Wisconsin State Veteran's Benefits

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

Wisconsin Veteran Housing Benefits

Wisconsin Veterans Homes
The state of Wisconsin runs 3 veterans homes located in Chippewa Falls, King, and Union Grove. To be eligible for admission the veteran must have entered service from the state of Wisconsin, or must have resided in the state of Wisconsin for 12 consecutive months since his/her discharge from military service. The application form must reflect a Wisconsin address for the home address. A spouse of a veteran can also reside at the Wisconsin Veterans Home, provided they are admitted while the veteran is at some type of facility (i.e. assisted living, nursing home, hospital) or if the spouse is a widow/widower.

Wisconsin Veteran Financial Benefits

Wisconsin Veterans and Surviving Spouses Property Tax Credit
The Wisconsin Veterans & Surviving Spouses Property Tax Credit provides eligible veterans and unremarried, surviving spouses a refundable property tax credit for their primary, in-state residence.The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs verifies the veteran’s eligibility for the program. The credit is administered by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue through the state income tax return.

The definitions of an eligible veteran and an eligible unremarried surviving spouse are expanded to include:

  • A veteran who had been a Wisconsin resident for a consecutive 5-year period after entering active duty or was a Wisconsin resident when entering active duty.
  • The veteran must have either an SCD rating of 100 percent under 38 USC 1114 or 1134 or a 100% disability rating based on individual unemployability. Individual unemployability means a condition under which a veteran has an SCD rating of either 60% under 38 USC 1114 or 1134 or two or more SCD conditions where one condition has at least a 40% scheduler rating and the combined scheduler rating for all conditions is at least 70%, and has an administrative adjustment added to the SCD, due to individual unemployability, such that the VA rates the veteran 100% disabled.
  • Effective for taxable years, beginning on or after January 1, 2014. The Wisconsin Property Tax Credit is extended to include the unremarried surviving spouse of an eligible veteran, who following the veteran’s death, began to receive and continues to receive Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) from the Federal VA.

Income Tax
All military retirement pay is tax free.

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Wisconsin Veteran Employment Benefits

Transition Assistance for Veterans Leaving Active Duty
Veterans transitioning from active duty can contact the WDVA Transition & Employment Section for state-wide employment information. The office provides employment assistance and labor market information to veterans in transition from active duty to civilian life and the civilian job market in Wisconsin.

Veterans Preference
Civil Service Preferences (State) --- Eligible veterans are entitled to an extra 10 points added to a passing score on a state civil service examination. Veterans with a VA approved SCD of less than 30 percent are entitled to 15 points and those with a rating of 30 percent or more are entitled to 20 points added to their passing score. Spouses of certain disabled or deceased eligible veterans may also have points added to a passing score. (Preference points are available only when you initially apply for permanent state employment.)

Veterans with a 30 percent or greater SCD may be hired for a permanent, entry-level position with the State of Wisconsin on a noncompetitive basis. Check with the hiring agency for more information.

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Wisconsin Veteran Education Benefits

Wisconsin G.I. Bill for Veterans and Dependents
The Wisconsin GI Bill remits (forgives) full tuition and segregated fees for eligible veterans and their dependents for up to eight full-time semesters or 128 credits, whichever is greater, at any University of Wisconsin System or Wisconsin Technical College System school​. The Wisconsin GI Bill is a state program that is entirely separate from the Federal GI Bill.​

VetEd Education Grant
The Veterans Education (VetEd) grant program provides a reimbursement grant based on a credit-bank system that is based on length of active duty military service to eligible veterans who have not yet been awarded a bachelor’s degree for the reimbursement of tuition and fees following successful course completion at an eligible UW, technical college, or approved private institution of higher learning.

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Wisconsin Veteran Recreation Benefits

Disabled Veterans Fishing License
Wisconsin disabled Veterans with a combined service-connected disability rating by the VA of 70% or greater; or are receiving service-connected disability benefits as individually unemployable are eligible for a disabled Veteran reduced-fee fishing license.

Bear License for Purple Heart Recipients
Residents and nonresident Purple Heart medal recipients who exhibit proof they received a Purple Heart medal are eligible to receive a one-time transfer of a Class A Bear license.

Conservation Patron License for Purple Heart Recipients
Any resident Purple Heart recipient who exhibits proof at a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Service Center of having received a Purple Heart medal is eligible to purchase a Conservation Patron license for $10. Nonresident Purple Heart recipients may purchase the license for $161.

Free Hunting or Fishing License for Returning Veterans
Recently returning Wisconsin resident veterans may receive a one-time free small game, archery, gun deer or annual fishing license.

Military Free Fishing and Small Game Hunting License
Any active duty Wisconsin resident who presents their military I. D. and leave papers is eligible for a free small game license, turkey permit, and fishing license. They may also purchase one bonus antlerless deer carcass tag for any ONE unit with a quota; even if the unit is sold out, a sturgeon spearing license after the October 31 deadline, through the end of the open season for spearing sturgeon; and are eligible to receive a one-time transfer of a Class A Bear license. All other hunting, trapping or fishing licenses can be purchased at resident rates.

Active Duty Hunting, Trapping, and Fishing Licenses
Non-Resident military members stationed in Wisconsin may receive licenses at the resident rate.

State Parks
Disabled veterans with 70% or greater disability may receive waivers of vehicle admission and trail pass fees to Wisconsin state parks..

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Other Wisconsin State Veteran Benefits

Military Funeral Honors Program
The Military Funeral Honors Program in Wisconsin provides a final tribute to the men and women who served our state and nation honorably as members of the U.S. armed forces.

Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemeteries
Upon meeting eligibility standards, veterans are provided a burial at no cost, spouses and dependent children will incur a burial fee at one of 3 state Veterans Memorial Cemeteries. The cemeteries are located in King, Spooner, and Union Grove..

Transportation to VA Medical Appointments
Wisconsin veterans may use one of two programs that assist veterans who need help getting to VA medical appointments. The Wisconsin Department of the Disabled American Veterans operates several vans around the state that normally stop at predetermined locations and then transport to the various medical centers. For veterans who live in locations not served by the DAV most counties provide some type of assistance.

Visit the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs website for more information on any of these programs.

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