HAWAII STATE VETERANS BENEFITS
We endeavor to keep this information current, but it is subject to change without notice.
HAWAII EMPLOYMENT VETERANS PREFERENCE
Hawaii adds preference points to applicant’s examination scores when they apply for competitive state positions. Veterans without disabilities get 5 points and those with disabilities have 10 points added to their final scores.
HAWAII VETERAN FINANCIAL BENEFITS
The Aloha State does not tax military retirement pay.
Property Tax Exemptions
Totally disabled Veterans do not pay any real property taxes on their personal residences.
Special Housing for Disabled Veterans
The State will pay up to $5,000 to an eligible Veteran to buy a home or remodel it for handicapped accessibility. The Veteran must be a 100% disabled Hawaiian resident to qualify.
HAWAII VETERAN RECREATION BENEFITS
Armed Forces personnel and their dependents serving on active duty in Hawaii can obtain a hunting license under the same criteria and rates as local residents.
HAWAII STATE VETERANS HOME
The State of Hawaii operates one skilled nursing home for certain Veterans who were honorably discharged. The Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home in Hilo receives eligible Veterans – and their spouses on a space available basis – under certain conditions. The Veteran must be eligibility requirements for the VA, including being 55 years or older, and require skilled nursing services. The veteran must pay costs not covered by Medicare or the VA.
HAWAII STATE VETERANS CEMETERIES
Veterans, spouses, and some dependents may be buried in one of Hawaii’s eight veteran cemeteries for a small fee in some cases. The state cemeteries are in: Makawao, Lihue, Lanai City, Kauna Kakai, Kaneohe, Kailua-Kona and there’s two in Hilo.
You can find more information regarding these benefits and other programs at the State of Hawaii Office of Veterans’ Services website.