Idaho State Veteran Benefits

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The state of Idaho provides several veteran benefits. This page explains them.

Idaho Veteran Housing Benefits

There are three state veterans homes in Idaho: Boise, Lewiston, and Pocatello.

Applicants may be peacetime or wartime veterans, with wartime veterans retaining priority admission status. Applicants must have been discharged under honorable conditions and be an Idaho resident.  Applicants must be unemployable as a result of age, illness, or disability, and must apply for and be eligible for Medicaid benefits or must pay a monthly fee.

Idaho Veteran Financial Benefits

Income Tax

Military pay is tax free if stationed out-of-state.

Military retirement and SBP payments are tax-free for those over 65 or disabled and over 62, as well as their unremarried surviving spouses.

Property Tax

Veterans with a 100% service-connected disability may reduce the property on their home and up to one acre of land by as much as $1,320. The program doesn't have an income limit.

Veterans with at least a 10% service-connected disability may reduce the property tax on their home by up to $1,320 if they have income of $31,280 or less for 2019,

Grocery Tax Credit

Veterans age 65 or older, or disabled and age 62 or older, may claim the Grocery Tax Credit even when not required to file an income tax return if VA disability benefits are the veteran’s only income.

Financial Assistance

Provides up to a $1,000 grant, in cases of extreme emergency, to wartime veterans in need of assistance. Must have entered the military from Idaho, or lived within the state for at least 5 years. The event or emergency must have occurred within 90 days of the request.

 

Idaho Veterans Employment Benefits

State Employment Preference

Idaho state employment gives preference points for active duty veterans. Honorably discharged veterans get 5 preference points, disabled veterans get 10 preference points. Unremarried surviving spouses can get the same points as the veteran.

Occupational Licenses

Idaho offers military members and their families expedited processing for occupational licenses. They also accept credit for military training that is relevant to the occupational license/registration being applied for. 

Idaho Veteran Recreation Benefits

Idaho State Parks Veterans Pass

Idaho resident 100% service-connected disabled veterans get free access and camping at Idaho State Parks.

Hunting & Fishing Licenses

Resident disabled veterans may be eligible for reduced fees for licenses and tags.

Nonresident disabled veterans with a VA disability rating of at least 40% are eligible for nonresident reduced fees for licenses and tags. 

Idaho State Veterans Cemetery

The Idaho State Veterans Cemetery is located adjacent to the Dry Creek Cemetery in Northwest Boise. The eligibility requirements for burial at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery follow the National Veterans Cemetery eligibility requirements and Idaho law. There is no requirement to be a resident of the state of Idaho.

Visit the Idaho Division of Veterans Services website for more information on any of these programs.

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