Benefits of Kansas 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 Kansas! Kansas State loves its Veterans and offers Financial Benefits, Employment Benefits, Education Benefits, Recreation and Other Benefits to its Veterans and Service Members. Call the beautiful State of Kansas your home today!
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What is the Homestead Refund the State of Kansas offers to Veterans?
Honorably discharged Veterans who are residents of the State of Kansas and have a service-connected disability of 50% or more as certified by the United Stated Department of Veterans Affairs are eligible for a Homestead Refund on their property taxes of up to to $700 as of January 1, 2009. Unremarried spouses of deceased disabled Veterans or the surviving spouse of a service member killed in active duty are also eligible for the Homestead Refund. For more information, visit the Kansas Department of Revenue Homestead website.
What is the State Service Credit for Pension Purposes program in Kansas?
State Employees may purchase up to six years of service credit for military service in the Armed Forces for their retirements benefits. In addition, Kansas State employees who are pension participants and are away from their jobs for military service shall be granted up to five years of state service credit. A service members extended absence for military service is not considered termination of employment unless accumulated contributions are withdrawn. For more information, contact the Kansas Department of Veterans' Affairs Office at (785) 296-3976.
Does the State of Kansas offer any Tax Benefits to Veterans?
Yes. The State of Kansas offers both income and vehicle tax benefits to Veterans and Service Members.
Military, civil service, and state or local government pensions are tax exempt in the State of Kansas. Social Security benefits are exempt from state tax if the resident has a federal adjusted gross income of $75,000. Retired Military Pay is not taxed. However, out-of-state government pensions are fully taxed. For more information, visit the Kansas Department of Revenue website or call (785) 368-8222.
Full-time members of the military stationed in Kansas or full-time active Guard or Reserves and Active Duty Service Members who are out of state on orders when vehicle taxes are due when the service member is deployed or maintains the vehicle outside of the state are exempt from taxes on the first two vehicles.
What is the Alternate Death Gratuity in the State of Kansas?
As of January 1, 2015, the Adjutant General will pay a death gratuity of $100,000 for eligible Kansas military service members if the federal government is shutdown and federal funding is not available.
Does the State of Kansas offer a Preference for State Employment to Eligible Veterans?
Yes. Honorably discharged Veterans shall be offered an interview for all regular classified State of Kansas employment vacancies that are listed as “Veterans Preference Eligible” they apply for if no individuals who are eligible for the Kansas Employee Preference Program have applied for the vacancy. Unremarried surviving spouses of Veterans who died as a result of their service in the Armed Forces, or spouses of Veterans who are unemployable due to a 100% service-connected disability or are Prisoners of War are also eligible for a preference in Kansas State employment. For more information, visit the Kansas Veterans Employment Opportunities website.
Does the State of Kansas offer Probationary or Expedited State Licensure for Service Members and their Spouses?
Yes. A license will be issued on a probationary basis to service members or their spouses for up to six months by the Kansas licensing department when the licensing body does not have licensure, registration or certification by endorsement, or reinstatement of reciprocity if the service member or their spouse meets certain criteria.
The Kansas Licensing board will issue a professional license to a nonresident service member or their spouse within 60 day of receipt of completed application if the potential licensee meets certain requirements. An honorable discharge is not required for the Kansas licensing body to grant professional credentials to a Veteran who meets all of the professional credential requirements. For more information, contact the applicable licensing board.
Does the State of Kansas expedite the Commercial Driver’s License process for Veterans with motorized military equipment experience?
If a Veteran is able to prove military experience operating vehicles similar to the commercial vehicle they plan to operate and have not been convicted of any offense to disqualify them from a civilian commercial drivers license, the State of Kansas will waive the skills test for the Veteran and only require that they pass the Kansas knowledge portion of the test when acquiring a Commercial Driver’s License.
Does the State of Kansas provide Employment Assistance to Veterans?
Yes. The State of Kansas operates numerous Workforce Centers throughout the State with staff dedicated to assisting Veterans find and qualify for employment. Visit your local Kansas Workforce Center for the following assistance from your Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialist or Local Veteran Employment Representative:
Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialist
- Assessment of Education, Skills and Abilities;
- In-depth interviewing and evaluation to identify employment barriers and appropriate employment goals;
- Group and individual career coaching;
- Short-term pre-vocational services that may include development of learning and communications skills, and professional conduct to prepare individuals for career goals; and
- Development of an individual employment plan that identifies employment goals, interim objectives, and appropriate services that will enable the Veteran to secure employment.
Local Veteran Employment Representative
- Conduct employer outreach on behalf of the Veteran;
- Job search assistance workshops;
- Individualized vocational guidance and labor market information; and
- Targeted referral to training and supportive services.
What is the Gold Star Card Program through the Department of Labor?
