Benefits of Utah 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 Utah! Utah offers generous Financial Benefits, Employment Benefits, Education Benefits, Transition, Recreation and Other Benefits to its Veterans and Service Members. Call the beautiful State of Utah your home today!

Financial Benefits

Does the State of Utah offer any Tax Relief Programs?

Yes. The State of Utah offers a tax abatement to disabled Veterans rated at least 10% and to their unmarried widows or minor orphans. The maximum property tax exemption for a service-connected disability rated at 100% is $244,064. A Veteran’s property tax exemption is determined by multiplying their percentage of disability rating by $244,064. For example, if a Veteran was rated at 10%, their tax abatement would be 10% x 244,064=$24,406.40.

Can I use the Property Tax Abatement for any property?

The State of Utah allows the Veteran to use their qualifying abatement amount towards real property (their primary residence) or tangible property, such as a vehicle.

How do I apply for the Tax Relief Program?

Disabled Veterans must complete a tax exemption application obtained from their local county office and submit it, along with VA Form 20-5455 and a copy of their active duty release/discharge certificate on or before September 1st. The property must be on record as of January 1st for the year you file, except for qualified widows and orphans.

Do I have to re-apply for Tax Relief each year?

It depends. A disabled Veteran is only required to file for property tax abatement one time as long as the abatement is being used exclusively for their permanent residence. Veterans who use all or a portion of their abatement towards tangible personal property, such as a vehicle, will need to re-file annually. They will also need to re-file if they sale the property or no longer claim it as their primary residence, their service-connected disability rating changes, or they die.

Employment Benefits

Does the State of Utah offer Veterans a preference for State Employment?

Yes. Eligible Veterans or their un-remarried spouses are given a 5 or 10 point employment preference to the results of any written or oral exam for employment at any Utah Government entity.

What is the Veterans Hiring Priority in the State of Utah?

Agencies contracted by the State of Utah to perform work are required to grant Veterans a hiring priority. Any officers, agents or representatives of the State of Utah or agencies contracted by the State of Utah who intentionally fails to hire a military Veteran is guilty of a misdemeanor.

Where can I get help in finding Employment?

The Utah Department of Workforce Services provides Local Veterans Employment Representatives (LVER) and Disabled Veterans Outreach Person (DVOP) throughout the state. These services provide extensive employment services specifically for Veterans such as job referrals, employment counseling, resume writing assistance and referral letters. Veterans can utilize this employment assistance at their local Department of Workforce Services office.

Education Benefits

Does the State of Utah offer any Education Benefits to Veterans and their Dependents?

Yes. The State of Utah offers a tuition waiver for Purple Heart Recipients, tuition waiver for surviving dependents of military members, Honorary High School Diplomas, and admission assistance to post-secondary schools.

What is the Purple Heart Recipient Program?

Recipients of a Purple Heart who are also residents of Utah and admitted to a Utah public institution for either an undergraduate or graduate program will receive a full tuition waiver.

What is the Scott B Lundell Tuition Waiver Program?

The Scott B Lundell Tuition Waiver is a Bill that waives the undergraduate tuition at Utah institutions of higher education for dependents of Utah residents who where active duty in the military and killed in the line of duty after 9/11/2001. The waiver includes tuition fees only and does not cover any other fees, books or housing expenses.

Who is eligible to receive an Honorary High School Diploma?

Veterans who left High School to serve in WWII, Korea or Vietnam are eligible to receive an Honorary High School Diploma from the high school they left. To receive an Honorary Diploma or for more information, contact the school district the service member attended.

What Admission Assistance to Post-Secondary schools does the State of Utah provide?

The State of Utah offers a Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) Program that assists Veterans in gaining admission to post-secondary schools by providing instruction and tutoring in math, English, and basic computer applications free of charge. The VUB Program is sponsored by Weber State University and is funded by the Department of Education.

Other Utah State Benefits for Veterans

License Plates for Veterans

The State of Utah offers Utah Veteran’s license plates for an initial $25 contribution to The Utah State Department of Veterans Affairs plus a $10 transfer fee in addition to regular vehicle registration and property tax fees. It also offers special group license plates for former POWs, Pearl Harbor Survivors or Purple Heart recipients. These special group license plates are exempt from application and renewal fees. However, normal registration and property tax fees still apply. A “Disabled Veteran” plate is also available for Veterans with service-connected disabilities for a one-time fee of $15. To apply, bring identification and proper evidence to your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office.

Claim and Records Assistance

The Utah State Division of Veterans Affairs provides information, counseling and assistance to Veterans and their dependents in determining and processing claims for their state and federal benefits. Contact your local office for assistance.

Veterans Nursing Homes

The State of Utah provides quality nursing and health care services to its Veterans. Veterans with one or more day of wartime service receive top priority. A Veterans spouse or surviving spouse is also eligible for admittance as long as the marriage to the Veteran took place at least one year before their application.

Veterans Cemetery & Memorial Park

Utah’s Veteran’s Cemetery is available for any U.S. Armed Forces personnel who served during wartime or died in the line of duty. A Veteran’s surviving spouse and dependent children are eligible for burial at Utah’s Veterans Cemetery & Memorial Park, as are Utah’s National Guard and Reservists service members with at least 20 years service.

Free Use of Armories

War Veteran Organizations may use armories owned by the State of Utah as a meeting place free of charge as long as such meetings do not interfere with Utah’s organized militia or National Guard use.

Fishing Licenses for Disabled Veterans

The Utah Division of Wildlife provides Utah Disabled Veteran Fishing licenses free of charge to Veterans with obvious physical handicaps such as wheelchair confinement, loss of a limb, blindness or permanent use of crutches.

Free Admission to State-Controlled Parks

Utah Veterans are eligible to received a special Fun Tag at no charge if they are legally blind or non-ambulatory, which is defined as permanent confinement to a wheelchair, loss of either or both extremities or permanent use of a mobility device such as a cane or crutches. A Fun Tag allows for day use access to most of Utah’s 41 state-controlled parks but does not apply to camping or other special fees. To apply for a Fun Tag, visit www.stateparks.utah.gov or call 1-877-UTPARKS.

Public Transportation Reduced Fare Cards

The State of Utah offers a discounted fare of 50% for transportation on Utah Transit Authority (UTS) busses and TRAX light rail systems to Veterans who have a minimum VA service-connected disability rating of 40%, are in receipt of VA non-service connected pension or, regardless of disability rating, have a transportation disability including but not limited to difficulty in boarding, hearing announcements by transit system or operators, reading or understanding information signs, or difficulty standing in a moving transportation system.

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