NORTH CAROLINA STATE VETERAN BENEFITS
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NORTH CAROLINA EDUCATION BENEFITS
Scholarship for Children of Wartime Veterans
This scholarship program provides eight academic semesters with financial assistance to North Carolina residents 25 or under, who are the natural or adopted child of certain wartime Veterans. The qualifying Veteran must have been a resident of the State when he or she entered military service and must have served during an officially recognized period of war.
If the dependent is eligible under this program, the child has eight years to use the scholarship at North Carolina schools. Some approved private schools may qualify, but compensation will differ. Additional requirements and restrictions may apply.
Relaxed Residency Requirements for Out-Of-State GI Bill Users
Veterans who would not otherwise qualify for in-state rates because of the residency requirement also receive the benefit of being able to pay tuition at the in-state rate. The regular, 12-month residency requirement may be waived for qualifying spouses and children of active duty service members using certain GI Bill benefits as well if their intent is to establish residency in the State.
NORTH CAROLINA STATE EMPLOYMENT BENEFITS
North Carolina offers a hiring preference for civil service jobs in state government to wartime veterans and the spouses of disabled veterans. Also, potentially eligible to receive a hiring preference are the surviving spouses of disabled veterans who pass on from their service-connected disabilities, or the surviving spouses of military members killed in the line of active duty.
NORTH CAROLINA VETERAN FINANCIAL BENEFITS
The Tar Heel State does not tax military retirement pay if you served at least 5 years creditable military service by August 12, 1989.
North Carolina veterans rated by the VA as 100% permanently and totally disabled may be eligible for up to a $45,000 reduction in the assessed value of their home. The reduction in assessed value is for property tax reasons only, and veterans must be honorably discharged to receive it.
If a surviving spouse is receiving Dependency and Indemnity Compensation from the VA, he or she qualifies for the property tax deduction benefit as well.
NORTH CAROLINA VETERAN RECREATION BENEFITS
Hunting and Fishing Licenses
- Disabled veterans who have a VA disability rating of at least 50% can purchase a lifetime state hunting or fishing license for $10 to $110. Price depends on the type of lifetime license desired
- Resident active military members not stationed in the state do not need to purchase a permit to hunt, fish or trap when they are home on leave for less than 30 days
- Active duty personnel assigned in North Carolina, and their families, are permitted to purchase fishing and hunting licenses by paying the resident rate
NORTH CAROLINA STATE VETERANS HOMES
North Carolina administers four state veterans’ homes with a nursing home capacity of 449 beds:
- Black Mountain – 100 beds, private rooms
- Fayetteville – 150 bed facility with semi-private rooms available for an additional fee
- Kinston – 100 beds, private rooms
- Salisbury – 99 bed facility with semi-private rooms available for an additional fee
These North Carolina nursing homes accept resident veterans who are disabled and are referred by their health care professionals or by the VA, subject of course to space and the facility’s ability to care for the Veterans. There is a fee and you can learn more by talking to the individual facility.
NORTH CAROLINA STATE VETERANS CEMETERIES
In addition to hosting several national veterans’ cemeteries, North Caroline operates four state ones where honorably discharged North Carolina veterans can be laid to rest at no charge. Families pay a small fee to intern the spouses of eligible veterans. The cemeteries are:
- Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery – Black Mountain
- Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery – Jacksonville
- Eastern Carolina State Veterans Cemetery – Goldsboro
- Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery – Spring Lake/Fort Bragg
You can find more information regarding these benefits and other programs at the North Carolina Department of Military and Veterans Affairs website.