Benefits in my Backyard: Connecticut

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Jonathan Kaupanger
April 20, 2018 - 12:48 pm

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The Constitution State is home to more than 217,000 veterans.  The first ever automobile law was passed here in 1901.  The speed limit was set at a staggering 12 miles per hour.  The Submarine Capital of the World is in Groton, which is also home to the official submarine museum of the U.S. Navy.  The first telephone book in the country was published in New Haven in 1878.  It contained 15 contacts.  Be warned, walking on your hands while crossing any street in Hartford is illegal and only white Christmas lights are allowed for display in Guilford. 

Taxes

Connecticut will tax military retirement pay.

  • Veteran Property Tax Exemption.  Veterans with at least 90 days of wartime service are eligible for a $1,500 exemption that may be applied to real estate or automobiles. Veterans with income below certain levels, disabled veterans and surviving spouses may be eligible for additional property tax exemptions.  Contact your municipality’s Tax Assessor office for details. 

Education

Career

  • Veteran preference points are applied to competitive exams for state employment.  An honorable discharge is required.
    • 10 points are awarded to wartime veterans who receive VA compensation.
    • 5 points are awarded to wartime veterans who are not eligible for VA compensation or pension.
    • The spouse of qualified veterans may also receive additional points.  To qualify the spouse must achieve a passing grade on the examination.
  • Connecticut Career Fairs.  Stay up to date on career fairs offered across the state.
  • Free workshops offered at American Job Centers

Family

  • Patriots’ Landing.  Five separate single family homes that can accommodate veterans, their spouses and children.  The homes are completely furnished.  Housing is provided on a month to month basis and participants are expected to pay a monthly housing program fee.  All houses are smoke free and pets are not permitted.  Exceptions may be considered for verified service animals.
  • Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Fund offers temporary financial assistance for veterans with at least 90 days of wartime service.  Funding for clothing, food, medical and surgical aid and general care and relief is available.
  • Supportive Services for Veteran Families helps veteran families at risk of becoming homeless to maintain their housing and to rapidly re-house veteran families how have become homeless.

Entertainment

  • Fishing/Hunting licenses.  Active duty military may purchase a Connecticut hunting, fishing or trapping license for the same fee as a resident.  Disabled veterans may be issued a free license.
  • Admission to State Parks.   Veterans with service-connected disabilities may receive a free lifetime state park pass.  You’ll need a copy of your current state driver’s license and a VA benefits letter indicating the service connected disability.

Housing

  • Veterans’ Home.  The Veterans’ Home at Rocky Hill has a 125 bed health care center, a 50-bed substance abuse recovery program and a 40-bed residential program.  It’s open to any veteran discharged with an other than dishonorable discharge and who is a current resident of Connecticut.

Cemetery and Burial

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