Missouri takes pride in supporting its veterans through an array of beneficial programs across various domains. Here’s an insightful overview of the diverse benefits accessible to veterans in the state.
Missouri Veterans Homes
Spanning seven locations including Cameron, Cape Girardeau, Mexico, Mt. Vernon, St. James, St. Louis, and Warrensburg, these homes offer skilled nursing care. Eligibility mandates Missouri residency for 180 days and a need for skilled nursing, coupled with an honorable discharge.
Missouri Veteran Financial Benefits
Income Tax Exemptions
Active duty and military retirement/SBP benefits are tax-free. By 2024, 100% of reserve pay will be exempt from income tax.
Property Tax Credits
Qualified 100% VA disabled veterans can claim up to $750 (renters) or $1,100 (homeowners) in tax credits based on real estate taxes or rent paid.
Missouri Veteran Education Benefits
Missouri Returning Heroes Act
Offers undergraduate tuition limits of $50 per credit hour for residents with an honorable discharge, serving in a combat zone post-Sept. 11, 2001, meeting GPA criteria.
War Veteran’s Survivor Grant Program
Available to children/spouses of veterans whose death or injuries resulted from combat actions or related illnesses/injuries since Sept. 11, 2001.
Missouri Veteran Employment Benefits
Veterans Preference for State Employment
Veterans get preference points in state employment tests, while service-connected disabled veterans receive higher points. Spouses of eligible veterans may also qualify.
Commercial Driver Exam (CDL) Exemption
Active or retired military with requisite driving experience can waive CDL skills testing.
Missouri Veteran Recreation Benefits
Free Fishing & Hunting License for Disabled Veterans
Those honorably discharged with 60% or more service-connected disability can fish or hunt without permits.
Active Duty Hunting & Fishing Licenses
Stationed active duty members and their families can obtain resident-rate hunting and fishing licenses.
State Veterans Cemeteries
Spread across Springfield, Higginsville, Bloomfield, Ft. Leonard Wood, and Jacksonville, these cemeteries offer burial services with eligibility similar to federal cemeteries, accommodating spouses and dependent children.
For comprehensive details and application processes for these programs, visit the Missouri Veterans Commission website.
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