The state of Alaska provides several veteran benefits. This page offers a brief description of those benefits.
Alaska Veteran Housing Benefits
Veterans Land Discount/Purchase Preference
Under the Veterans Land Sale Preference, before offering to the general public any unoccupied residential land by auction, a veteran has the exclusive opportunity purchase the land at a restricted sale at fair appraised market value.
Also, the Veterans Land Discount program allows qualified veterans a 25% discount on the purchase price of state residential/recreational land. The discount may be used only once during the veteran's lifetime.
Veterans Housing and Residential Loans
The Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) administers the Veterans Mortgage Program which offers financing for qualified veterans at low interest rates. Those on active duty may also qualify.
Loans require little or no down payment and usually have lower interest rates interest. Qualified veterans can receive a one percent interest rate reduction on the first $50,000 of the loan amount. There are income limits.
Alaska State Tax Benefits
Property Tax Exemptions
Veterans who have a VA or military disability of 50 percent or more are exempt from taxes on the first $150,000.00 of assessed value of their home. The exemption transfers to a spouse if the veteran passes away and the spouse is at least 60 years of age.
Alaska Veteran Employment Benefits
Military Credit for State Retirement
If you are an Alaska state employee you may be able to buy in up to five years of military time to increase your state retirement benefit.
State Employment Preference for Veterans
A veteran or national guard member may be entitled to a 5 percent point preference when applying for a state government job if they meet all other qualifications. A disabled veteran or former POW is entitled to 10 percent point preference.
Waiver of Commercial Driving Skills Test
The DMV may waive the commercial motor vehicle driving test for certain drivers with recent military commercial motor vehicle experience.
Alaska Veteran Education Benefits
Free Tuition for Surviving Spouse or Dependent
The surviving spouse or dependent of a military member who died in the line of duty or who was listed by the DOD as a POW is entitled to a waiver of undergraduate tuition and fees at the University of Alaska, residency required.
Alaska Veteran Recreation Benefits
Alaska Railroad Discount
The Alaska Railroad offers a 20% discount to active duty, military retirees and dependents. ID showing proof of status must be shown at boarding.
Alaska Marine Highway System
A reduced fare pass is available for travel on Alaska Marine Highway System vessels for veterans having a service-connected veteran's disability. The pass entitles the veteran and an attendant (if required by physician) to travel at half price. Reduced fare does not include vehicle or stateroom. The pass is valid for travel between Alaskan ports, year-round.
Hunting and Fishing Licenses for Active Duty
Active duty members stationed in Alaska and their dependents can get hunting and fishing licenses at the resident rate.
National guard and Alaska military reserves can get free hunting and fishing licenses.
Disabled Veteran Hunting and Fishing License
Disabled veteran hunting and sport fishing licenses are available free to Alaska resident veterans with at least a 50 percent disability and an honorable discharge. Applicants must have lived in Alaska for 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the application.
State Camping Pass for Disabled Veterans
Disabled veterans can get one Alaska State Park Camping Pass for free. The camping pass is good in all developed Alaska State Park campgrounds for two years.
Visit the Alaska State VA website to get more details about any of these programs.
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