Benefits in my Backyard: Nevada

It’s pronounced “Nev-ADD-ah” not “Nev-AH-dah”

Jonathan Kaupanger
April 20, 2018 - 12:25 pm



Just over a quarter of a million veterans live in Nevada.  This landlocked state has a dubious statistic: about 60,000 pounds of shrimp is consumed every day in Las Vegas.  Hard hats were first invented in 1933 specifically for workers on the Hoover Dam.   And so you know, it’s illegal to drive a camel on any highway in this state!


There is no personal income tax in Nevada.

  • Veterans Tax Exemption.  Available to any veteran with wartime service.  Take a copy of your DD214 or discharge papers to your local county assessor’s office.  The exemption may be applied to either a veteran’s vehicle privilege tax or real property tax. 
  • Disabled Veteran Tax Exemption.  For any veteran with a service-connected disability of 60 percent or more. The amount available varies between $6,250 to $20,000 of the assessed value, depending on the percentage of disability and the year filed.  An honorable discharge is required.  This benefit may be passed to the widow or widower of a disabled veteran. This may be applied to vehicle or personal property tax.  Contact your local county assessor’s office for more information.



  • Veterans receive preference points when testing for open and open non-promotional examinations for state jobs.  You will need an honorable discharge.
    • 10 points: disabled veterans with written proof of a service-connected disability
    • 5 points: veterans with honorable discharge, unremarried surviving spouse of veteran.



  • Fishing/Hunting licenses.  The state issues free hunting and fishing licenses to any honorably separated veteran with a service-connected disability of 50 percent or more. 
  • Admission to State Parks.   A disabled veteran’s permit is issued to state veterans who can show proof of a permanent service-connected disability of 10 percent or more for $30.  An honorable discharge is required.  The permit provides the holder with unlimited entrance to all parks and use of camping and boat launch facilities for 12 months after the date the permit is issued.


  • Nevada State Veterans Home.  Potential residents must complete the admission application and provide documentation of state residency, status as a military veteran, veteran spouse or Gold Star parent.

Cemetery and Burial

  • Veterans residing in the state are eligible to receive certain end of life benefits. There are two state cemeteries for veterans, Northern Nevada and Southern Nevada.
  • 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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