West Virginia State Veteran's Benefits

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The state of West Virginia provides several veteran benefits. This section offers a brief description of each of the following benefits.

West Virginia Veteran Housing Benefits

Homestead Exemption for Certain Eligible Veterans
Veterans with 100% permanent and total service-connected disabilities may be exempt from certain property taxes. 

State Veterans Home
The state of West Virginia runs a veterans home in Barboursville, and a nursing facility in Clarksburg.. They are open to veterans who have been residents of West Virginia for at least 30 days (or entered the service from West Virginia), have an honorable discharge, and who served at least 12 months of active duty service. Charges are based on a veteran's income.

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West Virginia Veteran Financial Benefits

Veterans Bonus
The state of West Virginia has provided a bonus to all service members who served on active duty during war-time for conflicts dating back as far as World War I. The current bonus is available for those serving on active duty during Afghanistan, Iraq and Kosovo, and includes a one-time payment of $600 with an additional $400 for those deployed to the combat zone.

Income Tax
First $2,000 in retired pay is exempt, plus an additional exclusion total whose formula is years of military service multiplied by 2 percent, multiplied by military pension; or $20,000, whichever is less.

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West Virginia Veteran Employment Benefits

Veterans Preference
Under the West Virginia Civil Service System all veterans who have served under honorable conditions in the armed forces of the United States during World War II, Korea Conflict, Vietnam Era or during hostile conflict shall have five (5) points added to a final passing score.  An additional five (5) points are added to a veteran's score if in receipt of the Purple Heart or has a compensable service-connected disability.

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West Virginia Veteran Education Benefits

State War Orphans Education
Provides for a waiver of tuition and registration fees in a state supported college or university for children between the ages of sixteen and twenty-three whose veteran parent served in World War I, World War II, Korean Conflict, Vietnam Era or any time of conflict as declared by Congress.  Parent must have died in such wartime period, or, if subsequent to discharge, death must have been the result of disability incurred in such wartime service.

Veterans Re-Education Act Fund
The West Virginia Legislature provides tuition assistance to those veterans who need a new vocation due to dislocation or unemployment. Veteran must have exhausted the GI Bill and be in need of tuition assistance.

Medal of Honor & Purple Heart Tuition Waivers
All public institutions of higher education waive tuition and mandatory fee charges for West Virginia residents who have been awarded the Medal of Honor or Purple Heart

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West Virginia Veteran Recreation Benefits

Free Hunting and Fishing Privileges
For 100% service-connected veterans and those veterans in receipt of a VA auto grant.

Hunting and Fishing for Active Duty Members
Services members who are on active duty are permitted to hunt, fish and trap without a license while home on leave.

West Virginia State Parks
Veterans and active duty military personnel are provided a year-round 10% discount on all standard lodge rooms, cabins and campsites operated by West Virginia State Parks. Additional discounts and offers for veterans and military members are available seasonally.

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Other West Virginia State Veteran Benefits

Agent Orange Program
The program administered by the West Virginia Division of Health expired July 1, 1989.  However, assistance is provided to Korean and Vietnam veterans exposed to certain chemicals, defoliants or herbicides or other causative agents, including Agent Orange from the US Department of Veterans Affairs, Medicine and Surgery.

Free License -- Automobile
Provides special vehicle license plates, DV Tags without fee to any veteran in receipt of an auto grant or who is permanently and totally disabled due to service-connected causes, and former POW Tag as certified by the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Also recent legislation provides for Purple Heart Tags for those wounded in action and Pearl Harbor Survivors Tags for West Virginia veterans who were at Pearl Harbor during the attack on December 7, 1941. Veteran Plate for honorably discharged veterans for a one-time fee of $10.00 over and above the regular license fee required by Motor Vehicles.

Jack Bennett Fund
Although the US Department of Veterans Affairs provides grave-markers for qualifying deceased veterans, they do not provide funding for the installation of those markers. West Virginia established the Jack Bennett Fund to cover the cost of installation.

Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery
The Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery is located in Dunbar. Eligibility for burial is the same as for burial in a national cemetery.

Visit the West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance website for more information on any of these programs.

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