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Monday, December 10, 2018

What Veteran's Benefits Are Available in California?

In addition to Federal Veteran’s Benefits, California offers a number of state-sponsored benefits for veterans in California. It may not always be easy to find these benefits, or understand exactly what to do when you find them, so talking with a California public benefits lawyer may be helpful, especially if you find that you have been denied for some reason.

Here is a quick guide to veteran’s benefits available to California resident veterans who have been honorably-discharged.

  1. Veteran’s Property Tax Exemptions – for honorably-discharged veterans, or the parents and spouses of deceased veterans, California offers a $4,000 exemption for homes or personal property. Asset limits apply.

  2. CalVet Farm and Home Loans – California offers honorably discharged veterans with highly-competitive loans for homes and farm properties – they even include great earthquake and disaster coverage to protect your investment.

  3. Veterans Homes – veterans over the age of 55, and disabled or homeless veterans of any age in need of long-term care can apply for residency in a California veteran’s home.

  4. Low-Income Housing – Veterans in need of housing may obtain low-income housing through the Veterans Housing and Homelessness Prevention Program.

  5. California Military Family Relief Fund – California National Guard members and their families who are impacted by deployment and mobilization may obtain short-term financial assistance through this program.

  6. California Tuition Waivers – all California State Universities, California Community Colleges, and University of California campuses offer waivers of tuition and fees for veterans and certain family members or registered domestic partners. With four different types of eligibility criteria, it may be useful to talk with a veterans benefits specialist to determine which option is right for you.

  7. DMV Fee Waivers – available only to ex-POWs, Medal of Honor recipients and certain permanently and totally disabled veterans, DMV registration and license fees may be waived for one personal vehicle (including a motorcycle) or commercial vehicle weighing less than 8001 pounds (unladen).

  8. Business Tax, License and Fee Waivers – veterans wishing to start a business selling goods from a fixed location may receive a waiver for business license fees from municipalities, counties and states.

  9. Park Passes and Fishing License Discounts – veterans with a 50% or more disability connected with their service may receive a free pass to California state parks and reduced fees on fishing and hunting licenses. Ex-POWs and Medal of Honor recipients also may receive these benefits.

  10. No-Cost Burial Services – California veterans may receive no-cost burial at any of the three California veteran’s cemeteries. Spouses and dependents may also be buried for only $500. 

Additional benefits, such as mental health benefits, medical care, and advocacy, are also available to veterans who meet specific requirements. For more information on these benefits and more, head over to the California Department of Veterans Affairs. If you need assistance in obtaining veteran benefits that you feel you have been wrongly excluded from, schedule a consult with the California public benefits lawyers at the Law Offices of Berge & Berge today. 

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