The Gold Star Card Program provides intensive employment services to post 9/11 ERA Veterans for up to six months and ensures that they receive priority of service in all Department of Labor funded employment and training programs. For priority of service, print and present this Gold Star Card at your local Kansas Workforce Center.
Does the State of Kansas offer Education Benefits to Veterans and their Dependents or Survivors?
Yes. Dependents of Veterans who were killed in action while in the United States Armed Forces or the Kansas National Guard, or Veterans who were former Prisoners of War, are eligible to receive full tuition at Kansas State Universities, Colleges or Vocational Technical Colleges. For more information, contact the Kansas State College or University of your choice.
Does the State of Kansas offer College Credit for Military Education and Training?
Yes. Any education, training or service completed while in the military that is equal to existing educational requirements will be accepted by the State licensing body if the Veteran received an honorable discharge or was discharged under honorable conditions. For more information, contact the the applicable college, university or licensing department.
What is the Operation Recognition Program offered to Veterans in the State of Kansas?
Veterans who left high school to serve in World War II or the Korean War before graduating are eligible to receive a high school diploma in the State of Kansas if they served on active duty and were honorably discharged from the the U.S. Armed Forces or were discharged with a service-connected disability between September 16, 1940 and December 31, 1946 or June 27, 1950 and January 31, 1955.
To apply, complete the Kansas Operation Recognition application and submit with a copy of Veteran’s honorable discharge papers to:
700 SW Jackson Street, Ste 701
Topeka, KS 66603
Does the State of Kansas offer In-State Tuition for Military Family Members?
Yes. As of July 1, 2015, all Veterans eligible for Federal Education Benefits, along with current members of the United States Armed Forces and their spouses and dependent children shall be charged in-state tuition rate at all 32 postsecondary colleges and universities in Kansas. For more information, see the Kansas Board of Regents Residency FAQ website.
What is the Kansas Military Service Scholarship?
The Kansas Military Service Scholarship pays the tuition and fees at any public Kansas institution for Veterans who are residents of Kansas and served in the United States Armed Forces for at least 90 days in international waters or foreign soil in support of military operations after September 11, 2001 where they received hostile fire pay and were honorably discharged from such service. Veterans who served less than 90 days due to an injury sustained during military service are also eligible. To apply, contact your public Kansas institution of choice and present a copy of your military discharge papers or active duty orders that indicate time of service, honorable discharge, and receipt of hostile fire pay.
What is the Refund or Credit for Tuition offered to Service Members in the State of Kansas?
If a member of the United States Armed Forces who is a student at a Kansas regent institution is activated and must leave school, they will be given a credit or refund for tuition paid. For more information, contact the institution directly or contact the Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs Office.
Other Kansas State Benefits for Veterans
The Kansas Department of Revenue offers the following license plates to qualified Veterans:
- Combat Wounded Purple Heart
- Congressional Medal of Honor
- Disabled Veteran
- Ex-Prisoner of War
- National Guard
- Pearl Harbor Survivor
- U.S. Veteran
- Vietnam Veteran
- Families of the Fallen
- Gold Star Mother Plate
- In God We Trust
For more information and eligibility requirements, visit the Kansas Department of Revenue Distinctive License Plates website. Applications can be submitted at your local County Treasurer's office.
Veterans Designation of Driver's Licenses
Honorably discharged Veterans may receive a Veterans Designation on their drivers' licenses, permits or IDs in the State of Kansas. To apply, present a current Veterans ID Card, DD214 or other military discharge document showing an honorable discharge with license application.
Class M Driver's License
Veterans or Service Members who have completed motorcycle safety training in accordance with the Department of Defense instructions may receive a Class M license Drivers license without completing further written and driving testing. For more information, visit the Kansas Driver's License Information website.
The Medallion Program provides Vietnam Era Veterans with a Medallion, a medal, and a certificate of appreciate if they served in the military between February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975, were legal residents of Kansas when they entered the service, were discharged, or at the time of death and were honorably discharged, on active duty at the time of their death or are still on active duty in an honorable status. To apply, complete the State of Kansas Vietnam War Medallion Program Application and submit to:
Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs
Director of Veterans Services
700 SW Jackson Ave. Suite 1004
Tokepa, KS 66603
(800) 513-7731 or (785) 296-3976
Concealed Carry Licenses
Active duty service members and their dependents residing in Kansas may apply for a concealed carry handgun license in the State of Kansas without a Kansas driver's license or other Kansas issued identification card. Residents of Kansas are permitted to carry concealed firearms without a concealed carry license issued by the state, unless state or federal law prohibits that person from possessing a firearm. For more information, contact your local Kansas Police Department.
Veterans with disabilities who display a special license plate or placard issued pursuant to Kansas law are able to purchase an annual vehicle park permit for a reduced fee of $13.75 or 3.25 for a regular daily permit. All residents are eligible for an annual park pass at a discounted rate of $15 if they purchase the pass at the same time they register or renew registration on their vehicle. For more information, visit the Kansas State Parks Passport website.
