Idaho

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Financial Benefits

Does the State of Idaho offer any Tax Relief Programs?

A property tax exemption is offered to individuals on their owner-occupied primary residences for up to 50% of the value (including up to one acre of land) or $89,580, whichever is less. Eligible individuals must meet certain income requirements and meet one of the following categories:

  • Widow(er)
  • Former POW
  • Qualifying Disabled Person
  • Blind
  • Fatherless or Motherless Minor
  • Age 65 or Older

To apply, contact your County Assessor and submit an application between January 1 and April 15th.

What is the Military Spouses Residency Relief Act in the State of Idaho?

Any income earned by the qualifying spouse of an Idaho service member is not subject to Idaho income tax under the federal Military Spouses Residency Relief Act passed in November of 2009. To be eligible, you must be married to a service member serving in Idaho with another state registered as home of record. In addition, you must have relocated with service member to Idaho and have the same permanent residence as service member’s home of record.

To claim your exemption, complete an Employee's Idaho Military Spouse Withholding Exemption Certificate form and give to your employer. Your employer will submit to the Idaho Tax Commission. You must apply each year.

What is the Emergency Grant provided to Veterans in the State of Idaho?

An emergency grant of up to $1,000 is provided to wartime Veterans in need of assistance in extreme emergencies. To be eligible, a Veteran must have enlisted in the military from the State of Idaho or have lived within the state for at least 5 years. Veteran must apply within 90 day of the event or emergency. For more information, contact the Office of Veterans Advocacy at (208) 577-2300.

Employment Benefits

Does the State of Idaho offer a Civil Service Preference for Veterans applying for State Employment?

Yes. Veterans with an honorable discharge are eligible for five (5) preference points when applying for Idaho State employment. Disabled Veterans with an honorable discharge and a service-connected disability of 10% or more or are Purple Heart recipients are eligible for ten (10) point preference points.

The Widow or Widower of an eligible Veteran may claim the Veteran’s preference as long as they remain unmarried. Spouses may also claim preference if the eligible Veteran is unable to qualify for public employment due to a service-connected disability. For more information, contact your Local Idaho Department of Labor Office.

What is the Professional License Fee Relief offered to Service Members in the State of Idaho?

All persons holding occupational or professional licenses issued by the State of Idaho and serving on active duty in the United States Armed Forces are exempt from paying any renewal fees during military service and for up to six (6) months following discharge. All licenses shall remain in good standing and shall not be cancelled, suspended or revoked during this time. For more information, contact the Idaho Division of Veterans Services at (208) 780-1300.

What Employment Assistance does the State of Idaho provide Veterans?

Idaho’s Department of Labor Offices located throughout the State of Idaho provide job listings, computer and internet access, career guidance and workforce training, and Veterans Services. You can find your local office in the Idaho Departmnet of Labor Local Office Directory.

Idaho also offers training, waivers and internships opportunities available exclusively to Veterans. Visit the Idaho's Veterans Employment Services and Idaho Department of Labor Veteran Job Seekers websites for more information.

What is the Military Commercial Drivers License Skills Test Waiver offered by the Idaho State Department of Licensing?

The Military Commercial Drivers License Skills Test Waiver allows qualified Veterans to waive the skills portion of the test when applying for a CDL license in the State of Idaho. The CDL knowledge (written) portion cannot be waived. To be eligible, a Veteran must be currently licensed, and employed within the last 90 days in a military position requiring the operation of a military motor vehicle equivalent to a Commercial Motor Vehicle.

To apply, bring the Application for Military Skills Test Waiver, signed by your Commanding Officer, and medical certification, completed and signed by your doctor to your nearest Idaho State Department of Licensing. For more information, visit the Idaho Commercial Driver's License Program website.

Education Benefits

What is the Operation Idaho Scholarship program available to Veterans in Idaho?

