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No other state provides more benefits for veterans than Wisconsin. Our state offers 23 benefits for our veterans while the next closest state offers 21.

In honor of Armed Forces Week, we will highlight many of them below.

Benefits Available to Wisconsin Veterans


  • Veteran Assisted Living & Skilled Nursing Facilities
    The state of Wisconsin operates veteran’s homes in Chippewa Falls, King and Union Grove – serving nearly 1,000 veterans and their spouses.


  • Wisconsin Veterans & Surviving Spouses Property Tax Credit
    Provides eligible veterans and surviving spouses a refundable property tax credit for their primary residence.
  • Income Tax Exemption
    All military retirement pay is tax free.


  • Transition Assistance for Veterans
    Veterans transitioning from active duty can contact WDVA for state-wide employment information to assist with workforce integration.
  • Veterans Preference
    Eligible veterans are entitled to extra points on state civil service examination, depending on their service and service-connected disability rating.
  • Veteran Employment Grant
    Incentive programs to support businesses hiring honorably discharged veterans with a 50% or more service-related disability.
  • Apprenticeship Training & Professional Licensure Fee Waiver Program


  • Wisconsin G.I. Bill
    Forgives full tuition and segregated fees for up to eight full-time semesters (128 credits) at any University of Wisconsin System or Wisconsin Technical College System school.
  • VetEd Education Grant
    Provides reimbursement of tuition and fees following successful course completion at an eligible UW, technical college, or approved private institution.


  • Disabled Veterans Fishing License
    Wisconsin disabled Veterans meeting disability requirements are eligible for a disabled Veteran reduced-fee fishing license.
  • Bear License for Purple Heart Recipients
    Residents and nonresident Purple Heart medal recipients are eligible to receive a one-time transfer of a Class A Bear license.
  • Conservation Patron License for Purple Heart Recipients
    Any resident Purple Heart recipient who exhibits proof is eligible to purchase a Conservation Patron license for $10. Nonresident Purple Heart recipients may purchase the license for $161.
  • Free Hunting or Fishing License for Returning Veterans
    Recently returning Wisconsin resident veterans may receive a one-time free small game, archery, gun deer or annual fishing license.
  • Military Free Fishing and Small Game Hunting License
    Any active duty Wisconsin resident who presents their military I. D. and leave papers is eligible for a free small game license, turkey permit, fishing and other hunting licenses and tags.
  • Active Duty Hunting, Trapping, and Fishing Licenses
    Non-Resident military members stationed in Wisconsin may receive licenses at the resident rate.
  • State Parks
    Disabled veterans with 70% or greater disability may receive waivers of vehicle admission and trail pass fees to Wisconsin state parks.

Other Benefits

  • Military Funeral Honors Program
    The Wisconsin Military Funeral Honors Program provides a final tribute to the men and women who served our state and nation honorably.
  • Wisconsin State Veterans Cemeteries
    Upon meeting eligibility standards, veterans are provided a burial at no cost.
  • State Veterans Museum
    Commemorates the role of Wisconsin veterans in the United States of America's military past.
  • Transportation to VA Medical Appointments
    The Wisconsin Department of the Disabled American Veterans operates several vans around the state that normally stop at predetermined locations and then transport to the various medical centers.
  • Veterans Court
    Recognizes that veterans in the criminal justice system face unique issues and provides resources to connect veterans with legal services.
  • Assistance to Needy Veterans Grant Program
    Provides limited financial assistance to those in need and who have exhausted all other sources of aid.

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*Last Updated: May 25, 2018