Rhode Island State Veteran Benefits

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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 Rhode Island resident wartime veterans. Cost is 80% of adjusted net income.

Rhode Island Veterans Financial Benefits

Retiree Income Tax

Beginning in 2023, military retirement pay is tax-free.

Property Tax Exemption

Veterans with other-than-dishonorable discharges can get an exemption on either 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 for partially disabled through service-connected disability.
  5. Gold Star parents' exemption.
  6. Prisoner of war exemption.
  7. Specially adapted housing exemption.

Exemptions amounts vary by category and location.

Free Vehicle Registration for Disabled Veterans

Any honorably discharged veteran who has lost one or more limbs, or the use of one or more limbs, 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

Rhode Island resident veterans with 10%-100% service-connected disability get free tuition at Rhode Island's public colleges and universities. Must apply for and use financial aid first.

Rhode Island Veterans Recreation Benefits

Disabled Veterans Hunting and Fishing Licenses

Every 100% disabled veteran can get a hunting and fishing license for free. You don't have to be a Rhode Island 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% U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (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 Rhode Island resident to qualify. 

Rhode Island Veterans' Cemetery

The Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery is in Exeter. Honorably discharged Rhode Island wartime veterans and 20-year retirees of the National Guard or 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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