Veteran Benefits in Hawaii

As a veteran in the state of Hawaii, there are a number of benefits and programs that you are entitled to access. Knowing more about these programs and how to utilize them is the key to using them to their fullest advantage. As such, here is a look at some of the benefits veterans in Hawaii can enjoy.

Property Tax Exemptions

Totally disabled veterans or their widows are entitled to a property tax exemption on any property they own and occupy. Passenger cars owned by totally disabled veterans that are subsidized by the VA are also eligible for this exemption.

Housing Assistance

Totally disabled veterans are also eligible to receive special housing assistance from the state of Hawaii. For this benefit, eligible veterans can receive up to $5,000 to assist with purchasing a home or remodeling a home to improve handicapped accessibility.

Hunting Licenses

For the purpose of obtaining a hunting license, active duty military personnel and their dependents stationed in Hawaii are considered to be residents and may obtain the necessary licensure.

The Hawaii State Veterans Home

The state nursing home of Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home offers services to honorably discharged veterans over the age of 55. The facility is meant to assist those who require skilled nursing care to meet their health needs. Spouses may also be eligible to utilize the facility if there is space available. While some of the cost will be covered by the VA or Medicare, the veteran is responsible for covering any additional costs.

Veteran Cemeteries

Veterans, their spouses and some dependents may be eligible for internment in one of the state’s seven veteran cemeteries. These cemeteries are located in the following cities:

  • Hilo
  • Kailua-Kona
  • Kaneohe
  • Kaunakakai
  • Lanai City
  • Lihue
  • Makawao

A small fee may be charged for burial in one of these cemeteries.

State Employment

Veterans who are interested in obtaining employment with the state receive preference points to assist them with open competitive state employment positions. Non-disabled veterans receive 5 preference points while disabled veterans receive 10 points. These points are added to their examination scores.

License Plates

Veterans can choose to obtain a special license plate at the same cost of a regular plate. Plates from which they can choose, if qualified, include:

  • Veteran
  • Combat
  • Combat Wounded
  • Former POW
  • Persian Gulf Veteran
  • Vietnam Veteran
  • Korea Veteran
  • Pearl Harbor Survivor
  • World War II Veteran

These special plates are also available for motorcycles.

VA Office Services

The Office of Veterans’ Services also assists veterans in Hawaii in a number of ways. Some of the services offered by the office include:

  • Advocacy for veterans concerns
  • Referral assistance
  • Providing information
  • Assistance with completing claims and forms
  • Appeal assistance
  • Short-term counseling

The Office of Veterans’ Services can also provide burial assistance and actively engages in outreach initiatives. The office may also take action on the behalf of veterans and their families to assist them with securing the appropriate rights, services and benefits. By utilizing these services, you will be more likely to receive all of the benefits that you are entitled to receive as a resident of Hawaii who has served your country.

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