Hawaii State Veteran's Benefits

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

Hawaii Veteran Housing Benefits

Hawaii State Veterans Home
The Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home in Hilo is a state nursing home for honorably discharged veterans over 55 who require skilled nursing care and meet the VA requirements for an "eligible veteran". The veteran is responsible for any costs not covered by the VA or medicare. Spouses may be eligible for admission depending on available space.

Special Housing for Disabled Veterans
Payment by the State of up to $5,000 to each qualified, totally disabled veteran for the purpose of purchasing or remodeling a home to improve handicapped accessibility.

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Hawaii Veteran Financial Benefits

Property Tax Exemptions
Applies to real property that is owned and occupied as a home by a totally disabled veteran or their widow(er). Also applies to passenger cars when they are owned by totally disabled veterans and subsidized by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Hawaii Veteran Employment Benefits

State Employment
The State of Hawaii Department of Human Resources Development manages the Veterans Preference Program for public employment. Non-disabled Veterans receive 5 Veterans preference points; disabled Veterans receive 10 points. Preference points are added to examination scores completed by applicants for open competitive positions only.

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Hawaii Veteran Recreation Benefits

Hunting Licenses
Active duty military personnel and their dependents stationed in Hawaii are considered to be residents for the purposes of obtaining a hunting license.

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Other Hawaii State Benefits

State Veterans Cemeteries
Hawaii has 7 state veterans cemeteries located in:

  • Hilo
  • Kailua-Kona
  • Kaneohe
  • Kauna Kakai
  • Lanai City
  • Lihue
  • Makawao

Veterans, spouses, and some dependents are eligible for internment. There may be a small fee charged for burial.

Visit the Hawaii Office of Veterans Services website for more information on any of these programs.

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