Benefits in my Backyard: Delaware

It’s illegal to whisper within 300 feet of a church.

Jonathan Kaupanger
April 20, 2018 - 12:47 pm



Just over 75,000 veterans live in the First State.  At just under 100 miles long and only 35 miles at its widest point, Delaware is the second smallest state in the country.  It may be small, but it’s the sixth most densely populated in America.  In Fenwick Island, you should know that you can’t lay down on the beach at night.  In Lewes, if you get married on a dare, you are entitled to an annulment.


Delaware excludes up to $2k of military retirement pay for anyone under age 60 and up to $12,500 if you’re 60 or older.

  • Tax Exemption for Pension Recipients. Delaware offers a state income tax exemption for veterans who receive a pension from a private employer, the state government or the federal government.  For information on the amount of the exemption, contact the Division of Revenue at (302) 739-5251



  • On request, when applying for Delaware state jobs, veterans’ preference points may be applied to veterans with an honorable discharge.  An unmarried surviving spouse may claim the points the veteran would qualify for.
    • 10 points given to veterans with a service-connected disability
    • 5 points given to eligible veterans
  • Delaware Bets On Vets. Using your military experience to find a job in Delaware.



  • Hunting/Fishing licenses are available at no charge for veterans with at least a 60 percent service-connected disability.  It takes up to four weeks to process an application.


  • The Delaware Veterans Home requires an honorable discharge from at least 180 days of active duty.  Applicants must be state residents for at least three years prior to application.

Cemetery and Burial

  • There are two state veterans’ cemeteries in Delaware and one in Bear (302-834-8046 or email) and one in Millsboro (302-934-5653 or email). Eligibility requirements include an honorable discharge and active duty service for more than 180 days.
  • Eligibility Determination Form.  A 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.  

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