The state of Missouri provides several veteran benefits. This page explains those benefits.
Missouri Veterans Homes
Missouri has seven veterans homes located in Cameron, Cape Girardeau, Mexico, Mt. Vernon, St. James, St. Louis, and Warrensburg.
To be eligible for admission, a veteran must have lived in Missouri for 180 days and require skilled nursing care.
Missouri Veteran Financial Benefits
Income Tax Exemption
Military income is not taxed if stationed outside Missouri and you and your spouse sped less than 30 days in the state.
Military retirement is exempt from state taxes.
Property Tax Credits
The Missouri Property Tax Credit Claim gives credit to some 100 percent VA disabled veterans for a portion of the real estate taxes or rent paid for the year.
The maximum credit is $750 for renters and $1,100 for homeowners. The actual credit is based on the amount of real estate taxes or rent paid and total household income (taxable and nontaxable).
Missouri Veteran Employment Benefits
Veterans Preference for State Employment
Missouri Veterans get a five point preference when testing for any state employment position, with a ten point preference for a service-connected disabled veteran. Spouses of eligible veterans may also qualify.
Commercial Driver Exam (CDL) Exemption
Active duty or retired military can get a waiver of the skills testing portion of a CDL. You must have a minimum of 60 days active duty driving experience in a commercial motor vehicle for the military within 2 years of applying for the waiver.
You must still complete the required knowledge examinations for the commercial driver license class being applied for.
Missouri Veteran Recreation Benefits
Free Fishing & Hunting License for Disabled Veterans
Any honorably discharged veteran with a service-connected disability of 60% or more can fish or hunt without permit. You must have proof of eligibility on your person, some trout or turkey tags may be required. No Missouri residency is required.
Guard & reserve members who are currently (or have in the last 12 months) mobilized under federal orders can get a fishing and hunting license for $5.
Active Duty Hunting & Fishing Licenses
Active duty members, and their families, stationed in Missouri can get hunting & fishing licenses at the resident rate.
State Veterans Cemeteries
There are five State Veterans Cemeteries, one each in Springfield, Higginsville, Bloomfield, Ft. Leonard Wood, and Jacksonville.
There is no charge for any of the services provided. Eligibility is the same as for a federal cemetery, there is no residency requirement. Spouses, and dependent children may be eligible for burial.
Visit the Missouri Veterans Commission website for more details on any of these programs.