Benefits in my Backyard: New Hampshire

Jonathan Kaupanger
April 02, 2018 - 12:24 pm



The Granite State is home to over 100,000 veterans with the largest group having served during the Vietnam Era.  This state was the first of the 13 original colonies to declare its independence from Great Britain.  The first free (meaning tax-supported) public library in the world opened in New Hampshire in 1833.  For strange laws here, if you have cows and they cross state roads they need to be fitted with a device to catch its feces.  It’s considered an offense to check into a hotel under an assumed name here.  And you may not tap your feet, nod your head or in any way keep time to the music in a tavern, restaurant or cafe while in New Hampshire.


New Hampshire does not tax military retirement pay.

  • Property Tax Exemption.  Veterans with a discharge from military service under conditions other than dishonorable, or an officer who is honorably separated, or veterans with a total and permanent service-connected disability may be exempt from all property tax. 
  • Standard and Optional Veterans’ Tax Credit.  The standard veteran tax credit is $50.  The optional veteran tax credit is set by a city or town and is between $51 and $500.  The optional tax credit replaces the standard deduction.  Qualification includes serving at least 90 days of active duty during a war and an honorable discharge.  The spouse or surviving spouse of a qualified veteran may use this credit as well.
  • Spouse of Deceased Veteran Tax Credit.  The spouse of a veteran who was killed while on active duty may be eligible for a tax credit between $700 and $2,000 on real estate or personal property.
  • Disabled Veteran Tax Credit.  There’s a $700 tax credit on real estate occupied as a principal place of residence by a permanently and totally disabled service-connected veteran.  Cities and towns may vote to adopt a higher tax credit of up to $2,000.



  • On request, when applying for New Hampshire state jobs, veterans’ preference points may be applied to veterans with an honorable discharge. 
    • 5 points given to veterans who served in wartime, unmarried, surviving spouse of a war veteran and spouse of disabled war veterans with service-connected total disability
    • 10 points given to disabled war veterans with at least a 10 percent service-connected disability and to an unmarried spouse of a war veteran whose death was service-connected
  • Veterans Guaranteed Reemployment.  Reemployment of veterans by towns and other political subdivisions upon application being made within 90 days after the veteran is discharged from active military service.
  • New Hampshire Employment Security.  Support through times of unemployment, match job seekers with employers.  Find office locations here.
  • New Hampshire Jobs.  Post resumes and search for jobs.


  • Veterans’ Relief.  War veterans and their dependent families who are unable to support themselves shall be supported at public expense in the town or city in which they live.  Contact your county commissioner for more information.
  • Veterans Count.  Part of Easterseals Military and Veterans Services, providing resources and services to veterans, service members and their families.
  • Veterans First.  Transitional housing support


  • Hunting/Fishing License.  Veterans with an other than dishonorable discharge who have a 100 percent service-connected disability may purchase licenses for $10.  The license is good for 7 years.
  • State Parks.  State disabled veterans are admitted free of charge at all day-use parks.  Special number plates are issued to disabled veterans for this purpose or you can use a letter issued by VA certifying the service-connected disability.


  • New Hampshire Veterans Home.  Open to veterans with an honorable discharge.  Applicants must be a state resident for at least one year prior to the date of application.  There is no minimum age to apply. 

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