From tax exemptions to tuition refunds, Virginia wants to support veterans

Kaylah Jackson
January 23, 2019 - 3:37 pm

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In Virginia, 100 percent disabled veterans can enjoy a property tax exemption but as the state with the eighth largest veteran population, the Commonwealth is looking to do more. Along with making 100 percent disabled veterans exempt from state and local income taxes when it comes to their military retirement pay, here is a list of other bills that could impact you.

Car and truck tax exemption - Allows 100 percent service-connect disabled veterans with a car or truck to be exempt from paying state and local taxes.

Sick leave - Veterans with 60 percent or more disability rating will get an additional 96 hours of sick leave, either during the 12 months following such the start or return to state employment after active duty or following a disability rating decision from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, whichever is later. Sick leave can only be used when undergoing medical treatment.

Public Tuition Refunds - Requires each college and university to refund tuition and fees to student veterans who were forced to withdraw due to a service-related medical condition during the semester.

Free museum entry – Establishes a Disabled Veteran’s State Museum Passport program for veterans with a 50 percent or higher disability rating. This would allow eligible veterans to enter state museums and other cultural institutions without paying parking or admission fees.

Driver’s License – Requires the DMV to waive certain required knowledge and skill tests for commercial learners permit or commercials driver’s license for veterans and active duty.

Prosthetics - Requires health insurers, corporations providing health care coverage subscription contracts, and health maintenance organizations to provide coverage for certain prosthetic devices. However, this only applies to policies, contracts, and plans delivered, issued for delivery, or renewed on or after January 1, 2020, or at any time thereafter when any term of the policy, contract, or plan is changed or any premium adjustment.

Dependents - Extends benefits of the Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Education Program to the spouse or child of all veterans who served in the Armed Forces of the United States, Reserves of the Armed Forces of the United States, or the Virginia National Guard with at least a 90 percent permanent, service-related disability.

Special license plates - Veteran recipients of the Navy and Marine Corps medal and unmarried surviving spouses can have a special plate with their award notation.

TBI – At the request of the veteran and with signed documentation for their doctor, the DMV is required to designate traumatic brain injury on the individual’s license.

State Active Duty pay - Requires all members of the Virginia National Guard who are called into state active duty to be paid an amount of at least an E-6 with more than 18 years of service. 

Education grants – Changes eligibility for Virginia National Guard education grant from two to three years of remaining service obligation.

To find out more information about taxed income and other veterans benefits, click here and find your state for a list of benefits that unique to your region.

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