The state of Tennessee provides several veteran benefits. This section offers a brief description of each of the following benefits.
- Housing Benefits
- Employment Benefits
- Education Benefits
- Recreation Benefits
- Other State Veteran Benefits
Tennessee Veteran Housing Benefits
State Veterans Homes Tennessee offers four state veteran homes whose goal is to provide veterans with the best health care in an environment which is pleasant and enjoyable; to provide a safe, warm and happy home for veterans. The homes are: The Tennessee State Veterans home in Murfreesboro, the W.D. "Bill" Manning Tennessee State Veterans' Home in Humbolt, the Ben Atchley Tennessee Veterans' Home in Knoxville, and the newly opened General Wendell H. Gilbert Tennessee State Veterans Home in Clarksville..
To be eligible for admission, the veteran must:
- Be a resident of Tennessee at time of admission.
- Have been born in Tennessee.
- Have entered the U.S. Armed Forces in Tennessee.
- Have a Tennessee address as official Home of Record on Veteran's Military Record.
- Have an immediate family member (Parent, Spouse, Sibling, or Child) or Legal Guardian who would serve as primary caregiver and who is a resident of Tennessee.
The Spouse, Widow/Widower or Gold Star Parent may also be eligible for admission on a space available basis. Costs are based on income.
Property Tax Relief Property tax relief for certain 100% disabled veterans and/or their surviving spouses for up to $175,000 of the property's assessed value.
Tennessee Veteran Employment Benefits
Employment Programs The following employment benefits are available in Tennessee:
- Veterans preference in State employment
- Credit for military service in State employment
- Reemployment rights of public employees
Commercial Driver License Issuance The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security will waive the required skills test upon initial application for a commercial driver license by any applicant who, at the time of initial application, has been issued, or is in immediate possession of, a valid military commercial driver license.
Tennessee Veteran Education Benefits
A dependent child (under 23 years of age) or spouse in the state is entitled to receive free tuition, maintenance fees, student activity fees, registration fees, and to be admitted without cost to any of the colleges or universities owned, operated and maintained by the State, whose parent (mother or father) was killed or died as a direct result of injuries received or officially reported as being either a prisoner-of-war or missing-in-action while serving as a member of the Armed Forces during a qualifying period of armed conflict.
Tennessee Veteran Recreation Benefits
Free Hunting and Fishing Licenses Free hunting and fishing licenses for Veterans with 30% or more war service connected disabilities, after an initial one time fee of $10.
Camping During the off-season, (November 1 through March 31), discounts on camping fees will be extended to all Tennessee resident veterans at the same discounted rate as offered to Tennessee senior campers.
Free Day In order to honor the veterans of this state and encourage the use of natural parks across Tennessee, the Department of Environment and Conservation shall designate one (1) day per year during which access to and use of all state parks, including, but not limited to, campgrounds and golf courses, shall be free of charge for all veterans. Each veteran shall be required to show proof of veteran status, prior to being granted free admission to any state park.
Other Tennessee State Veteran Benefits
State Veterans Cemeteries Tennessee offers eligible veterans their choice of four state veteran cemeteries in Knoxville, Memphis, and Nashville. Free License Plates Free license plates for 100% service connected disabled veterans, Ex-POW's, and recipients of MOH, DSC, NC or AFC. Parking Privileges Parking privileges for free license plate holders.
Motor Vehicle Privilege Tax Exemption Motor vehicle privilege tax exemption for 100% disabled veterans. Special/Memorial License Plates Special/Memorial license plates for certain veterans. No-Fee Registration of Discharges Registration of discharges by county registrar at no fee.
Visit the Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs website for more information on any of these programs.