State Benefits for Veterans

States are second only to the federal Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in providing benefits and services to the men and women who defend our nation.

In this Resource:

  • Possible state benefits
  • VA link for states
  • National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs  (NASDVA)

Many states offer veterans benefits beyond the ones you would already be eligible for through the Department of Veterans Affairs.  These additional benefits may include

  • Educational grants and scholarships
  • Special exemptions or discounts on fees and taxes
  • Home loans
  • Veteran's homes
  • Free hunting and fishing privileges
  • and more

Each state manages its own benefit programs and some states are very extensive, while others are minimal.  The website below has a link for each of the individual states which list the types of veterans benefits your state offers.  Check out benefits you have earned by visiting your State Department of Veterans Affairs at http://www.va.gov/statedva.htm.

There is also the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs, or NASDVA.  The NASDVA was created during the aftermath of World War II.  Many veterans earned state and federal benefits which required coordinated efforts to ensure they received their entitlements.  To make this happen, the United States developed a Department or Agency designated as the "Office of Prime Responsibility" for veteran services and programs.

The members of NASDVA are the Chief Executive Officers or State Directors of Veterans' Affairs in each state, as well as the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.  Members of NASDVA attempt to put veterans in touch with the experts in their area if they are having difficulties or questions. Visit their website at http://www.nasdva.net/index.php.

To take full advantage of the benefits you are entitled to as a veteran visit your state’s website today!

 
Sources consulted for this content:

http://www.va.gov/statedva.htm, http://www.nasdva.net/

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