The state of Indiana provides several veteran benefits. This page explains many of them.
Indiana Veterans Home
The Indiana Veterans Home in West Lafayette provides nursing and domiciliary care for any honorably discharged Hoosier Veteran who has resided in Indiana for at least 12 months prior to admission. The home is open to both veterans and their spouses. There is a fee.
Indiana Financial Benefits
Active duty military members may exempt up to $5,000 of their military income from their gross taxable income.
Military retirees who are age 60 and over are entitled to deduct up to $5,000 of military or survivor benefits.
Disabled Veteran Property Tax Deduction
Property tax deductions are available to disabled Hoosier veterans who have an honorable discharge. This amount is deducted from the value of your home for tax purposes, leaving you with a smaller property tax bill.
- A $24,960 dollar deduction is available to wartime veterans who have at least a 10 percent VA disability
- Up to a $12,480 deduction is available to veterans who are at least 62 with at least a 10 percent VA disability OR have a VA total disability
Note: This deduction is not available if the assessed value of the real property owned by the veteran is in excess of $175,000.
Indiana Employment Benefits
State Employment Veterans Preference
Indiana offers veterans preference in state government jobs for honorably discharged veterans.
Military CDL Skills Waiver Program
The BMV may waive the required drive skills test for select Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces with specific drive training and were truck drivers during their military service when they apply for an Indiana Commercial Driver's License.
Indiana Free Tuition For Children of Disabled Veterans
Indiana offers free tuition at state schools to children of disabled veterans, Purple Heart Recipients and their children, and children of former POW/MIA. The veteran must have:
- been a resident of Indiana for 36 consecutive months
- served in a wartime period (including August 2, 1990 - present) or
- received a Purple Heart Medal
The benefit may be as high as free tuition and fees for 124 credit hours and is good at state schools.
Indiana Veterans Recreation Benefits
A Hoosier Golden Passport provides unlimited admission to all Indiana State owned parks, recreation areas, reservoirs, forests, historic sites, museums, memorials and other Department of Natural Resource (DNR) facilities. The pass is good for one calendar year.
Persons eligible for a Disabled American Veteran license plate may purchase the Hoosier Golden Passport at DNR facilities around the State. If you have Disabled American Veteran plates on the vehicle simply drive to the gate and the attendant will sell you the Hoosier Golden Passport. If you do not have the plate but believe you are eligible you will be given a form to request the plate, which you must send to the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs for verification.
Hunting And Fishing Licenses For Disabled Veterans
Any Indiana resident who is service-connected disabled by the VA can buy an Indiana hunting & fishing license for a reduced fee.
Hunting and Fishing Licenses For Active Duty Residents
Active duty Indiana residents who are carrying leave orders and a valid Indiana driver's license or voter registration card are exempt from purchasing a hunting or fishing license.
Non-resident military personnel on active duty and stationed within Indiana qualify for a resident license.
Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery
The Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery is located next to the Madison State Hospital and Clifty Falls State Park in Madison, Indiana. Any Hoosier veteran eligible to be buried in a national cemetery will be eligible for burial in the cemetery. Spouses are also eligible.
Each county auditor is authorized to pay up to an amount not to exceed $100 for the burial of a veteran or the veteran's spouse, and to pay up to $100 for the setting of a federal headstone. Veterans must have received an honorable discharge, and an application must be filed with the county auditor in the county of residence.
Visit the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs website for more information on any of these programs.