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.
We hope people around the state will join us in thanking Wisconsin’s sailors, marines, soldiers, airmen & members of the Coast Guard serving in our armed forces. #ArmedForcesDay pic.twitter.com/pAalGHAlEx
— Governor Walker (@GovWalker) May 19, 2018
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.
- 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.
For more information, visit http://dva.state.wi.us/Pages/benefitsClaims/BenefitsandClaims.aspx
*Last Updated: May 25, 2018