Hunting and Fishing License
Veterans with a service-connected disability rating of 30% or more are eligible to receive free hunting and fishing licenses in the State of Kansas. Service members stationed in Kansas are able to purchase hunting and fishing licenses at resident rates while in the State of Kansas. For more information, visit theKansas Wildlife, Parks & Tourism Hunting Application and Fees and the Fishing Application and Fees websites.
Veterans may obtain birth, marriage and death certificates at no cost when requests are made through the Kansas Commission of Veterans Affairs. Visit the Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs Office or call (785) 296-3976 for more information.
There are four (4) Kansas State Veteran cemeteries an five (5) National Cemeteries located in the State of Kansas.
Kansas State Cemeteries
11560 US Highway 400
Fort Dodge, Kansas 67843
403 South 13 Street
WaKeeney, Kansas 67672
1208 North College Street
Winfield, Kansas 67156
5181 Wildcat Creek Road
Manhattan, KS 66503
Baxter Springs City Cemetery
Baxter Springs, KS 66713
395 Biddle Blvd
Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027
900 East National Avenue
Fort Scott, KS 66701
150 Muncie Road
Leavenworth, KS 66048
Mound City, KS 66506
Eligible Veterans, their spouses and dependent children may be interred in Kansas Veteran State or National Cemeteries. The following interment services are provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to eligible Veterans at no charge:
- Burial plot or columbarium niche
- Concrete liner for casket burials
- Opening and closing of the grave
- Perpetual care of the gravesite
- Inscribed gravestone
- Burial Flag
- 20 minute committal service
- Military Honors
For more information on a specific cemetery, visit the cemetery websites listed above For fee and eligibility information, visit Kansas' Veteran Cemeteries Eligibility website.
Kansas State Veterans Homes
There are two (2) Kansas State Veterans Homes in the State of Kansas that provide housing and nursing care to eligible Veterans.
1220 World War II Memorial Drive
Winfield, Kansas 67156
714 Sheridan-Unit 128
Fort Dodge, Kansas 67843
Kansas Veterans’ Home is located 35 miles southeast of Wichita, Kansas in Winfield, Kansas and consists of a 48 bed domiciliary unit, 73 bed long-term care unit and 18 bed special care unit for Alzheimers and related dementia. Residents can expect individualized nutritious meals, trained and professional staff, activity rooms and social opportunities and private or semi-private rooms.
Kansas Soldiers Home is located approximately 5 miles east of Dodge City, Kansas at Fort Dodge, Kansas. It is a modern nursing home with a library/museum, recreation center, fitness room, and three domiciliary residence halls- including a 30 bed domiciliary unit, 30 bed long tern care unit, 26 bed special care unit for dementia and 60 cottages. Services available include restorative care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, dietary services, social services, psychological services, laundry and activities.
To be eligible for admission, a Veteran must have served in active duty for the United States Armed Forces and have received a discharge other than dishonorable. In addition, Veterans must meet one of the following:
- Have a service-connected disability
- Be a former Prisoner of War
- Receive disability compensation
- Entitled to disability compensation (but it is suspended due to receipt of retirement pay or pursuant to 38 U.S.C. 1151)
- Unable to defray the expenses of necessary care as determined by the VA
- Mexican Border Period or World War I Veteran
- Seeking care solely for a disorder associated with exposure to a toxic substance or radiation or for a disorder associated with service in the Southwest Asia Theater or operations during the Persian Gulf War.
- Agree to pay the United States the applicable co-payment if they seek care from a VA hospital or nursing home
Priority shall be given to Veterans with wartime service based on service-connected disability rating by the USDVA, followed by eligible Veterans with no wartime service and lastly spouses and surviving spouses may be admitted when space allows after all eligible Veterans have been admitted.
For more information visit the Kansas Veterans Affairs Veteran Homes website. To apply, contact your local Veterans Center below and complete an Kansas State Veterans Home Application for Admission and submit along with proper documentation to prove Veteran status, such as a Form DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other documentation from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
4801 Linwood Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64128
There are numerous Outpatient Clinics located throughout the State of Oklahoma. Visit the Kansas Veterans Health Administration Clinic Directory to find the Outpatient Clinic nearest you.
Wichita Regional Benefit Office
5500 E. Kellogg
Wichita, KS 67211
Kansas Department of Veterans Affairs
700 SW Jackson, Suite 1004
Topeka, KS 66603
Veterans’ Crisis and Suicide Hotlines
A 24-hour Crisis and Suicide hotline is available to provide assistance to Veterans and their families 24 hours every day:
- Veterans’ Crisis Hotline: 1-888-920-6333
- Veterans’ Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255