New Hampshire State Veteran Benefits

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The state of New Hampshire provides several veteran benefits. This page explains those benefits. 

New Hampshire Veterans Home

Located at Tilton, the Veterans' Home is a 250-bed facility for honorably-discharged veterans who have served for a period of at least 90 days in the armed forces of the United States in time of war and who have been New Hampshire residents for one year preceding application. Some restrictions on assets and medical treatment exist.

New Hampshire Veteran Financial Benefits

Global War on Terrorism Bonus

A $100 bonus is payable to honorably discharged NH residents who were on active duty on or after Sep. 11, 2001, and who earned the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal or Afghanistan Campaign, or Iraq Campaign Medal. Must have been a NH resident when entering active duty.

Program ended on June 11, 2009, but there are provisions that allow for acceptance of applications after that date.

Property Tax Exemption  

Wartime veterans, their wives or widows may be eligible for a property tax credit of $50 ($100 if both are eligible veterans). Cities/towns may vote to adopt a higher tax credit of up to $500.

The widow of a veteran who was killed in action may be eligible for a tax credit of between $700 and $2000 on real estate or personal property.

There is a $700 tax credit on the home of a permanently and totally disabled service-connected veteran, double amputee or paraplegic or unremarried surviving spouse. Cities and towns may vote to adopt a higher tax credit of up to $2000.

A permanently and totally disabled veteran who is blind, paraplegic or a double amputee as a result of service and who owns a specially adapted home acquired with the assistance of the VA, or with proceeds from the sale of any previous homestead acquired with the assistance of the VA, is exempt from all property tax on the home. The veteran's surviving spouse is also exempt.

New Hampshire Veteran Employment Preference

Honorably discharged veterans get preference for city, town, and district jobs. Preference is also given in appointing employees of the State Liquor Commission, the State Veterans Council, the Commandant and employees of the New Hampshire Veterans Home.

Some spouses and unremarried surviving spouses may also qualify.

Free Tuition for Surviving Children of Military Members

Children  of military members who die in service during wartime, and children of certain wartime veterans who die from a service-connected disability, may qualify for free tuition at New Hampshire colleges.

They can also get a scholarship up to $2,500 per year for room/board/rent, books, and supplies up to $2,500 per year for a period of no more than 4 years. Children must be between 16 - 25.

New Hampshire Veteran Recreation Benefits

Fish and Game Licenses

Honorably discharged NH resident veterans who are VA permanently and totally disabled can get a free lifetime Fish & Game License. Patients at the VA Medical Center in Manchester, NH, and residents of the NH Veterans' Home may be issued free fishing permits under certain conditions.

Disabled veterans may hunt from motor vehicles or boats under certain conditions with a proper permit. 

State Park Admission

NH veterans with any VA disability rating won't be charged a fee for day-use admission to NH state parks. 

Any member of the NH National Guard who is serving (or who retired) in pay grades E-1 through E-6 won't be charged a fee for admission to NH state parks.

New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery

All veterans are eligible for interment in the NH State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen, you don't need to be a NH resident. There is a fee, spouses are also eligible.

Visit the New Hampshire Office of Veterans Services website for more information about any of these programs.

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