Veteran Benefits- State of Arizona

Employment Benefits

Does the State of Arizona offer an Employment Preference to Veterans for Civil Service?

Yes. Veterans who were honorably discharged and served at least six (6) months on active duty will have 5 points added to their passing score on the civil service examination for employment at the state, county or city level. Veterans who are eligible to receive compensation for a service-related disability shall have 10 points added to
their passing score. If the Veteran is missing in action, captured, died in the line of duty,
or as a result of a service-connected disability, or 100% service-connected disabled,
their spouse or surviving spouse may be eligible for 5-point preference on a passing

Can a Veteran receive credit for their Military Service for State Retirement in the State of Arizona?
Yes. If the Veteran was honorably discharged from service and is not receiving credit
for their system in another retirement system, they may received credit for past or future
active military service towards state retirement benefits.

Does the State of Arizona offer assistance to Veterans in finding and securing Employment?
Yes. The State of Arizona provides Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialists
and Local Veteran Employment Representatives at their One-Stop Career Centers
located throughout the state. They have also partnered with the Arizona Coalition for
Military Families in creating a Military/Veteran Employment Portal.

Military/Veteran Employment Portal
The Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services and the Arizona Coalition for Military
Families work together to connect service members, veterans, and their family members
to employment, education, and small business ownership opportunities. The partnership
has created the Military/Veteran Employment Portal which provides the following
• Build a competitive civilian resume that highlights skills service member acquired in
the military,
• Translate service member’s MOS, AFSC or Rating skill set and responsibilities into
civilian HR terms,
• Store and retrieve service members resumes and cover letters on an online
document storage system, and
• Automatically sends available jobs matching service member’s experience and
qualifications through a personalized job portal.

For more information, call the Arizona Military/Veteran Employment Resource Center at
(602) 267-3524, visit the Arizona Coalition for Military Families website, or stop by their
office at 1335 N. 52nd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85008.

One-Stop Career Centers
One-Stop Career Centers provide Veterans with job listings, job search assistance,
information on wages and employment trends, job referrals, !workshops, community
resources, and access to phones, the internet, printers fax or copy machines. Click here to
find your nearest Arizona One-Stop Career Center.

Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP): DVOP specialists provide
assessments, career guidance, employment plans, training and employment referrals to
help meet the employment needs of special disabled Veterans, disabled Veterans,
veterans and other eligible persons.

Local Veteran Employment Representative (LVER): LVER staff assist Veterans in
gaining and retaining employment through outreach to employers and hiring executives
to encourage the hiring of disabled Veterans and increase employment opportunities for
Veterans. In addition, they provide job search workshops for Veterans seeking
employment and facilitate Priority of Service in regards to employment, training and
placement services furnished to Veterans.

Visit the Arizona Department of Economic Security website to find the Veteran
Representative nearest you.

What does Veterans’ Priority of Service mean?
Veteran’s Priority of Service means that an eligible covered person will be given priority
of service for employment, training, and placement services over an eligible non-covered
person. If services are limited, a covered person has priority of services and receives
them before of or instead of a non-covered person. A covered person is defined as a
person who served in the military or National Guard or Reserve component and received
a discharge other than dishonorable. A covered person also includes the spouse of a
service member who is totally disabled was totally disabled and died for any reason,
died as a result of a service-connected injury, or has been listed as Missing in Action,
Captured in the Line of Duty, or Forcibly Detained in the line of duty for a total of more
Then 90 days.

Education Benefits

Does the State of Arizona offer Education Benefits to Veterans?
No. Education Benefits are only available to members of the Arizona National Guard.
However, the State of Arizona recently approved in-state tuition for Veterans moving to
Arizona to attend school. To receive in-state tuition, Veterans need to prove they are
living in the state, but do not need to meet the previous two-year requirement for tuition

Does the State of Arizona offer Education Benefits to Dependents or Survivors of Veterans?
No. The State of Arizona does not offer Education Benefits to dependents or survivors
of Veterans.

