Connecticut State Veteran’s Benefits

The state of Connecticut provides several veteran benefits. This section offers a brief description of each of the

following benefits.

Housing Benefits

Financial Assistance Benefits

Employment Benefits

Education Benefits

Other State Veteran Benefits

Connecticut Veteran Housing Programs

Connecticut Veterans’ Home

The Department has a health care center with a capacity of 250 beds, a 50-bed substance abuse recovery program

and a 500-bed Residential Program. Professional services are provided by staff physicians, Advanced Practice

Registered Nurses, OT, PT, RT, dieticians and social workers are augmented by community specialists, as well as,

networking to local VA and major area hospitals when appropriate. By Statute, veterans who are able to pay in

whole or in part for programs or services determined by the applicable fee schedule will receive a monthly bill for

such services rendered.

Learn more about the Connecticut Veterans’ Home

Connecticut Financial Assistance Benefits

State Income Tax Exemptions

Connecticut veterans receiving federally taxable military retirement pay are eligible for an exemption from the state

income tax. Connecticut applies a 50 percent exemption from the state income tax on federally taxable military

retirement pay to members of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and Army and Air National

Guard. To learn more, read the full article on

Property Tax Exemptions

Veterans, who have ninety days of wartime service, including Merchant Marines, who served during WWII, are

eligible for a $1,500 exemption for property tax purposes (e.g., real property or automobiles). You have the option to

choose to apply this exemption to your real estate or automobile tax. Certain veterans, who do not own real property

or a motor vehicle, may be eligible for a tax refund if they are leasing a motor vehicle.

Veterans below a certain income level and/or service connected disabled veterans are eligible for additional property

tax exemptions (up to $10,000 for paraplegics). Surviving spouses of veterans may also be eligible for this

benefit. Contact your municipality’s Tax Assessor Officer for specific details.

Learn more about Property Tax Exemptions

The Soldiers’, Sailors’ and Marines’ Fund

The Soldiers’, Sailors’ and Marines’ Fund (SSMF) is a state fund administered by the American Legion for the

purpose of providing temporary financial assistance for veterans with ninety days of wartime service, who are

disabled, unemployed or for sickness. An applicant must be a resident of the State of Connecticut at the time of

application for benefits. SSMF provides funding for emergency needs such as clothing, food, medical and surgical

aid, and general care and relief. For further information please call 860-296-0719.

Learn more about The Soldiers’, Sailors’ and Marines’ Fund

Connecticut State Employment Benefits

Employment Assistance

An employee who leaves any public authority or public agency to enter the armed forces can be reinstated in their

former position. Veterans must reapply within ninety days following receipt of a certificate from the armed forces

confirming satisfactory service.

For classified competitive state exams, a wartime veteran eligible for or receiving VA compensation receives an

additional ten points. A wartime veteran not eligible for VA compensation or pension receives five additional

points. A spouse of a qualified veteran is also eligible for additional points. However, to qualify, the veteran or

spouse must achieve a passing grade on the examination score. If an honorably discharged veteran has served in a

military action for which he/she received, or is entitled to receive, a campaign badge or expeditionary medal, he/she

qualifies for five additional points if they receive a passing grade on their examination.

On a competitive municipal examination, a wartime veteran eligible for VA compensation or a pension, who has

received a passing score, receives ten additional points.

A wartime veteran not eligible for compensation or a pension, who has received a passing score, receives five

additional points.

Learn more about Employment Benefits

Connecticut Veteran Education Benefits

Educational Benefit/Tuition Waivers

State law provides that tuition fees at state educational institutions be waived for certain veterans and certain


Approved institutions for this benefit are:

State Regional Community/Technical Colleges

State Universities

In order to be eligible for a tuition waiver, one must:

Be a veteran who served 90 days of active duty during a period of war as defined in; and

Have been accepted to an approved institution; and

Be a Connecticut resident at the time of acceptance to the institution.

A veteran’s dependents can also qualify for tuition waiver if the veteran is declared missing in action while

serving in the armed forces after January 1, 1960.

Learn more about Educational Benefit/Tuition Waivers

High School Diplomas and Veterans of WWII

Local Boards of Education may award diplomas to those WWII veterans who did not receive them when they left

high school before graduation for military service.

Learn more about High School Diplomas and Veterans of WWII

Other Connecticut State Veteran Benefits

Burial in Connecticut’s Veterans’ Cemetery

Any veteran discharged with other than a dishonorable discharge is eligible for burial in a state veterans’ cemetery.

Spouses are also eligible for this benefit.

Learn more about Burial in Connecticut’s Veterans’ Cemetery

Motor Vehicles Waiver

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State law provides for free motor vehicle registration and special plates to former prisoners of war and recipients of

the Medal of Honor.

Veterans, who were state residents at the time of induction and who apply within two years of receiving an

honorable discharge, are exempt from paying for an operator’s license and examination fees for one licensing


State law also provides that fees may be waived for the following registration items, subject to a formal

determination by the Department of Motor Vehicles:

Special License plates for disabled veterans

Special fee license plates for certain disabilities (loss of use or loss of limb, or blind) handicapped and

overtime parking.

If receiving auto grant from the VA or Medal of Honor recipient, exemption from registration fees.

Learn more about the Motor Vehicles Waiver


Members of The Municipal Employees’ Retirement System, who leave municipal employment to enter the armed

forces while the United States is at war, engaged in hostilities, or during national emergencies and are re-employed

by the municipality within six months of discharge, are credited with the period of service as though they had been

continuously employed. This six-month limitation can be extended due to service-related disability.

Learn more about Retirement Benefits

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