The Operation Idaho Scholarship provides the following resources and support to eligible Veterans and/or their spouses pursuing degrees at the University of Idaho:

  • Tuition & Fees
  • Textbooks
  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Adaptive Equipment
  • Child Care
  • Tutoring
  • Accommodative Services
  • Out-of-Pocket Medical Expenses (when funding allows)
  • Internship/Job Placement

Eligible Veterans are those who have sustained severe and permanent injury while serving in the United States Armed Forces since September 11, 2001. For more information, contact John Sawyer at the University of Idaho at (208) 885-797 or johns@uidaho.edu.

Does the State of Idaho offer Education Benefits to Dependents or Survivors of Veterans?

Yes. The spouse of a Veteran severely injured while serving in the United States Armed Forces after September 11, 2001 is eligible for the Operation Idaho Scholarship program listed above.

In addition, a scholarship for the dependents of Idaho Veterans who were 100% totally and permanently disabled as a result of injuries sustained while engaged in the conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan while serving as a member of the United States Armed Forces is available at Idaho State Universities and Colleges. For more information, contact the Veteran’s Affairs office at your local university or college.

What is the MIA/POW scholarship offered in the State of Idaho?

Children of a MIA/POW service member are eligible for a scholarship at Idaho State Universities and Colleges. The service member must be listed as MIA/POW at the time application is made. For more information, contact:

Department of Veterans Affairs
444 Fort Street
Boise, Idaho 83702
(208) 780-1380

What is the Purple Heart Scholarship offered in the State of Idaho?

Direct descendants (child, step-child, grandchild or great grandchild) of (1) A Member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart or (2) A Veteran killed in action or as a result of wounds sustained in action, but did not have the opportunity to become a Member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart are eligible for a scholarship at Idaho State Universities and Colleges. For more information and an application, visit www.purpleheart.org.

When does the State of Idaho grant In-State Tuition to Veterans?

Idaho National Guardsmen who serve with an Idaho Unit, but reside outside of the State of Idaho are granted in-state college tuition. In addition, Veterans who move to the State of Idaho with the intent of establishing domicile are granted in-state tuition, along with their spouse in some circumstances.

What is the State of Idaho’s Operation Recognition Program?

Veterans who did not complete high school as a result of joining the military during WWII, Korea, or Vietnam wars may receive a high school diploma through the Operation Recognition Program. To be eligible, a Veteran must be an honorably discharged member of the United States Armed Forces, was schedule to graduate from high school, and left high school before graduation to serve in the War. Diplomas can be awarded posthumously. To apply, submit an Operation Recognition Application along with the Veteran’s Military Discharge Papers (DD214). If the Veteran’s military discharge papers are not available, a copy can be requested through the National Archives Veterans Service Records website.

Other Idaho State Benefits for Veterans

License Plates for Veterans

The Idaho Department of Transportation offers the following Veterans Speciality License Plates:

  • Disabled Veteran
  • Purple Heart Recipient
  • Congressional Medal of Honor
  • Pearl Harbor Survivor
  • Former Prisoner of War
  • Veterans Plates
  • Military Veteran Motorcycle
  • National Guard Members
  • Members of the Armed Forces Reserves
  • Gold Star

To apply for, visit your local Idaho Department of Transportation office with proper documentation of your Veteran entitlement. For more information, visit the Idaho Transportation Department website.

Veterans Designation of Driver’s Licenses

Honorably discharged Veterans may receive a Veterans Designation on their drivers license in the State of Idaho. To apply, bring proper documentation verifying your Veteran eligibility to your local Idaho Department of Transportation office. For more information, visit the Idaho Transportation Department website.

