Benefits in my Backyard: Louisiana

Snakes are not allowed within 200 yards of the Mardi Gras parade route.

Jonathan Kaupanger
April 20, 2018 - 12:35 pm

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Just under 300,000 veterans call the Bayou State home.  There are quite a few “Capital’s” in this state; St. Martin Parish is the Crawfish Capital, Rayne has the most frogs, Mamou is home to the Cajun music capital, and Gueydan is the Duck Capital.  It was a Louisiana chef who gave the world the first Turducken and the phrase “Let the good times roll” started in New Orleans.

Taxes

Military retirement benefits are exempt from Louisiana state tax. 

  • Homestead Exemption.  Veterans with a 100 percent, service-connected disability are exempt from property tax as long as they own and reside in their residence.  This exemption also applies to the surviving spouse of disabled veterans, if the exemption was in effect on the property before the death of the veteran.
  • Combat Pay Exception.  Military pay that’s exempt from federal tax is also exempt from Louisiana state tax.  Examples include combat or hazardous duty pay.

Education

  • Military training towards education/certification credits.  The state recognizes that military training often applies to the civilian workforce.  Apply at your nearest Veterans Parish Service Office.
  • In-State tuition status is granted to veterans and active-duty military who want to attend state college or university.  Some eligibility requirements apply.  Apply at your nearest Veterans Parish Service Office.
  • Louisiana Title 29 Dependents’ Educational Assistance offers help to surviving spouses of deceased veterans as well as children of veterans rated with 90 percent or more.  Children of veterans rated with a 100 percent service-connected disability due to unemployability may use this also. Apply at your nearest Veterans Parish Service Office.
  • Survivors and Dependents Education (Chapter 35) gives education and training to dependents of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition or who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition. Apply at your nearest Veterans Parish Service Office.

Career

  • Veterans receive preference points when testing for open and open non-promotional examinations for state jobs.
  • Disabled Veterans with 30 percent or more service-connected disability may be hired directly.
    • 10 points: veterans with written proof of a service-connected disability
    • 5 points: veterans with honorable discharge.
  • Veteran's Corner.  This program helps veterans find employment in the Lafayette/Acadiana area.  The primary duty of this program is to bring employers and veterans together.

Family

Entertainment

  • Fishing/Hunting licenses.  Active-duty members may purchase a hunting license at the same price as state residents.  Veterans with a 50 percent or more disability may be eligible for a free license. 

Housing

  • Veterans Homes.  There are five state run homes for veterans in Louisiana.  Veterans, their spouses and Gold Star parents are eligible for admission into the homes if they meet basic qualifying criteria

Cemetery and Burial

  • Veterans residing in the state are eligible to receive certain end of live benefits.  There are four Veterans Cemeteries across the state.
  • 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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