Maryland

Benefits of Maryland VA Loans for Veterans. 

If you are a veteran or active duty service member and a resident of the state of Maryland, the first step is to determine if you are eligible for VA home loan benefits. If you have served in the military and received an honorable discharge, you will likely be eligible to buy a home using your VA loan benefits.

Financial Benefits

Does the State of Maryland offer Property Tax Exemption for Veterans?

Yes. The State of Maryland offers a property tax exemption on a Veteran's primary residence if the Veteran is permanently and totally disabled as a result of a service-connected cause. The surviving spouse of a Veteran who was totally disabled or who died in the line of duty while serving as on active may also be eligible to receive an exemption. For more information, call (888) 246-5941 or contact your local county tax assessor's office

What is the Military Retired Pay Income Tax Exemption in the State of Maryland?

The first $5,000 of a military retiree's retirement income is exempt from income tax in the state of Maryland. If a military retiree is over the age of 65, totally disabled or has a spouse that is totally disabled they may be eligible for additional exemptions. Contact 1-800-MD-TAXES to learn more.

What is the Vessel Excise Tax exemption for Veterans in the State of Maryland?

Active duty military personnel receive an exemption for up to one year on the 5% vessel excise tax levied on the sale, resale or transfer of a vessel. For more information, contact the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

Does the State of Maryland provide Vehicle Registration discounts to military personnel?

Yes. Active Duty military personnel are eligible for a tax credit for titling tax paid in another state when establishing residency in the State of Maryland and titling and registering a vehicle within one year of moving to Maryland. For more information, visit the Maryland Department of Motor Vehicles website or visit your local DMV.

Employment Benefits

What is the Veterans Full Employment Act in the State of Maryland?

The Veterans Full Employment Act helps expedite occupational and professional licenses in the State of Maryland for active duty members of the United States Armed Forces, United States Armed Forces Reserves, or Maryland National Guard and their spouses. Recently discharged Veterans and their spouses may also take advantage of this Act. To qualify, a Veteran or their spouse must hold an active license in good standing with another state and be:

  • A spouse or member of the United States Armed Forces assigned to duty in the State of Maryland;
  • A recently discharged (except for dishonorable discharge) member of the United States Armed Forces or current member of of the United States Armed Forces Reserves or Maryland National Guard; or
  • A spouse of a recently discharged member of the United States Armed Forces or surviving spouse of a member of the United States Armed Forces.

Is there a deadline when applying for a license under the Veterans Full Employment Act?

Current service members with their duty station located in Maryland and their spouses may apply any time. Veterans, their spouses and surviving spouses must apply for license within one year from separation of the Armed Forces or when the service member died.

For assistance in expediting your application, contact the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing at (410) 230-6231. Once your application has been submitted, contact the Commissioner of Financial Regulation at (410) 230-6231.

Does the State of Maryland offer a Veterans Preference for State Employment?

Yes. Eligible Veterans, the spouse of an eligible Veteran with a service-connected disability, or the surviving spouse of a deceased eligible Veteran are granted a ten point preference on any selection test by the State Appointing Authority for skilled and professional appointments. An additional two points will be granted to Veterans with service-connected disabilities or former POWs.

In addition, the State of Maryland offers a 7 percent preference to Veteran-owned small business and an 8 percent preference to disabled Veteran-owned small businesses when contracting with the University System of Maryland, the Department of General Services and the Department of Transportation.

Does the State of Maryland offer Employment Assistance to Veterans?

Yes. The State of Maryland has numerous One Stop Career Centers located throughout the State where Veteran Representatives provide Veterans with vocational guidance and referrals to supportive services and assist them in finding employment and training opportunities. For more information and to find the One Stop Career Center nearest you, visit the Maryland’s One Stop Career Centers website.

What is the Commercial Driver's License Skills Test Waiver available to Veterans?

Recently discharged service members may have the driver skills portion of their test waived in order to obtain a Class A or B Commercial Driver's License through the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA). To be eligible, a Veteran must possess a good driving record and have at least 2 years experience driving vehicles as part of their job function immediately prior to discharge from the military. Driving experience and type of vehicle operated must be certified by the Veteran’s Commanding Officer. The Veteran must also pass the written/knowledge portion of the CDL test. For more information and to apply, visit their website: MVA CDL Information.

