Veteran Benefits

There is a wide variety of benefits available to veterans and their families in Vermont.  Benefits that were created to help veterans make their transition from the military to a civilian career are listed in the Transition section. 

Disability Benefits

The federal government provides assistance to veterans with disabilities through various programs operated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Social Security Administration.  These programs can provide monthly income and access to additional benefits. 

Special Disability Information for Vietnam Veterans, Former POWs, Veterans Exposed to Radiation, Recent Separatees, and Gulf War Veterans

Veterans in these categories have special systems in place to help with their unique challenges.

Emergency Financial Assistance

Low income Vermont veterans without the funds to take care of their critical life needs can receive temporary financial assistance from various state and local programs.  These programs won't cure long term financial difficulties, but they can help prevent a financial problem from becoming a crisis.

Survivor and Family Benefits

The surviving family members of veterans or military personnel who die may be eligible for various benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the state.  These include various pensions and education benefits.  In addition, the families of military personnel wounded in the Global War on Terror are also eligible for financial assistance. 

Mortuary and Burial Benefits

Programs provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the state honor deceased veterans and military members through financial assistance and burial benefits.  These include the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery, grave markers, and financial assistance for burials. 

Tax Exemptions

Some veterans are eligible to receive discounts on their property taxes and fees at the Department of Motor Vehicles. 

Recognition

Vermont understands that we must show those who have defended our nation our appreciation for their service and sacrifice.  These include medals, license plates, and high school diplomas. 

Home and Vehicle Modification

Various programs provide help to disabled veterans who need to have their home or vehicle modified to accommodate their disability. 

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Sometimes the benefits that can best help a veterans and their family are those not specifically created for veterans.  To talk with a benefits specialist to find out what is available in your area, regardless of who provides the benefit, just dial 2-1-1 for a free call that is available 24 hours a day.