Rhode Island State Veteran's Benefits

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The state of Rhode Island provides veteran benefits. This section offers a brief description of each of the following benefits.

Rhode Island Veterans' Housing Benefits

The Rhode Island Veterans Home, a 110-acre complex located on Mount Hope Bay, at 480 Metacom Avenue in Bristol, Rhode Island.

The mission of the home is to provide quality nursing and residential care to those Rhode Island war veterans in need. Social, medical, nursing and rehabilitative services are also provided to veterans and their survivors and/or dependents to improve their physical, emotional and economic well-being.

The Veterans Home consists of 260 nursing care beds in three skilled and semiskilled units and two ambulatory care units and two ambulatory care units with an additional 79 beds.

Admission to the RI Veterans Home is open to veterans of the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Merchant Marine, Coast Guard or Air Force who were honorably discharged and who served for 90 days or more during any foreign war or conflict in which the United States was engaged or in any expedition or campaign for which the United States government issued a campaign medal or as a result of service, acquired a service-related disability or disease. In addition, war service veterans need to have lived in the state at least two years prior to the date of application or who were inducted into military services while a resident of the State of Rhode Island.

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Rhode Island Veterans' Financial Benefits

Property Tax Exemption
Eligible Veterans residing in Rhode Island may receive an exemption either on their real estate tax bill or on their motor vehicle tax bill. The seven exemption categories include:

  1. Veterans' regular exemption
  2. Unmarried widow/widower of qualified veteran
  3. Veterans' exemption for totally disabled through service connected disability
  4. Veterans' exemption partially disabled through service connected disability
  5. Gold Star parents' exemption
  6. Prisoner of war exemption
  7. Specially adapted housing exemption

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Rhode Island Veterans' Education Benefits

Free Tuition For Disabled Veterans
Veterans with 10 - 100% service-connected disability get free tuition at RI's public colleges and universities. Permanent resident of Rhode Island only. Student must apply for and use financial aid first.

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Rhode Island Veterans' Recreation Benefits

Free Hunting & Fishing Licenses For Disabled Veterans
Every 100% disabled veteran can get a hunting and fishing license for free. 

Hunting And Fishing License For Military Members
Non-resident military members stationed in Rhode Island can get hunting and fishing licenses for the resident rate.

Goddard Park Golf Course Exemption
Any veteran who is a resident of the state, and who is determined by the VA to be totally disabled through service connected disability shall be exempt from paying any fee to play golf at the Goddard Park Golf Course.

State Park Admission
No fee shall be charged to any 100% service-connected disabled veteran or an automobile transporting the disabled veteran at any recreational facility owned by the state. For this section "fees" shall include all fees for parking, admittance, or other user-fees for playing golf. The term "fees" shall not include licensing fees; camping fees, picnic table fees or specialized facility use fees, including, but not limited to fees for the use of equestrian areas, performing art centers, game fields and mule shed.

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Other Benefits

Free Vehicle Registration For Disabled Veterans
Any Veteran who has been honorably discharged from military and 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.

The Rhode Island Veterans' Cemetery
The Division of Veterans Affairs maintains a dignified and solemn military cemetery on 265 acres in Exeter, Rhode Island. The cemetery serves as a final resting place for Rhode Island Veterans who have served their country honorably during wartime and their eligible dependents. Twenty-year retirees of the Rhode Island National Guard have recently become eligible, as have reserve components of the National Guard and two-year active services personnel with honorable discharges. Veterans, his or her spouse, and an eligible dependent child may be buried at the RI Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

Visit the Rhode Island Division of Veterans Affairs website for more information on any of these programs.

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