The state of Maryland provides several veteran benefits. This section offers a brief description of each of the following benefits.
- Housing Benefits
- Financial Benefits
- Employment Benefits
- Recreation Benefits
- Other State Veteran Benefits
Maryland Veteran Housing Benefits
Charlotte Hall Veterans Home
Maryland's veteran's home is located on 125 acres on the site of the former Charlotte Hall Military Academy in Charlotte Hall, Maryland. Opened in 1985, the 504-bed facility provides a continuum of care from the 168-bed assisted living program to the 286-bed skilled nursing program. Specialized care, for those suffering from Alzheimer's and other related dementia, is provided in a 42-bed secured unit. Listed below are the eligibility requirements:
- Honorably discharged veteran of the United States Armed Forces or the legal spouse of a veteran eligible to be admitted to Charlotte Hall*
- Maryland resident
- Age 62 or older, unless disabled and unable to work
Maryland Veteran Financial Benefits
Property Tax Exemption
A property tax exemption is available to veterans who are permanently and totally disabled from service-connected causes, for their primary residence located in the State of Maryland.
The exemption passes to the veteran's spouse upon his or her death. The surviving spouse of active duty military personnel who died in the line of duty as well as the surviving spouse of a totally disabled veteran, or a spouse who receives the dependency and indemnity compensation (effective June 30, 2006) may also receive an exemption.
Active Duty Pay Income Tax Exemption
Up to $15,000 of military pay may be excluded if earned while serving outside the United States or its possessions.
Military Retired Pay Income Tax Exemption
Military retirees are exempt from Maryland income tax on the first $5,000, with an increase to the first $10,000 (once they become over the age of 65), of their retirement income.
Maryland Pension Exclusion
If you are 65 or older, totally disabled, or your spouse is totally disabled, you may qualify for Maryland’s maximum pension exclusion of $27,100. If you’re eligible, you may be able to subtract some of your taxable pension and retirement annuity income from your federal adjusted gross income. This subtraction applies only if:
- You were 65 or older or totally disabled, or your spouse was totally disabled, on the last day of the tax year; and
- You included on your federal return income received as a pension, annuity or endowment from an “employee retirement system.” A traditional IRA, a Roth IRA, a simplified employee plan (SEP), a Keogh Plan or an ineligible deferred compensation plan does not qualify
Vessel Excise Tax
Active duty military personnel are exempt from the 5% vessel excise tax levied on the sale, resale or transfer of a vessel. The exemption is for not more than one year to current owners of vessels who are members of the armed services and who are serving on active duty.
Motor Vehicle Excise Tax
As a new resident of Maryland, you must title your vehicle within 60 days of moving to Maryland. Proof of military status must be submitted to be eligible for an excise tax credit. Active duty military personnel who are residents of Maryland seeking to register an out-of-state vehicle may not be required to pay the full Maryland excise tax if they apply for a transfer of title and tags to Maryland within one year of becoming a Maryland resident or within a year of returning from deployment.
Maryland Veteran Employment Benefits
Employment Veterans' Preference (State)
The appointing authority for skilled and professional appointments will award a credit of ten points on any selection test to:
- An eligible Veteran,
- The Spouse of an eligible Veteran who has a service-connected disability, or
- The surviving Spouse of a deceased eligible Veteran.
A credit of two additional points will be given to any Veteran with a service-connected disability.
Military Personnel Veteran-Owned Small Business No-Interest Loan Program
The Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, in consultation with the MDVA, offers no-interest loans via the Military Personnel and Veteran-Owned Small Business No-Interest Loan Program for the following categories:
- A small business owned by a military reservist or a National Guard member called to active duty
- A small business that employs a military reservist or National Guard member called to active duty
- A Veteran small business owner or a Veteran seeking to start a small business
- A small business that employs a service disabled Veteran
The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration will waive the CDL skills test requirements for Veterans discharged within 12 months of application date, and active-duty personnel who meet the specific criteria and wish to obtain a CDL for classes A or B.
Maryland Veteran Recreation Benefits
Free Hunting Licenses for Disabled Veteran
A free lifetime hunting license is available to Maryland residents certified as a former Prisoners of War, or 100% service connected disabled veterans. The lifetime license includes the bow stamp, muzzleloader stamp, and furbearer permit. The Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp is not part of the Complimentary License.
Free Fishing Licenses for Disabled Veterans
A free lifetime license is available to Maryland residents who are 100% service connected disabled American Veterans or former Prisoners of War (POW).The license incorporates both the non-tidal angler's license and the Chesapeake Bay sport fishing license. It does not, however, include the trout stamp.
Active Duty MD Resident Hunting Licenses
Maryland residents on active duty and home on leave do not need to purchase a hunting license, deer stamps, or DNR Managed Hunt Permit; however, they must purchase a Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp, a federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, and a Furbearer Permit.
Active Duty MD Resident Fishing Licenses
Maryland residents on active duty and home on leave do not need to purchase a fishing license for fishing in tidal waters.
Admission to State Parks
All entrance charges to MD state parks are waived for all veterans, both resident and nonresident. The waiver is applicable to the veteran only and not others in the same vehicle, unless a per-vehicle charge is in effect at the time. In that case, the per-vehicle fee is waived. No other facility use service charges will be waived.
Other Maryland State Veteran Benefits
State Veterans Cemetery & Memorial Program
The Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs administers a system of five state veterans' cemeteries located in Cheltenham, Crownsville, Flintstone, Hurlock, and Owings Mills. A burial plot is provided to eligible veterans and their eligible dependents, when the veteran is a resident of the State of Maryland and has received an honorable discharge. Plots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no cost to the veteran for burial plot, opening/closing, headstone and State liner (if used). Eligible dependents have a minimal opening/closing cost and a direct cost for State liner (if used).
Certain severely disabled veterans (amputees, blind veterans and veterans who are 100% disabled) may be issued a disabled license plate for a motor vehicle without charge entitling them to special parking privileges.
Visit the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs website for more information on any of these programs.