Benefits of Arizona VA Loans for Veterans.
Veterans and Service Members, you’ve earned your VA eligibility- apply for your VA Loan today and become a homeowner in the beautiful State of Arizona! Arizona offers generous Financial Benefits, Employment Benefits, Education Benefits, Transition, Recreation and Other Benefits to its Veterans and Service Members. Call the beautiful State of Arizona your home today!
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Does the State of Arizona offer a Property Tax Exemption to Veterans?
Yes. A disabled Veteran may receive a property tax exemption of $3,000 on their primary residence if the total assessed value does not exceed $10,000. The total assessed value does not include the value of any vehicle. The exemption applies independently to the assessed valuation determined for primary property tax purposes and for secondary property tax purposes. For more information, contact your county tax assessor office.
What is the Arizona Military Family Relief Fund?
Active duty service members, Post 9/11 Veterans, and Arizona Service members, or members of any of their families with a financial hardship that occurred during a deployment, or is caused, related or contributed to by deployment may apply for up to $20,000 of financial assistance from the Arizona Military Family Relief Fund.
In order to qualify, Service Members and Post 9/11 Veterans must be or have been deployed to a designated combat zone after September 11, 2001, declared Arizona as home of recored when entering the Armed Forces or deploying with the Arizona National Guard or Arizona military installation, and clearly demonstrate that the financial need was caused by their deployment and service. For more information, visit the Arizona Department of Veterans Services, call (602) 234-8403 or visit the Arizona Department of Veterans‘ Services Arizona Military Family Relief Fund website.
What is the Vehicle License and Registration Fee Exemption offered by the State of Arizona?
Veterans who are certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as 100% service-connected disabled and are receiving compensation are exempt from license tax and registration fees in the State of Arizona on their personally owned vehicle.
What is the State Tax Exemption offered by the State of Arizona?
Members of the Armed Forces of the United States are not taxed on any incomes earned while serving in a combat zone. In addition, federal payments for civil service, military retirement or survivor benefits are exempt up to $2,500 per year in the State of Arizona.
Does the State of Arizona offer and Employment Preference to Veterans for Civil Service?
Yes. Veterans who were honorably discharged and served at least six (6) months on active duty will have 5 points added to their passing score on the civil service examination for employment at the state, county or city level. Veterans who are eligible to receive compensation for a service-related disability shall have 10 points added to their passing score. If the Veteran is missing in action, captured, died in the line of duty, or as a result of a service-connected disability, or 100% service-connected disabled, their spouse or surviving spouse may be eligible for 5 point preference on a passing score.
Can a Veteran received credit for their Military Service for State Retirement in the State of Arizona?
Yes. If the Veteran was honorably discharged from service and is not receiving credit for their system in another retirement system, they may received credit for past or future active military service towards state retirement benefits.
Does the State of Arizona offer assistance to Veterans in finding and securing Employment?
Yes. The State of Arizona provides Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialists and Local Veteran Employment Representatives at their One-Stop Career Centers located throughout the state. They have also partnered with the Arizona Coalition for Military Families in creating a Military/Veteran Employment Portal.
Military/Veteran Employment Portal
The Arizona Department of Veterans' Services and the Arizona Coaltion for Military Families work together to connect service members, veterans and their family members to employment, education and small business ownership opportunities. The partnership has created the Military/Veteran Emplyment Portal which provides the following services:
- Build a competitive civilian resume that highlights skills service member acquired in the military
- Translate service member's MOS, AFSC or Rating skill set and responsibilities into civilian HR terms
- Store and retrieve service members resumes and cover letters on an online document storage system
- Automatically sends available jobs matching service member's experience and qualifications through a personalized job portal.
For more information, call the Arizona Military/Veteran Employment Resource Center at (602) 267-3524, visit the Arizona Coalition for Military Families website, or stop by their office at 1335 N. 52nd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85008.
