Benefits in my Backyard: Mississippi

Jonathan Kaupanger
April 20, 2018 - 12:29 pm


The Magnolia State is home to more than 200,000 veterans. Root beer was invented in Biloxi in 1898 by Edward Adolf Barq. Mississippi has more churches per capita than any other state in the country. This state is the farm-raised catfish capital of the U.S. The Teddy Bear started in this state when Teddy Roosevelt refused to shoot a trapped bear. And if this state gives us nothing else, the fact that the soft toilet seat was invented here should be enough. 


Mississippi does not tax military retirement pay. 

  • Ad Valorem Tax Exemption. Any veteran with a service-connected disability who was honorably discharged from service may be exempt from all Ad Valorem taxes on the assessed value of homestead property. This exemption may be extended to un-remarried surviving spouses of eligible veterans. 


  • Children of POW or MIA Scholarships. Children of any Armed Forces member whose official home of record and residence is in Mississippi and who is officially reported as either POW or MIA may receive an eight semester scholarship at any state supported college or university.
  • Mississippi National Guard scholarship. As the time of initial enrollment, the individual must be a captain, lieutenant, warrant officer, cadet, officer candidate or enlisted member of the Mississippi National Guard. You must be at least 17 years old and a state resident.
  • Military personnel stationed in Mississippi are classified as state residents for the purpose of paying tuition at state colleges and universities.




  • Fishing/Hunting licenses. Any veteran who has been judged by the VA as having a total service-connected disability does not have to purchase or have a license in their position while hunting/fishing.  Members of the Armed Forces, including Reserves and National Guard are not required to purchase or have in their possession a hunting or fishing license.  Proof of military service or disability is required in place of the license.


  • Veterans’ Homes Mississippi’s Martha Jo Leslie State Veterans Home is open to veterans discharged under other than dishonorable conditions. You must be a state resident, unless there’s not a waiting list of veterans.
  • Mississippi Veterans Home Purchase Board. Provides low interest mortgage loans up to $250,000. Eligibility requires you to be a state resident before joining the military and for two years before applying for the loan. Call (601) 576-4800 for more information.

Cemetery and Burial

  • Veterans residing in the state are eligible to receive certain end of live benefits. There are two state run cemeteries in Mississippi. One in Kilmichael, the other in Newton. Spouses and eligible dependent children may be buried in a Mississippi State Cemetery.
  • 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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