The state of Maine provides several veteran benefits. We explain them on this page.
Maine Veterans Homes
Maine has six veterans' homes located in Augusta, Bangor, Caribou, Machias, Scarborough, and South Paris. Honorably discharged veterans who served at least one day of active duty; spouses, widows, and widowers of qualified veterans; and gold star parents can come to a Maine Veterans’ Home.
Maine Veteran Financial Benefits
Military retirement is tax-free.
Property Tax Exemption
An other-than-dishonorably discharged resident Maine veteran who served during wartime and is 62 years or older; or, is receiving 100% VA disability; or, became 100% disabled while serving, is eligible for a $6,000 property tax exemption. Un-remarried surviving spouses are also eligible.
Paraplegic veterans, and their qualifying spouses are eligible for up to a $50,000 property tax exemption.
Maine Veteran Employment Preference
State Employment preference points shall be added to passing examination scores for state employment.
Honorably discharged veterans get a 5 point preference, 10 percent or greater disabled veterans get a 10 point preference. Spouses may be eligible as well.
Maine Dependents Education Benefits Program
Maine offers a 100 percent waiver of tuition and all fees at state schools for dependents of Maine veterans who are permanently and totally disabled, died of a service connected disability, or was killed in action.
This benefit applies to dependents of Maine veterans who entered the service from Maine or has been a resident for 5 years immediately preceding application for aid and, if living, continues to reside in Maine throughout the duration of benefits administered under the educational
Spouses have 10 years from the date of first entrance to complete the program, children have 6 academic years from the date of first entrance to complete 8 semesters.
Maine Veteran Recreation Benefits
Hunting & Fishing Licenses for Disabled Veterans
A disabled veteran who has a service connected disability evaluated at 50% or more may obtain a complimentary license to fish, trap, hunt, including archery, muzzle load, bear, migratory bird, pheasant, spring/fall wild turkey, coyote night hunt, crossbow, one expanded archery antler less deer permit, and upon meeting the qualifications, a license to guide.
This license is available to residents of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
This license(s) remains valid for the life of the license holder, as long as the license holder continues to satisfy the residency requirements.
State Park Admission Fees
Any Maine veteran with an other-than-dishonorable discharge gets free admission to all of Maine's state parks and historic sites.
Maine residents who are enlisted active duty members and their dependents also receive free admission to state parks and historic sites.
Active Duty Military Hunting & Fishing Licenses
Active duty Maine residents, and their dependents, can buy a discounted hunting, fishing, or combination hunting and fishing license.
Hunting & Fishing Licenses for Non-Resident Active Duty Members
Any military member stationed in Maine, as well as their dependents, can pay the resident fee for a hunting, fishing, or trapping license.
Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery
The Maine Veterans' Memorial Cemetery System consists of four cemeteries. One of which is located in Caribou, two in Augusta and one in Springvale. Burial is free of charge to veterans with an other-than-dishonorable discharge as well as their dependents.
Visit the Maine Bureau of Veterans' Services website for more information on any of these programs.