The state of Montana provides several veteran benefits. This page explains those benefits.
Montana Veteran Housing Benefits
Montana has veterans homes in Columbia Falls and Glendive. Honorably discharged veterans who require skilled care are eligible for admission. Spouses are admitted on a space-available basis.
Residents pay based on their ability.
Montana Veteran Financial Benefits
Active-duty and Reserve/Guard pay is tax-free.
Up to $4,640 of military retirement is tax-exempt if gross income is less than $38,660. Starting with the 2024 tax year, Montana will exempt from state income tax up to half of military retirement pay for up to five years after a retiree becomes a Montana resident or starts to receive retirement pay.
Disabled Veterans Property Tax Exemption
Honorably discharged, 100% disabled veterans may be exempt from paying some property tax on their home. Income limits apply. Unmarried surviving spouses may also be eligible.
Montana Military Family Relief Fund
Offers grants up to $2,000 for family members of Montana National Guard members or reservists who are Montana residents, who have served under federal contingency orders for at least 30 consecutive days, and whose pay grade is no higher than O-3 or W-3.
There are several types of grants.
Montana Employment Benefits
Point Preference in Hiring Veterans
For public jobs in Montana, an honorably discharged veteran gets an additional five points added to their scoring, and a disabled veteran gets 10 points. Some spouses or unremarried surviving spouses may also be eligible.
Military Waiver for Commercial Driver's License
Active-duty members and veterans who are licensed and drove a military motor vehicle equivalent to a commercial one may have the skills portion of the CDL waived.
Written tests may be waived, but school bus, passenger, and hazardous materials endorsements cannot be transferred.
Montana Education Benefits
Montana Honorably Discharged Veteran Tuition Waiver
For Montana resident veterans with an honorable discharge who served during wartime and receive a campaign or expeditionary medal.
The veteran must have used up all federal GI Bill benefits.
The waiver covers 100% of the cost of in-state tuition.
Montana War Orphans Tuition Waiver
For children under 25,whose parent was killed in action or died as a result of combat-related injury or disease, the waiver covers 100% of the cost of resident tuition.
Montana Veteran Recreation Benefits
Hunting and Fishing Licenses
Disabled Montana veterans may be eligible for discounted hunting and fishing licenses. Please contact the Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Department for more information.
Active-duty non-residents and their families can buy hunting and fishing licenses for the resident rate.
State Park Admission
Montana resident veterans get discounted campsites and amenities at state parks.
Montana State Veterans Cemeteries
The state of Montana maintains three Veterans Cemeteries. They are in Helena, Missoula and Miles City.
Spouses may be buried along with the veteran.
There is a small charge for burial. Non-residents may also be eligible.
Visit the Montana Veterans Affairs website for more information on any of these programs.
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