What is the Veterans Workforce Investment Program?

The Veterans Workforce Investment Program provides Veterans with career assessment testing, services to assist with reintegration into meaningful employment, and training and job development for specific employment opportunities. To be eligible, a Veteran must have been separated from service within 48 months, earned a campaign badge while serving on Active Duty in the Armed Forces during a war or an expedition where a campaign badge was earned, have a service connected disability, or have a significant barrier to employment. For more information, call (301) 662-0099.

What is the Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program?

The Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program provides housing to Veterans while assisting them in securing and retaining appropriate employment and eventually transitioning into transitional/permanent housing. This is accomplished by providing training to develop specific employment skills and providing employment referrals, in addition to locating support services in the community. Coaching and mentoring is also provided the first 180 days a Veteran is on the job to help with retention. To be eligible for this program, a Veteran must be homeless, have proof of Veteran status and have an other than dishonorable discharge. For more information, call (301) 662-0099.

What is the Welcome Home Per Diem Program?

The Welcome Home Program strives to provide a seamless delivery of services to homeless Veterans that will lead them to self-sufficiency. This is accomplished by providing Veterans with affordable supportive housing, recovery services to maintain a sober-living environment, employment and training services to increase their skill set and income potential, help them obtain greater self-determination, and assistance in establishing good budgeting practices. For more information, call (301) 662-0099.

Education Benefits

Does the State of Maryland offer any Education Benefits to Veterans?

Yes. The State of Maryland offers the Veterans of the Afghanistan & Iraq Conflicts Scholarship Program and the Edward T. Conroy Memorial Scholarship to Veterans of the United States Armed Forces.

Edward T. Conroy Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship provides aid for tuition and other education related expenses to Veterans and their eligible family members who attend an institute of higher learning in the State of Maryland. The following individuals are eligible to apply:

  • The child of a member of the United States Armed Forces who is 100% disabled or died as a result of military service;
  • A Veteran who has exhausted or is no longer eligible for federal veterans' education benefits and has at least a 25% service-connected disability;
  • A POW/MIA of the Vietnam Conflict or their child;
  • The child or surviving spouse of a victim who died as a result of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks; or
  • A state or local public safety employee or volunteer who was 100% disabled in the line of duty.

Veterans of the Afghanistan & Iraq Conflicts Scholarship Program

This scholarship provides financial assistance to United States Armed Forces personnel who served in the Afghanistan or Iraq Conflicts and their children and spouses who are currently in high-school or enrolled in a part-time or full-time eligible accredited undergraduate postsecondary program in Maryland. The following individuals are eligible to apply:

  • A Veteran or Active Duty Member of the Armed Forces who served for at least 60 days in Afghanistan, or contiguous air space as defined in federal regulations on or after October 24, 2001 or in Iraq, or contiguous waters or air space as defined in federal regulations, on or after March 19, 2003. Terminal dates for service shall be determined and prescribed by the United States Secretary of Defense;
  • Reserve members of the Armed Forces of the United States or the Maryland National Guard who were activated as a result of the Afghanistan or Iraq Conflicts and served at least 60 days, in the timeframe defined above; or
  • Children or spouses of eligible Veterans, Active Duty Members of the Armed Forces, Reserve Members of the Armed Forces or members of the Maryland National Guard.

For more information, see the Maryland Higher Education Commission website.

Does the State of Maryland offer Education Benefits to Spouses and Children of Veterans?

Yes. Children and spouses of Veterans eligible for the Veterans of the Afghanistan & Iraq Conflicts Scholarship are also eligible to apply. The child or spouse of a Veteran who was killed or 100% disabled as a result of military service is eligible to apply for the Edward T. Conroy Memorial Scholarship.

Does the State of Maryland offer High School Diplomas to Veterans?

Yes. The County Board of Education awards high school diplomas to Veterans who left high school early to enter the Armed Forces. Veterans must have served in the Korean War or World War II. For more information, call (410) 767-0538.

What is the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) Veterans Workforce Training Program?