What are the Tuition and Fees Deferred Payments available in the State of Arizona?
Veterans or their eligible dependents who applied for educational benefits under the G.I.
Bill, Post 9/11-G.I. Bill, or other eligible education benefits at state-supported Colleges
or Universities may defer payments on tuition, books and fees for up to 120 days with
no interest charged while waiting for their educational benefits to fund. If benefits have
not been received after 120 days, an extension may be granted until benefits are

Does the State of Arizona have any Colleges or Universities designated as a
Veteran Supportive Campus?
Yes. Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Arizona
are all designated Arizona Veterans Supportive Campuses. A Veteran Supportive
Campus means that the University or College has:
• Surveyed student Veterans to identify needs, issues, and suggestions,
• Established a committee on campus of student Veterans, faculty and staff to
ensure that the campus culture integrates and identifies the real needs of student
• Provided sensitivity and awareness training on military and Veterans’ culture to
faculty and staff. Topics should include issues such as traumatic brain injury, post
traumatic stress disorder, mental and physical disabilities, suicide and hypervigilance,
• Established student Veteran orientation programs, including student Veteran
guides, an optional student Veteran orientation session and an optional course on
Veteran issues taught by a Veteran or trained volunteer,
• Established peer mentoring and support programs for student Veterans,
• Developed and implemented outreach strategies to local military bases,
• Implemented one-stop resource and study centers exclusive to student Veterans,
their families and student family members of Armed Force members currently
deployed, and
• Collaborated with the community to promote private sector support through
financial and in-kind gifts in support of Veteran’s Resources Centers.

What is the Troops to Teachers Program?
Troops to Teachers is a a national program that assists eligible military personnel in
transitioning into a new career as a public school teacher in “high-need” schools.
Troops to Teachers candidates must meet all of the state teacher certification
requirements for the state where they desire to teach. A network of state offices
provides participants with counseling and assistance regarding certification
requirements, employment leads and job referrals. Depending on available funds,
participants may receive $5,000 to help pay for certification costs and a bonus of
$10,000 to teach in areas with a high percentage of students from low-income families.
For more information on opportunities in the State of Arizona or to apply, visit the Troops
to Teachers Zone 5

Other Benefits

State Tax Exemption
Members of the Armed Forces of the United States are not taxed on any incomes
earned while serving in a combat zone. In addition, federal payments for civil service,
military retirement or survivor benefits are exempt up to $2,500 per year in the State of

Property Tax Exemption
A disabled Veteran may receive a property tax exemption of $3,000 on their primary
residence if the total assessed value does not exceed $10,000. The total assessed
value does not include the value of any vehicle. The exemption applies independently
to the assessed valuation determined for primary property tax purposes and for
secondary property tax purposes. For more information, contact your county tax
assessor office.

Vehicle License and Registration Fee Exemption
Veterans who are certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as 100% service connected disabled and are receiving compensation are exempt from license tax and
registration fees in the State of Arizona on their personally owned vehicle.

Vehicle License Plates
Veteran Arizona residents who are recipients of the Medal of Honor may apply for a
distinctive license plate free of charge at their local Department of Transportation. Other
speciality plates, including Prisoner of War, Purple Heart, Pearl Harbor Surviovor,
National Guard or Veteran are available for an initial fee and minimum renewal fee. To
learn more, visit the Arizona Department of Transportation-Plates website.

State Parks
Active military service members and their families receive 50% off the regular Day Use
fee at Arizona State Parks, excluding Kartchner Caverns tour tickets or camping fees.
A complimentary “Disabled Veterans Annual Day Use Pass” to Arizona State Parks is
offered by the state of Arizona to Veterans who are rated 100% permanently disabled by
the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The pass covers the park entrance fee at all
27 Arizona State Parks and provides Veterans with day use access. Eligible Veterans
can request an application by calling Arizona State Park’s central office at (800)
285-3703 or completing a registration form online at the Arizona State Parks website.

