The state of Kansas provides several veteran benefits. This page explains those benefits.
Kansas State Veterans Homes
Kansas runs two veterans homes, in Winfield and Fort Dodge. Applicants must have received an "other than dishonorable" discharge and be either disabled, indigent, or willing to pay for care. Spouses may accompany veterans on a space-available basis.
Kansas Veteran Financial Benefits
Military retirement pay is tax-free.
Disabled veterans can claim a homestead refund. Veterans must be Kansas residents, honorably discharged, and have at least a 50 percent service-connected permanent disability.
Surviving spouses are also eligible until they remarry.
Kansas State Veteran Employment Benefits
Any veteran with a campaign medal, a service-connected disability, retired as an O-3 or below, or the spouse of a 100% disabled veteran can get veterans preference for a state job.
Veterans preference guarantees an interview and to consideration for the position.
Kansas Veteran Recreation Benefits
Free Hunting & Fishing Licenses
National Guard Members and 30% or greater disabled Kansas resident veterans can get free hunting and fishing licenses.
Hunting Licenses for Active Duty Members
Active duty military personnel stationed in Kansas can purchase all annual state licenses, permits and stamps at the resident rate. Military permits for elk draw are available for active duty military personnel stationed at Fort Riley.
Discounted State Park Admission
Kansas Army and Air National Guard and 30% or greater disabled veterans get discounted admission to state parks.
Kansas State Veterans Cemeteries
Kansas has 4 state veterans' cemeteries in Ft. Dodge, Ft. Riley, Wakeeney, and Winfield. Veterans who received an "other-than-dishonorable" discharge, guard and reservists with at least 20 years of qualifying service, or those who die on active duty are eligible for burial.
Dependents are also eligible for burial. There is no fee for veterans or their dependents, and there is no Kansas residency requirement.
Visit the Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs website for more information on any of these programs.
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