One-Stop Career Centers
One-Stop Career Centers provide Veterans with job listings, job search assistance, information on wages and employment trends, job referrals, workshops, community resources, and access to phones, internet, printers fax or copy machines. Click here to find your nearest Arizona One-Stop Career Center.
Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP):
DVOP specialists provide assessments, career guidance, employment plans, training and employment referrals to help meet the employment needs of special disabled Veterans, disabled Veterans, veterans and other eligible persons.
Local Veteran Employment Representative (LVER):
LVER staff assist Veterans in gaining and retaining employment through outreach to employers and hiring executives to encourage the hiring of disabled Veterans and increase employment opportunities for Veterans. In addition, they provide job search workshops for Veterans seeking employment and facilitate Priority of Service in regards to employment, training and placement services furnished to Veterans.
Visit the Arizona Department of Economic Security website to find the Veteran Representative nearest you.
What does Veterans' Priority of Service mean?
Veteran's Priority of Service means that an eligible covered person will be given priority of service for employment, training and placement services over an eligible non-covered person. If services are limited, a covered person has priority of services and receives them before of or instead of a non-covered person. A covered person is defined as a person who served in the miltary or National Guard or Reserve component and received a discharge other than dishonorable. A covered person also includes the spouse of a service member who is totally disabled, was totally disabled and died for any reason, died as a result of a service connected injury, or has been listed as Missing in Action, Captured in the Line of Duty, or Forcibly Detained in the line of duty for a total of more than 90 days.
Does the State of Arizona offer Education Benefits to Veterans?
No. Education Benefits are only available to members of the Arizona National Guard. However, the State of Arizona recently approved in-state tuition for Veterans moving to Arizona to attend school. To receive in-state tuition, Veterans need to prove they are living in the state, but do not need to meet the previous two year requirement for tuition purposes.
Does the State of Arizona offer Education Benefits to Dependents or Survivors of Veterans?
No. The State of Arizona does not offer Education Benefits to dependents or survivors of Veterans.
What is the Tuition and Fees Deferred Payment available in the State of Arizona?
Veterans or their eligible dependents who applied for educational benefits under the G.I. Bill, Post 9/11-G.I. Bill, or other eligible education benefits at state-supported Colleges or Universities may defer payments on tuition, books and fees for up to 120 days with no interest charged while waiting for their educational benefits to fund. If benefits have not been received after 120 days, an extension may be granted until benefits are received.
Does the State of Arizona have any Colleges or Universities designated as a Veteran Supportive Campus?
Yes. Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Arizona are all designated Arizona Veterans Supportive Campuses. A Veteran Supportive Campus means that the University or College has:
- Surveyed student Veterans to identify needs, issues and suggestions
- Established a committee on campus of student Veterans, faculty and staff to ensure that the campus culture integrates and identifies the real needs of student Veterans
- Provided sensitivity and awareness training on military and Veterans' culture to faculty and staff. Topics should include issues such as traumatic brain injury, post traumatic stress disorder, mental and physical disabilities, suicide and hyper-vigilance
- Established student Veteran orientation programs, including student Veteran guides, an optional student Veteran orientation session and an optional course on Veteran issues taught by a Veteran or trained volunteer
- Established peer mentoring and support programs for student Veterans
- Developed and implemented outreach strategies to local military bases
- Implemented one-stop resource and study centers exclusive to student Veterans, their families and student family members of Armed Force members currently deployed
- Collaborated with the community to promote private sector support through financial and in-kind gifts in support of Veteran's Resources Centers.
What is the Troops to Teachers Program?
Troops to Teachers is a a national program that assists eligible military personnel in transitioning into a new career as a public school teacher in "high-need" schools. Troops to Teachers candidates must meet all of the state teacher certification requirements for the state where they desire to teach. A network of state offices provides participants with counseling and assistance regarding certification requirements, employment leads and job referrals. Depending on available funds, participants may receive $5,000 to help pay for certification costs and a bonus of $10,000 to teach in areas with a high percentage of students from low-income families. For more information on opportunities in the State of Arizona or to apply, visit the Troops to Teachers Zone 5 website.
