Benefits in my Backyard: Arkansas

Jonathan Kaupanger
April 20, 2018 - 12:51 pm

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More than 200,000 veterans call Arkansas home. This state is the world capital of a few things, including quartz, spinach, folk music and archery bow production. The only active diamond mine in the U.S. in in Arkansas.  The first women elected to the U.S. Senate was a democrat from Arkansas. Be warned, it’s against the law to mispronounce this state’s name.  And dogs in Little Rock aren’t allowed to bark after 6:00 p.m.

Taxes

Arkansas military retirement pay is exempt from state taxes. 

  • Homestead and Personal Property Tax Exemption.  A total exemption of all state taxes on the homestead and personal property owned by a disabled veterans with special awarded monthly compensation by VA for the loss of or use of one or more limbs, for total blindness in one or both eyes, or for service connected total and permanent disability of 100 percent. This exemption passes on to the surviving spouse as long as they remain unmarried.  Annual recertification is required.

Education

  • Arkansas Department of Higher Education has the authority to provide free tuition and fees at any state supported college, university, technical school or vocational school. This applies to the spouse and children of any Arkansan who has been declared a POW or MIA since Jan. 1, 1960.
  • Instate Tuition. Regardless of residence, state supported of schools shall classify a student as in-state if the student is a:
    • Veterans with at least 90 days of active duty
    • Dependent of veteran shown above
    • Member of the armed forces
    • Spouse of a member of the armed forces

Career

  • Veterans receive preference points when testing for open and open non-promotional examinations  for state jobs.
    • 10 points: veterans with written proof of a service-connected disability
    • 5 points: veterans with honorable discharge and served at least six years active duty, National Guard or reserves.
  • Arkansas Veterans Employment Representative list

Family

Entertainment

  • Fishing/Hunting licenses.  State veterans with a 100 percent service-connected disability may receive discounted hunting and fishing licenses.  The application for the Disabled Military Veteran Lifetime Licenses is here.

Housing

  • There are two State Veterans Homes in Arkansas, one in Fayetteville and the other in North Little Rock.  Admission requirements include an honorable discharge and a need for nursing home placement.  Veterans spouse and Gold Star parents may apply for admission. 

Cemetery and Burial

  • Veterans residing in the state are eligible to receive certain end of live benefits.  There are two state veterans’ cemeteries in Arkansas, one in North Little Rock and the other in Birdeye.  Interment eligibility includes a discharge under conditions other than dishonorable.
  • Eligibility Determination Form.  Pre-needs determination is intended to simplify and assist the veteran’s next-of-kin at the time of death.  This does not reserve a plot or niche at the cemetery. There is no cost for this.

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