Benefits in my Backyard: Montana

It’s illegal to have a sheep in the cab of your truck without a chaperone here

Jonathan Kaupanger
April 20, 2018 - 12:27 pm

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Just over 90,000 veterans call Big Sky Country home. The only North American gem to be included in the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom is the Montana Yogo Sapphire. 46 of Montana’s 56 counties have an average population of six or fewer people per square mile.  You can find, on average, 1.4 elk, 1.4 pronghorn antelope and 3.3 deer in each square mile in this state. You need to know that you can’t have a pet rat if you live in Billings. In Helena there’s a law against annoying passersby on sidewalks with a water sprinkler. And in Whitehall, it’s illegal to operate a vehicle with ice picks attached to the wheels.

Taxes

Montana exempts the first $3,600 of retired military pay from income tax as long as your federal adjusted gross income is $30k or less.

  • Montana Disabled Veteran Assistance Program. (MVD) Veterans with a 100 percent, service-connected disability or their unmarried surviving spouse may reduce the amount of property tax on their home.  The reduction is based on income and marriage status and is 100, 80, 70 or 50 percent of the normal tax rate. Return the application to your local field office by April 15.  If you miss the deadline, your application will be considered for the following year.
  • Property Tax Assistance. Helping citizens on a fixed or limited income by reducing the property tax on their home. This is applied to the first $200k of your primary residence’s market value. Your income and marriage status determine the reduction of 80, 50 or 30 percent of the normal tax rate. Return the application to your local field office by April 15. If you miss the deadline, your application will be considered for the following year.

Education

Career

  • On request, when applying for Montana state jobs, veterans’ preference points may be applied to veterans with an honorable discharge. 
    • 10 percentage points given to veterans with a service-connected disability and un-remarried spouse of certain deceased veterans, a spouse of a veteran unable to work because of a service-connected disability or the Gold Star mother
    • 5 points given to eligible veterans
  • Montana Department of Labor & Industry Job Seeker Resources.  
  • Montana Works.  Statewide network of workforce development centers

Family

Entertainment

  • Hunting/Fishing licenses. Here’s the list of hunting licenses with costs associated. Disabled veterans may purchase a Resident with a Disability Conservation License for $8. This allows for the purchase of deer, elk, fishing and game bird licenses at half cost.
  • Donation of Hunting Licenses for Disabled Veterans. Donated licenses go to a Purple Heart recipient who has at least a 70 percent disability rating.

Housing

  • Veterans’ Homes. There are two state veterans’ home in Montana. One in Columbia Falls and one in Glendive. Admission is for honorably-discharged veterans. Spouses are admitted on a space-available basis.

Cemetery and Burial

  • Montana’s State Veterans Cemeteries. are open to veterans with an honorable discharge. For more information call (406) 324-3742. For the Fort Harrison cemetery, (406) 721-2995 for the Missoula cemetery and (406) 951-1325 for the Miles City 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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