Qualified Veterans of the United States Armed Forces, United States Armed Forces Reserves or Maryland National Guard who are residents of Maryland are eligible to register for any remaining seats in many MTA training classes at no charge, with preference given to Veterans with service-connected disabilities. The primary purpose of this program is to offer skills and training opportunities to Veterans to help them prepare for a meaningful career to help them succeed in the workforce. For more information, visit the MTA Workforce website.

Other Maryland State Benefits for Veterans

Legal Services

The State of Maryland offers legal services to those in need of legal advice or services through the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service . You can contact them at (410) 547-6537 or on their Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service website. A special legal group, The Homeless Person Representation Project (HPRP), assists homeless persons or those at risk of homelessness. They also provide free legal service through their Veterans' Benefits Project assisting Veterans in processing claims for benefits. For more information or help, contact them at (410) 685-6589 or see their HPRP Law website.

Admission to State Parks

Individuals with disabilities are offered free entry to Maryland State Parks through the Access MD Pass. For more information or to apply for the Access MD Pass, call the Maryland Park Service at (410) 260-8186 or complete and submit an Access MD Application.

Hunting and Fishing Privileges

Hunting Licenses

Maryland Veterans who are certified as former prisoners of war or have a service-connected disability rated at 100% are eligible to receive a complimentary lifetime hunting license. Additionally, Active Duty members of the Armed Forces who are stationed in or residents of Maryland may hunt at no charge while on official leave. For more information, call (410) 260-3220 or visit the Maryland Hunting and Trapping website.

Fishing Licenses

Maryland Veterans who are certified as former prisoners of war or have a service-connected disability rated at 100% are eligible to receive a complimentary lifetime fishing license For more information, call (410) 656-9526 or visit the Maryland Fishing website.

VA Health Care

Maryland offers three VA Medical Centers- the Baltimore VA Medical Center, the Perry Point VA Medical Center and the Loch Raven VA Community Living & Rehabilitation Center. In addition, there are six VA Outpatient Clinics throughout the State of Maryland. For more information and to find your nearest VA Health Care Center, visit the VA Maryland Health Care System website.

License Plates for Disabled Veterans

Veterans with a 100% service-connected disability are eligible to receive disabled license plates for a motor vehicle without charge and are entitled to special parking privileges. For more information, call (800) 950-1982 or visit your local Motor Vehicle Administration office.

Death Benefit to Surviving Spouse or Estate

The State of Maryland offers a death benefit of up to $141,622 to the surviving spouse, children, dependent parents, or estate of a Maryland resident killed in action, or as a result of an injury sustained in action, while serving in Afghanistan or its contiguous airspace or Iraq or its contiguous airspace or waters. To apply, the beneficiary or their agent must submit a letter of application within three years of service member's death to:

Patricia M. Donovan, Executive Director, Human Resources

Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services
Suite 309
6776 Reisterstown Road
Baltimore, MD 21215-2341

For questions or more information regarding the Death Benefit, contact the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services at (410) 585-3408.

State Veterans Cemetery & Memorial Program

Honorably discharged Veterans who are residents of the State of Maryland and their eligible dependents are eligible for burial on a first-come, first-served basis at one of Maryland's five Veterans' cemeteries. There is no charge to Veterans for the burial plot, opening/closing of site, headstone or state liner if used. Visit the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs website for more information on Eligibility Requirements for Interment or to locate Maryland VA Cemeteries.

Veterans Behavioral Health Assistance

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene offers assistance to Veterans in rural Maryland in accessing mental health care through the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. If Veterans are unable to access mental health benefits through the VA, resources through the State of Maryland are available to Veterans. For more information call (800) 422-0009.

Maryland State Veterans Home

Maryland's Charlotte Hall Veterans Home is located on 125 acres in St. Mary's County and offers 504 beds, including a 226-bed Assisted Living Unit, a 278-bed Nursing Home with a higher level of care and a 42-bed secured unit offering specialized care for those suffering from AlAlzheimer's and other related dementia. Eligible applicants are honorably discharged Veterans of the United Armed Forces who are Maryland residents and at least 62 years old, unless disabled and unable to work. Legal spouse of eligible Veterans may also be admitted. For more information call (800) 522-8387 ext. 1409 or visit the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home website.

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