The state of Rhode Island provides several veteran benefits. This page explains those benefits.
Rhode Island Veterans Home
The Rhode Island Veterans Home is located in Bristol. Admission is open to honorably discharged RI resident wartime veterans. Cost is 80% adjusted net income.
Rhode Island Veterans' Financial Benefits
Property Tax Exemption
Veterans with other-than-dishonorable discharges can get an exemption either on their real estate tax bill or on their motor vehicle tax bill. The seven exemption categories include:
- Veterans' regular exemption
- Unmarried widow/widower of qualified veteran
- Veterans' exemption for totally disabled through service connected disability
- Veterans' exemption partially disabled through service connected disability
- Gold Star parents' exemption
- Prisoner of war exemption
- Specially adapted housing exemption
Exemptions amounts vary by category and location.
Free Vehicle Registration For Disabled Veterans
Any honorably discharged veteran who lost a limb, or the use of a limb in combat gets a lifetime exemption for the annual vehicle registration and license.
Totally disabled veterans also get this benefit.
Rhode Island Veterans Education Benefits
Rhode Island Free Tuition for Disabled Veterans
RI resident veterans with 10 - 100% service-connected disability get free tuition at RI's public colleges and universities. Must apply for and use financial aid first.
Eligible active duty members and veterans get in-state tuition at the University of Rhode Island, Community College of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College immediately upon establishing residence in Rhode Island, instead of after a residency establishment period.
Rhode Island Veterans' Recreation Benefits
Disabled Veterans Hunting & Fishing Licenses
Every 100% disabled veteran can get a hunting and fishing license for free, you don't have to be a RI resident.
Active Duty Hunting And Fishing Licenses
Non-resident military members stationed in Rhode Island can get hunting and fishing licenses for the resident rate.
State Park Admission
Veterans with a 100% VA disability get into Rhode Island state parks for free. Camping, picnic, and equestrian fees are still charged. You don't have to be a RI resident to qualify.
Rhode Island Veterans' Cemetery
The Rhode Island state veterans cemetery is located in Exeter. Honorably discharged Rhode Island wartime veterans, twenty-year retirees of the Rhode Island National Guard, reserve components are eligible. Some spouses and dependents may also be eligible for burial.
Visit the Rhode Island Division of Veterans Affairs website for more information on any of these programs.
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