Kentucky Commonwealth Veteran Benefits

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The commonwealth of Kentucky provides several veteran benefits. This page explains them. 

Kentucky Veteran Housing Benefits

Kentucky has 4 long-term care facilities:

  • Eastern Kentucky Veterans Center - Hazard
  • Carl M Brashear Veterans Center - Radcliff
  • Thompson-Hood Veterans Center - Wilmore
  • Western Kentucky Veterans Center - Hanson

Veterans must be Kentucky residents with an other-than-dishonorable discharge to be admitted. Costs are based on a veteran's ability to pay.

Kentucky Veteran Financial Benefits

Income Tax

Military income is tax-free.

Military retirement pay up to $31,110 is tax-free. Veterans may be able to exclude more in certain situations.

SBP payments are also tax-free.

Property Tax for Disabled Veterans

Totally disabled veterans are eligible for up to a $40,500 deduction on the assessed value of their home for property tax purposes.

Kentucky Veterans Preference for State Jobs

Veterans with an other-than-dishonorable discharge can get 5 points added to their test score for a state job. Disabled veterans can get 10 points.

Some spouses and surviving spouses may also be eligible.

Kentucky Tuition Waiver Program

A tuition waiver is provided for children, stepchildren, adopted children, spouses, and un-remarried surviving spouses of KY veterans who died on active duty, as a result of service-connected injuries, or is VA rated totally disabled.

An approved tuition waiver means a student may attend any two-year, four-year schools or vocational technical schools that are operated and funded by the Kentucky Department of Education.

Kentucky residency is a requirement for both the veteran and the applicant. A deceased veteran must have been a Kentucky resident at the time of death.

Kentucky Veteran Recreation Benefits

Hunting, Trapping, or Fishing Licenses

Kentucky veterans with 50% of more service connected disability are authorized a discounted license.

Kentucky residents home on leave can fish for free without a license.

Kentucky State Parks

Kentucky resident veterans who are permanently and totally disabled pay no overnight accommodation fees at any state park.

Kentucky Veterans Cemeteries

Kentucky Veterans Cemeteries are located in Hopkinsville, Hyden, Fort Knox, Williamstown, and Greenup County. 

Any Kentucky resident veteran or any veteran who was stationed in Kentucky is eligible for burial. There is no fee.

Visit the Kentucky Dept. of Veterans' Affairs website for more information on any of these programs.

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