There are many state and federally funded benefits that are available to all kinds of military personnel. Whether still serving, in the reserves, retired, or one of the thousands of disabled veterans due to a service-connected disability, there are resources out there to help make your life that little bit easier. On top of that, there are services and exemptions that work specifically for military veterans. From tax breaks to free burial services, veterans of all ability levels fall under certain financial blankets of security. In some cases, the military spouses of veterans may be eligible for full or partial benefits in place of their partner. Coverage varies by state and even town, so you may want to call your local VA center for more information that will be specific to your situation. Here are a few veteran’s benefits for spouses that are often granted in full or in part.
When it comes to government and state jobs and countable income, veteran’s benefits are granted to those who have served some capacity in the US military. If you happen to be retired, have veteran status, or one of the many disabled veterans, your application to a state or federal office could gain 5 to 10 points in your total score for consideration. Those with a service-connected disability of at least 10% (in most areas) will receive points on the higher end of the scale. In states or job locations that forgo the usual point system, it could even get your submission bumped to the top of the list. It so happens that with many states and federal positions, this privilege extends to your current spouse as well as any unremarried surviving military spouses. A few states qualify all household dependents, including your children in on this benefit.
With at least 90 to 180 days of wartime service and an honorable discharge under your belt, most states offer retired military personnel and qualified veterans a break in their property taxes. The higher the percentage of your disability, the less you usually have to pay. This discount can mean thousands of dollars in savings. Some states require a certain level of disability for veterans to qualify. A few go so far as to waive taxes completely for veterans considered 100% disabled. This may also hold true for those who have earned their Purple Heart so long as they both own and live on the aid property as a year-round residence. Benefits may or may not be transferable to a new property if said veteran decides to move. Some places will require that you’ve lived in the same state for at least a year to qualify. Unremarried, surviving spouses are eligible for these same tax breaks in most cases.
Pretty much every state has some form of veteran housing available. Those who have racked up 90–180 days of active duty and who left the service on good terms could qualify. Housing options range from apartment style type living quarters to close-knit communities. The housing is rarely free of charge and your monthly “rent” will either be relative to your income or simply a low, set amount. If you love your partner, leaving them to go and live in some inexpensive condo might not sound like the ideal situation. That would be because it isn’t which is why, in many cases, your spouse may live with you. Should you die in action, an unremarried, surviving spouse may still be able to take advantage of veteran housing in your place.
It’s arguable that the way a society treats their elderly with long-term care sets the bar for everything else. This is twice as true for US military veterans who find themselves at the point where a nursing home has become a necessity. In pretty much every state there is at least one veteran-specific nursing home. The minimum requirements to qualify are usually something like 90 to 180 days in active combat, an honorable discharge, and a certificate of need from a VA doctor. Sometimes, a certain percentage of disability gets preference over other applications. Sometimes, the cost of residency is covered by the state and thus is free to the service member. In most cases, the fee is nominal. While some long-term care nursing homes are veterans only, others allow your current spouses as well as unremarried, surviving spouses the exact same access to services. This could mean that if or when your partner is in need of a nursing home, they can join you or you can relax a little in the knowledge that your partner will still receive care even if you die in the line of duty.
Veteran cemeteries are places where retired, reserved, or [highlight color=”green”] active US military personnel [/highlight]can choose to be buried at a low cost or, in some cases, for free. Requirements to qualify are all pretty typical: 90–180 days of service in an active combat zone, an honorable discharge or a combat-related death while still serving, and residency for at least a year in the state in which you are to be buried. For some cemeteries, this right is reserved exclusively for veterans while others welcome spouses and unremarried, surviving partners. In rare cases, this offer can be extended to your immediate family members as well. If your spouse doesn’t qualify to be buried in your local, veteran cemetery, there are still options for you. In some states, funeral costs are covered for individuals with certain levels of disability or those who have been awarded medals such as the Purple Heart. These benefits can then often be extended to a spouse or surviving spouse so long as they have not remarried.
That, ladies and gentlemen, is the end of our post for today. We hope this article has given you a better idea of what sorts of benefits your spouse can qualify for. Remember that it never hurts to double check for specifics in your area and we wish you and your partner the best of luck.