Other Arizona State Benefits for Veterans
Vehicle LIcense Plates
Veteran Arizona residents who are recipients of the Medal of Honor may apply for a distinctive license plate free of charge at their local Department of Transportation. Other speciality plates, including Prisoner of War, Purple Heart, Pearl Harbor Surviovor, National Guard or Veteran are available for an initial fee and minimum renewal fee. To learn more, visit the Arizona Department of Transportation-Plates website.
Active military service members and their families receive 50% off the regular Day Use fee at Arizona State Parks, excluding Kartchner Caverns tour tickets or camping fees.
A complimentary "Disabled Veterans Annual Day Use Pass" to Arizona State Parks is offered by the state of Arizona to Veterans who are rated 100% permanently disabled by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The pass covers the park entrance fee at all 27 Arizona State Parks and provides Veterans with day use access. Eligible Veterans can request an application by calling Arizona State Park's central office at (800) 285-3703 or completing a registration form online at the Arizona State Parks website.
Hunting and Fishing LIcenses
Members of the United States Armed Forces stationed in the state of Arizona on active duty are eligible for resident hunting and fishing licenses. Veterans who are 70 years or older who have been residents of Arizona for at least 25 years are eligible for complimentary hunting and fishing licenses. Veterans who have been residents of the state of Arizona for at least one year and have been certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as 100% service-connected disabled are also eligible to received complimentary hunting and fishing licenses. Contact your nearest Department of Game and Fish office or visit the Arizona Game and Fish Department website for more information.
Professional and Occupational Licenses
Funeral directors, embalmers or apprentice embalmers who serve in the United States Armed Forces during a time of war are exempt from paying renewal license fees for six months following discharge from the Armed Forces or for the duration of the war and six months thereafter.
DD-214 Recording Program
Veterans may record their military discharge DD-214 Form with any county recorder in the State of Arizona free of charge. This is recommended as most of the requests Veteran offices receive pertains to locating or obtaining a copy of a Veteran's DD-214 Form. Once it is recorded, Veterans will be able to quickly obtain copies when needed.
The State of Arizona offers two State Veteran Homes located in Phoenix and Tuscon available to honorably separated Veterans, their spouses or widows/widowers, and Gold Star parents. National Guard and Reservists who served at least 180 continuous days active duty military are also eligible. All applicants must be referred by a physician as requiring skilled nursing care.
Phoenix Arizona State Veteran Home
Arizona’s Phoenix State Veteran Home is located next to the Administration Medical Center and Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix and provides for the rehabilitative and long term care needs of Arizona's Veterans. It has 200 beds: 150 dedicated to long term care, 25 to a memory care unit and 25 to a Medicare/Rehab focused unit. For more information, visit the Phoenix, Arizona State Veteran Home website.
Tucson State Veteran Home
Arizona’s Tuscon State Veteran Home is located adjacent to the Southern Arizona VA Hospital and provides a 120 bed skilled facility offering private rooms, full baths, and selective dining in a homey environment. For more information, visit the Tuscon, Arizona State Veteran Home website.
Arizona's National Memorial Cemetery is located on 145 acres in Phoenix, Arizona. Veterans with an other than dishonorable discharge are eligible for burial at no charge and may select either a columbaria niche, which includes an inscribed granite niche marker, or a full-casket in-ground burial, which includes a concrete crypt liner and an inscribed, upright grave marker. Spouses and certain dependents are also eligible for burial for a nominal fee. Visit the Arizona Department of Veteran Affairs-Cemetery website for a brochure and application.
Veterans Benefits Counselors
The State of Arizona has Veteran Benefits Counselors available to assist Veterans in processing and appealing their benefits. To learn more and find the Veteran Benefit Counselor nearest you, visit the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services- Benefits website.