South Carolina State Veteran Benefits

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The state of South Carolina provides several veteran benefits. This page explains those benefits.

South Carolina Veterans Homes

South Carolina has three veterans homes in Anderson, Columbia, and Walterboro. Honorably discharged South Carolina resident veterans who are in need of skilled or intermediate nursing home care are eligible for admission.

South Carolina Veterans Financial Benefits

Active Duty Income Tax 

Active duty pay is taxable. Reserve & National Guard drill pay is not taxable.

Retired Pay Income Tax

South Carolina is phasing in an increase in the amount of retired pay you can deduct from your total taxable income. The rates are as follows:

SC Retired Military Pay Exemption
Tax Year Retirees Under 65 Retirees 65 and Older
2017 $8,800 $21,000
2018 $11,700 $24,000
2019 $14,600 $27,000
2020 $17,500 $30,000

Property Taxes For Disabled Veterans

Permanently and totally disabled veterans are eligible for a homestead tax deduction and a total exemption of property tax on their homes.

South Carolina Veterans Employment Benefits

Veterans Preference

Honorably discharged veterans are given preference for state and public jobs.

Credit of State Retirement for Military Service

State employees called to, or returning to, active duty may continue with the state's retirement program if they continue to make payments as normal. State employees can buy credit towards state retirement based on their military time.

South Carolina Free Tuition For Children of Certain Veterans

Free tuition at state schools for children of SC veterans who died in service, as a result of their service, is permanently and totally disabled, was awarded the Purple Heart or the Medal of Honor.

South Carolina Veterans Recreation Benefits

Disabled Veterans Hunting & Fishing Licenses

South Carolina resident veterans who are totally disabled can get a free hunting & fishing license.

Active Duty Hunting & Fishing Licenses

South Carolina residents home on leave can hunt & fish for free

Active duty non residents stationed in South Carolina can get hunting & fishing licenses for the resident rate.

State Park Admission for Disabled Veterans

South Carolina permanently and totally disabled veterans can enter any state park at a reduced rate. Certain services may require an additional fee.

South Carolina Veterans Cemetery

The M.J. "Dolly" Cooper veterans cemetery is located in Anderson. Burial is open to honorably discharged SC resident veterans and their spouses. There is no charge for the veteran's burial and a small fee for the spouse. Dependent children may be eligible for burial. 

Visit the South Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs website for contact information and benefits assistance.

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