The state of Nebraska provides several veteran benefits. This page explains those benefits.
Nebraska Veterans Homes
Nebraska has four veterans homes located in Bellevue, Norfolk, Grand Island, and Scottsbluff.
Nebraska resident veterans with other-than-dishonorable discharges are eligible for admission. The veteran must be disabled and needing care.
Spouses and unmarried surviving spouses may also be eligible for admission.
There are income requirements.
Nebraska Veterans Financial Benefits
Retired Military Pay
Retired pay is eligible for one of two exemptions:
A 40% exclusion of military retirement income for seven consecutive tax years beginning with the year in which the election is made; OR
A 15% exclusion of military retirement income for all tax years beginning at 67 years of age.
All retirement income after the 40% election or before the 15% election is treated as fully taxable income.
Once an election is made, it cannot be changed.
*Note: If you don't make a choice within 2 years of discharge you lose the exemption.
National Guard and Reserve Service members: Individuals who retire from the service, but do not begin receiving military retirement benefits immediately upon retirement, still must make the election to exclude a portion of their military retirement benefits within two years of retirement.
Nebraska Veterans' Aid Fund
This temporary emergency aid fund assists veterans, their spouses, and dependents when an unforeseen emergency occurs disrupting their normal method of living and when other resources are not immediately available.
Aid can only be used for food, fuel, shelter, wearing apparel, funeral, medical, and surgical items. Application must be made through the County Service Officer or post Service Officer of any recognized veterans' organization in the nearest county.
Nebraska Homestead Exemption
Totally disabled veterans with an other-than-dishonorable discharge and their unmarried surviving spouses may qualify for a reduction in the amount of property taxes.
Unremarried surviving spouses of members killed in action may also qualify, however there are income limits, and home value limits.
State Employment Veterans Preference
Honorably discharged veterans may be eligible for a five percent addition to their score on employment testing. Disabled veterans get another five percent on top of that. Spouses of active duty members, those separated within 180 days, and spouses of 100 percent disabled veterans may also qualify.
This preference is for all state, county, and municipal jobs.
Nebraska Veterans Education Benefits
The University of Nebraska and all state and community colleges may waive tuition for eligible children of veterans.
Children of members who died on active duty, as a result of active duty, or who are permanently and totally disabled as a result of active duty may be eligible.
Reservist Tuition Credit
Enlisted members of Nebraska based reserve units may be eligible for a 50% tuition credit at state and community colleges.
Nebraska Veteran Recreation Benefits
Hunting & Fishing Licenses
Nebraska resident veterans who are at least 50 percent disabled can get free lifetime hunting & fishing licenses.
Any veteran 64 and older can get a hunting & fishing license for $5.
Active duty members stationed in Nebraska for 30 days or more can buy hunting & fishing licenses at the resident rate.
Deployed Military Permit
Nebraska residents who have been deployed out of the state within the last 12 months can get an Annual Small Game Hunt/Fish Permit on a one time basis for $5. This permit includes all state stamps.
Nebraska Veterans Cemetery
The State of Nebraska operates a veterans cemetery in Alliance. Veterans and their dependents are eligible for burial at no charge. Eligibility requirements are the same as federal veterans cemeteries.
Visit the Nebraska Department of Veterans Affairs website for more information about any of these programs.
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