The state of Hawaii provides several veteran benefits. This page explains them.
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.
Hawaii Veteran Financial Benefits
Retired pay is tax-free.
Property Tax Exemptions
Real property owned and occupied as a home by a totally disabled veteran or their widow(er) is exempt from all property taxes.
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.
Hawaii State Employment Veterans Preference
Non-disabled veterans receive 5 preference points, disabled veterans receive 10 points. Preference points are added to examination scores completed by applicants for open competitive state employment positions.
Hawaii Veteran Recreation Benefits
Active duty military personnel and their dependents stationed in Hawaii are considered to be residents for the purposes of obtaining a hunting license.
Hawaii State Veterans Cemeteries
Hawaii has 8 state veterans cemeteries located in:
- Hilo (2)
- Kauna Kakai
- Lanai City
Veterans, spouses, and some dependents are eligible for interment. 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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