Reduced Fishing/Hunting License

Idaho resident Veterans with a service-connected disability rating of 40% or more as certified by the United States Department of Veteran Affairs are eligible to purchase a resident Disabled American Veterans (DAV) license for $5. A DAV license allows a Veteran to purchase reduced fee DAV tags for deer $10.75, elk $16.50, bear $6.75 or turkey at $10.75. Non-resident Disabled Veterans with a service-connected disability rating of 40% or more are eligible to purchase non-resident DAV hunting and 3-day fishing license for $31.75. A non-resident DAV license allows a non-resident disabled Veteran to purchase tags for deer $23.75, elk $39.75, bear $23.75 or turkey at $19.75. For more information, visit the Idaho Fish & Game website.

State Park Pass

Veterans with a 100% service-connected disability are eligible to receive free day-use access and campsite use while camping within Idaho’s State Parks if they are residents of the State of Idaho. For more information and to apply, see the Idaho State Parks and Recreation Disabled Veteran Program brochure.

Burial Benefits

The Idaho State Veterans Cemetery, located on 76.5 acres in the rugged foothills in Boise, Idaho offers peace and beauty to friends and family members of those laid to rest. Eligible Veterans, their spouses and disabled/minor children may be interred in the Cemetery.

The following interment services are provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to eligible Veterans at no charge (a basic internment fee is charged for eligible spouses/dependents):

  • Burial plot or columbarium niche
  • Concrete liner for casket burials
  • Opening and closing of the grave
  • Perpetual care of the gravesite
  • Inscribed gravestone
  • 20 minute committal service
  • Military Honors

For more information, visit the website above or contact the cemetery directly:

Idaho State Veterans Cemetery
10100 Horseshoe Bend Rd
Boise, ID 83714-9521
(208) 780-1320

Office of Veterans Advocacy

The Office of Veterans Advocacy is a full-service agency in the State of Idaho that assists Veterans, their family members and survivors in pursuing all federal and state benefits and entitlements. For more information, call (208) 760-1380 or visit the Office of Veterans Advocacy website.

Veterans Information Guide

The Idaho Veterans Information Guide is a comprehensive guide of resources and contacts for Veterans residing in the State of Idaho. View the link above fore more information.

Veteran Homes

There are three (3) Veterans Homes in the State of Idaho that are Medicare and Medicaid certified and provide skilled nursing care. Honorably discharged Veterans and their spouses who require skilled nursing care are eligible for admission. Spouses are not eligible for admission to the resident/domiciliary unit at the Boise Home. For more information, contact the Veteran Home directly:

Boise Veteran Home

This facility located in Boise, Idaho offers a 131 bed skilled nursing care unit, which includes 17 beds in a special care unit for Veterans with Alzheimer’s disease or related conditions. A 36-bed residential/domiciliary unit is also available to Veterans. Spouses are not eligible for admittance in the residential/domiciliary unit. For more information, visit the website above or call (208) 780-1700.

Pocatello Veterans Home

This facility located in Pocatello, Idaho offers 66 beds in a skilled, nursing unit and offers residential, domiciliary and nursing care services to eligible Veterans and their spouses. For more information, visit the website above or call (208) 235-7838.

Lewiston Veterans Home

This facility located in Lewiston, Idaho offers 66 beds in a skilled, nursing facility to eligible Veterans and their spouses. Fore more information, visit the website above or call (208) 750-3638.

 

Idaho Vet Centers

There are two (2) Veteran Centers located in Boise, ID and Pocatello, ID. The Vet Centers offer the following services. (Some services only available at Boise* location.):

  • Individual or Group Counseling
  • Marital/Family Counseling
  • Sexual Trauma Counseling
  • Alcohol/Drug Assessment and Referral or Counseling
  • Spouse/Significant Other Group Psychiatric
  • Consultation/Medication
  • Benefits Assistance*
  • Job Referral Assistance*
  • Employment Counseling & Guidance*
  • Community Education*
  • Referral to Community Agencies*

For more information, contact your local Vet Center:

Boise Vet Center
2424 Bank Dr
Boise, Idaho 83705
(208) 342-3612

Pocatello Vet Center
1800 Garrett Way
Pocatello, Idaho 83201
(208) 232-0316

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