecutively)
  • A resident of Delaware for three proceeding years prior to admission.
  • Requires a nursing home level of care.

Delaware Veteran Financial Benefits

Pension Benefits for Paraplegic Veterans
Each paraplegic veteran eligible for benefits hereunder shall receive a pension from the State of $3,000 per year payable in equal monthly installments at the end of each month in which such veteran is eligible. The veteran must file evidence with the Pension Office that: he/she is a paraplegic and fully disabled to the extent that he/she has no voluntary control over either of his/her legs, and he/she is listed on the rolls of the U.S. Veterans Administration as totally disabled for the cause, and the disability is a direct result of service in the armed forces of the United States while the United States was officially at war or during a period when the United States was engaged in hostilities with another nation as a member of the United Nations.

Persons under age 60 receiving pensions from employers, the United States, the State or any subdivision thereof, may deduct up to $2,000 off of their federal adjusted gross income. Amounts received as pension by persons age 60 or older from employers, the United States, the State or any subdivision thereof may deduct up to $12,500 off of their federal adjusted gross income.

Veterans Trust Fund
The Delaware Veterans Trust Fund provides assistance to Delaware’s veterans in financial crisis. Established in 2013, it has brought relief to veterans in need of help with reintegration, housing, utilities, and incidental expenses for health and welfare.

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Delaware Veteran Employment Benefits

State Employment Veterans Preference
Veterans preference shall be provided to earned ratings with ten points granted to disabled veterans and five points granted to all other eligible veterans. Any preference points for which a veteran would qualify may be claimed by his or her unmarried widow, widower, spouse of a member of the armed forces who is POW or MIA, or spouse of a veteran who is totally disabled. 

Tax Credit for Employers Hiring Veterans
Employers are eligible during the year qualified veteran is hired and for two taxable years thereafter a tax credit of 10 percent of a qualified veteran's wages, up to a maximum of $1,500. Employers may take the credit the year a veteran is hired and the two subsequent tax years. A qualified veteran is anyone who has served in a hostile environment such as Iraq and Afghanistan.

License and Permits for Military Spouses
Professional Regulations will issue a six- month temporary occupational license, when required, to a military spouse relocating in Delaware. The temporary license will allow for the spouse to obtain employment in their discipline, pending application for endorsement or reciprocity. 

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Delaware Veteran Education Benefits

Educational Benefits For Children Of Deceased Veterans, Etc.
In order to qualify for this entitlement an applicant shall be: the child of a member of the armed forces who was killed while on active duty or who died from disease, wounds, injuries or disabilities arising or resulting from performance of duty; a member of the armed forces who is being held, or who was held prisoner of war; or a member of the armed forces officially declared missing in action; a person who at the time of application for benefits is at least 16 years of age, but not more than 24 years of age, and a resident of the State for at least three years prior to the date of application; attending or admitted for attendance at an educational institution beyond the high school level in a program not to exceed four years in duration. Benefits are administered by the Delaware Postsecondary Education Commission.

Education Benefits For Active Members Of The Delaware National Guard
Any active member of a federally recognized unit of the Delaware National Guard, who meets the requirements for satisfactory membership as defined by the Adjutant General of the Delaware National Guard, shall be eligible for funding support by the Delaware National Guard for certain post-secondary education tuition and fees.

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State Veterans Cemeteries

State Park Admission
Any veteran who honorably served or is honorably serving, including members of the Delaware National Guard, resides in the State of Delaware and owns a motor vehicle registered in Delaware gets a 50% discount on the annual fee for vehicle entrance to state parks and recreational areas.

Hunting, Trapping and Fishing License for Active Duty Military
Active duty members stationed in Delaware pay the resident rate for a license.

Hunting, Trapping, and Fishing License for Disabled Veterans
Veterans with a VA disability rating of 60% may obtain a no-fee license. 

Other Delaware State Veteran Benefits

Registration and Inspection of Motor Vehicles of Disabled Veterans
A motor vehicle owned by a disabled veteran who is eligible for 'adaptive equipment' benefits (which includes, but is not limited to power steering, power brakes, power window lifts, power seats, and special equipment necessary to assist the eligible person into and out of the automobile or other conveyance) shall be exempt from the payment of registration fees (limited to one automobile per eligible veteran at any one time).

Delaware State Veterans Cemetery
Veterans, their spouse, and dependent children are eligible for interment at either of two State Veterans Cemeteries. The cemeteries are located in Bear, and Millsboro Delaware. 

Eligibility is generally similar to burial requirements for a National Veterans Cemetery and include a residency requirement

Visit the Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs website for more information about any of these programs.

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