Kansas State Veteran's Benefits

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

Kansas Veteran Housing Benefits

Veterans' Homes
The State of Kansas runs two Veterans' Homes: The Kansas Veterans' Home in Winfield, which has 73 long-term care beds, a 43 bed domiciliary unit, and an 18 bed special care unit for Alzheimer's and related dementia; there is also the Kansas Soldiers' Home in Fort Dodge, which has three domiciliary residence halls and 60 cottages. 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.

Homestead Act
Disabled veterans can claim a homestead refund. Veterans must be Kansas residents, honorably discharged, and certified to have at least 50% permanent disability sustained through military actions. Surviving spouses of deceased disabled veterans are also eligible to claim the Homestead exemption until they remarry.

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Kansas Veteran Financial Benefits

State Income Tax
Military retirement pay is not taxed by the state.

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Kansas Veteran Employment Benefits

State Jobs
Any veteran with a campaign medal AND who retired at a paygrade below O-3, has an other than dishonorable discharge and a VA disability, or is the spouse of a 100% disabled veteran can get Veterans' Preference for a state job. Veterans or spouses who qualify for Veterans' Preference are guaranteed an interview and to receive consideration for the position for which they apply. 

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Kansas Veteran Recreation Benefits

Free Hunting & Fishing Licenses for National Guard Members and Disabled Veterans Hunting/Fishing Licenses and State Park Permits
Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks offers active members of the Kansas Army and Air National Guard and 30% or greater disabled veterans 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 for National Guard Members and Disabled Veterans
Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks offers active members of the Kansas Army and Air National Guard and 30% or greater disabled veterans discounted admission to state parks.

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Other Kansas State Veteran Benefits

Kansas State Veterans Cemeteries
The state of 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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