The state of Louisiana provides several veteran benefits. This page explains them.
Louisiana War Veterans Homes
Louisiana operates five war veterans homes located in Reserve, Monroe, Bossier City, Jackson, and Jennings provide nursing care.
For admission to a Louisiana State Veterans Home, a veteran must be a resident of the state of Louisiana, with an other-than-dishonorable discharge. Applicants who have income will be expected to pay for their care.
Spouses and Gold Star parents are eligible if they meet basic qualifying criteria.
Louisiana Veteran Financial Benefits
Retired military pay is not taxed.
Property Tax Exemptions
The property tax for Veterans rated with 50% or greater disability is frozen at the current rate, this also applies to spouses of deceased disabled Veterans. There are income limits and other qualifications, check with your local assessor's office to see if it is available in your parish.
Veterans with 100% unemployability or totally disabled as well as their surviving spouses qualify for a higher deduction.
Louisiana Veteran Employment Benefits
Louisiana state and city civil service departments award a five point preference to honorably discharged veterans and ten point preference to honorably discharged service-connected disabled veterans.
Spouses of veterans who are rated VA unemployable as well as un-remarried widows of deceased veterans and Gold Star parents are also eligible for this preference.
Some restrictions apply for eligibility.
Transfer of Military Skills to Civilian Employment
Individuals with military training and experience can get a corresponding professional license or certification if they had a military occupational specialty that qualified them for that license.
Louisiana Educational Benefits
Louisiana Title 29 Dependents Educational Assistance
Louisiana offers education assistance to surviving spouses of deceased veterans as well as children of 90 percent or greater disabled veterans and children of 100 percent disabled and unemployable veterans.
The deceased veteran must have been a resident of the State of Louisiana for at least 12 months immediately preceding entry into service. The living veteran must have lived in the state for at least 24 months prior to the child being admitted into the program.
The surviving spouse has 10 years to use the benefit, the child must be between the ages of sixteen and twenty-five to be eligible.
National Guard Tuition
Members are exempt from tuition at any state-funded college, university, or vocational/technical school for five years or a bachelor's degree, whichever comes first.
Louisiana Veteran Recreation Benefits
Free Hunting/Fishing Licenses for Disabled Veterans
Disabled veterans classified with a service connected permanent disability, rated 50% or higher and who are Louisiana residents can get hunting and fishing licenses free of charge.
Active Duty Military Hunting & Fishing Licenses
Active duty members and their dependents may buy hunting and fishing licenses at the resident rate.
Free and Discounted Admission to State Parks
Disabled veterans, as well as everyone in the same vehicle as them, are exempt from paying the day-use entrance fee to any Louisiana state park.
Active duty members plus one additional family member get half off admission to state parks.
Louisiana Veterans Cemeteries
The state of Louisiana has 4 cemeteries located in Keithville, Leesville, Rayville, and Slidell. The cemeteries are available for qualifying veterans, their spouses and dependent children, there is no charge for veterans and only a small fee for spouses and dependent children
Visit the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs website for more information about any of these programs.