Nevada State Veteran Benefits


We endeavor to keep this information current, but it is subject to change without notice.


Nevada National Guard

Active resident guard members choosing to pursue a degree can have tuition and lab fees waived by the University of Nevada. If a resident Guard member dies in the line of duty, his or her surviving spouse or dependent child may also have their tuition waived by the University. The waiver is good once the child turns 18 and is good for 10 years. Likewise, the surviving spouse has a decade to use the waiver, starting on the date of the Guard member’s death.

Special Grant for Dependents

Active duty military who die in the line of duty while permanently stationed in Nevada may earn their dependents a financial aid grant.  Since this is a grant, no monies need to be repaid. 


Nevada has a couple of unique features in their Veterans hiring preference program for state jobs. 

  • If they pass a state employment exam, Veterans with other-than-dishonorable discharges and surviving spouses of a military killed in the line-of-duty can have ten points added to their scores
  • National Guard members and other surviving spouses are eligible for five points
  • The state requires non-disabled veterans to represent at least 22% of the interview pool for open jobs
  • The state guarantees an interview to qualified disabled veterans


Veterans Tax Exemption

Veterans who had wartime service and who are residents of the state may apply for an annual tax exemption to apply to either real property tax or the vehicle privilege tax. If you choose, you can offer to give the amount of your exempted tax to the Nevada Veterans’ Home Account instead. Since many factors are involved, you will need to contact the county assessor to determine the dollar amount this benefit equals for you.

Disabled Veteran Tax Exemption

With slight modification, Nevada offers the same exemption to qualifying disabled veterans. They do not need wartime service to qualify but they must have a service-connected disability rating of at least 60%. They also choose between a property tax exemption or vehicle tax exemption. A surviving spouse might also qualify. The county assessor has more information.


Hunting & Fishing Licenses

The State of Nevada Wildlife Division offers discounted sporting licenses to veterans who are service-connected for at least 50% disability and have an honorable discharge. They will give a discounted combo hunting and fishing license to Nevada active duty residents who are stationed outside the state when they are home on leave.

State Park Admission

Nevada veterans showing proof of an honorable discharge and a permanent 10 percent disability (or more) receive an annual, renewable pass card allowing free entrance for state parks, camping, and boat launch facilities. They pay only a low renewal fee to keep the card active every year.  


Qualifying resident veterans needing skilled nursing care (providing medical needs are within the capabilities of staff to meet and they do not exhibit dangerous traits) may be admitted to veterans’ homes in Sparks and Boulder City. Veterans who can prove they were Nevada residents at the time of their enlistment could also be eligible, as well as eligible veteran spouses and gold star parents. There is a cost for care.


The Silver State operates two veterans’ cemeteries for the benefit of its eligible veterans. Families may choose between internment in Fernley or Boulder City. The eligible veteran receives his or her plot or vault and the opening and closing of the gravesite for free.   Qualifying spouses or dependents who are buried there incur a small fee. 



You can find more information regarding these benefits and other programs at the Nevada Department of Veterans Services website.