The state of Utah provides several veteran benefits. This page explains those benefits.
Utah Veterans Homes
Utah has four veterans homes in Ivins, Ogden, Payson, and Salt Lake City. All honorably discharged veterans are eligible for admission, wartime veterans get preference.
Spouses or surviving spouses may also qualify for admission.
There may be a cost for care.
Utah Veterans Financial Benefits
Beginning in 2021, military retired pay and Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) payments are tax free.
Property Tax Abatement
Disabled veterans qualify for a reduction in property tax. The maximum reduction in your home's appraised value is $275,699, this changes every year. Multiply this by your disability percentage to determine your appraised value reduction. Surviving spouses may also be eligible.
Armed Forces Property Tax Exemption
Active duty and reserve members with at least 200 days active service may qualify for a total exemption from real property tax. You get the reduction in the year after your service.
Purple Heart Fee Exemption
Purple Heart recipients are exempt from motor vehicle license and registration fees: automobile driver education fee; motor vehicle registration fee; license plate issuance fees; uninsured motorist identification fee; and local option transportation corridor preservation fee. The only fee due is property tax or age-based fee.
Utah Veteran Employment Programs
Veterans Job Preference
Honorably discharged veterans seeking state, county, municipal or other local government jobs can get 5 points added to their employment test score. Disabled veterans can get 10 points.
Eligible spouses and unremarried surviving spouses may be entitled to the same percentage as the veteran.
CDL Driving Skills Test Waiver
Utah may waive the driving skills tests for veterans applying for a CDL if they meet the licensing qualifications, were honorably discharged in the last 90 days and have operated a commercial vehicle in the last two years.
Accelerated Credentialing to Employment (ACE) Program
The ACE Program is designed to assist Utah veterans, actively drilling members of the Guard and Reserve and their respective spouses, overcome barriers to employment or better employment by assisting them in attaining certificates and licenses using their military training and experience or by assisting with short-term training.
Utah Veteran Education Assistance Programs
Tuition Waiver for Purple Heart Recipients
Purple Heart recipients are eligible for a tuition waiver at all state colleges.
Scott B Lundell Tuition Waiver for Military Members' Surviving Dependents
Surviving dependents of service members killed in action on or after Sep. 11, 2001 are eligible for a tuition waiver at state schools.
Veterans Tuition Gap Program
Veterans who use up all their Post-9/11 GI Bill may be eligible to get their tuition for the last year of a degree program waived by the state.
Utah Veteran Recreation Benefits
Disabled Veteran Fishing License
Utah disabled Veterans with 20% or more disability may be eligible for discounted fishing licenses.
Disabled Veteran State Park Admission
Honorably discharged Utah resident veterans with a VA disability of 50% or more are eligible for an Honor Pass which gives free access to all state parks for the qualified veteran and up to 7 guests in the same private vehicle.
Utah Veterans Cemetery
The Utah state veterans cemetery is located in Bluffdale. The cemetery generally follows the eligibility requirements of VA National Cemetery System. Reservists and National Guard retirees are eligible for burial also.
Surviving spouses and dependent children are also eligible for burial.
There is no fee for the veteran and a small fee for dependents.
Visit the Utah Department of Veterans Affairs website for more information on any of these programs.
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