Hunting and Fishing Licenses
Members of the United States Armed Forces stationed in the state of Arizona on active
duty are eligible for resident hunting and fishing licenses. Veterans who are 70
years or older who have been residents of Arizona for at least 25 years are eligible for
complimentary hunting and fishing licenses. Veterans who have been residents of the
state of Arizona for at least one year and have been certified by the U.S. Department of
Veterans Affairs as 100% service-connected disabled are also eligible to received
complimentary hunting and fishing licenses. Contact your nearest Department of Game
and Fish office or visit the Arizona Game and Fish Department website for more

Professional and Occupational Licenses
Funeral directors, embalmers or apprentice embalmers who serve in the United States
Armed Forces during a time of war are exempt from paying renewal license fees for six
months following discharge from the Armed Forces or for the duration of the war and six
months thereafter.

DD-214 Recording Program
Veterans may record their military discharge DD-214 Form with any county recorder in
the State of Arizona free of charge. This is recommended as most of the requests
Veteran offices receive pertains to locating or obtaining a copy of a Veteran’s DD-214
Form. Once it is recorded, Veterans will be able to quickly obtain copies when needed.

Arizona Military Family Relief Fund
Active duty service members, Post 9/11 Veterans, and Arizona Service members, or
members of any of their families with a financial hardship that occurred during a
deployment, or is caused, related or contributed to by deployment may apply for up to
$20,000 of financial assistance from the Arizona Military Family Relief Fund. In order to
qualify, Service Members and Post 9/11 Veterans must be or have been deployed to a
designated combat zone after September 11, 2001, declared Arizona as home of
recored when entering the Armed Forces or deploying with the Arizona National Guard
or Arizona military installation, and clearly demonstrate that the financial need was
caused by their deployment and service. For more information, visit the Arizona
Department of Veterans Services, call (602) 234-8403 or visit the Arizona Department of
Veterans‘ Services Arizona Military Family Relief Fund website.

Veteran Homes
The State of Arizona offers two State Veteran Homes located in Phoenix and Tuscon
available to honorably separated Veterans, their spouses or widows/widowers, and Gold
Star parents. National Guard and Reservists who served at least 180 continuous days
active duty military are also eligible. All applicants must be referred by a physician as
requiring skilled nursing care.

Phoenix Arizona State Veteran Home– Arizona’s Phoenix State Veteran Home is
located next to the Administration Medical Center and Steele Indian School Park in
Phoenix and provides for the rehabilitative and long term care needs of Arizona’s
Veterans. It has 200 beds: 150 dedicated to long term care, 25 to a memory care unit
and 25 to a Medicare/Rehab focused unit. For more information, visit the Phoenix,
Arizona State Veteran Home

Tuscon State Veteran Home– Arizona’s Tuscon State Veteran Home is located
adjacent to the Southern Arizona VA Hospital and provides a 120 bed skilled facility
offering private rooms, full baths, and selective dining in a homey environment. For
more information, visit the Tuscon, Arizona State Veteran Home website.

Burial Benefits
Arizona’s National Memorial Cemetery is located on 145 acres in Phoenix, Arizona.
Veterans with an other than dishonorable discharge are eligible for burial at no charge
and may select either a columbaria niche, which includes an inscribed granite niche
marker, or a full-casket in-ground burial, which includes a concrete crypt liner and an
inscribed, upright grave marker. Spouses and certain dependents are also eligible for
burial for a nominal fee. Visit the Arizona Department of Veteran Affairs-Cemetery
website for a brochure and application.

Veterans Benefits Counselors
The State of Arizona has Veteran Benefits Counselors available to assist Veterans in
processing and appealing their benefits. To learn more and find the Veteran Benefit
Counselor nearest you, visit the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services- Benefits

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