Updated: Nov 14, 2020
Alabama Veterans Education Benefits
Alabama G.I.Dependent Scholarship Program
Alabama offers qualified military dependents of disabled veterans, including certain qualifying military spouses, scholarship equivalent of up to five academic years, or ten semesters at any state-supported college or other higher learning institutes in Alabama. The program includes all Alabama state technical colleges.
The qualifications include Alabama residency and the actual amount of the scholarships will depend on the rate of disVA-rated disability percentage and as of July 31, 2017., The tuition amount is the Department of Defense Tuition Assistance Cap. Textbook expenses and fees are capped at $10,000 per student per semester.
All other scholarships or grants must be applied to the student's educational expenses first. The Alabama G.I. Dependents' Scholarship
will handle any remaining charges.
An individual should meet the requirements designated to qualify as a dependent. A dependent should be a child, spouse, or a widow or widower ( must not have remarried) of the veteran.
Military Service: The veteran must have had a minimum of 90 days on active duty or had been honorably discharged because of a service-connected disability before completing 90 days of continuous active national military service.
Disability Requirements: Beginning July 31, 2017, a disability must be rated 40% or more, and disability must be service-connected. If you have a 20-30% disability and your rating was assigned on or before July 31, 2017, you may qualify. This provision will expire on July 31, 2023. Dependents of POW's and military members declared MIA also qualify as do dependents of service members who died in the line of duty or because of a service-connected disability.
Alabama National Guard Education Assistance Program (ANGEAP)
(ANGEAP) offers tuition assistance to eligible National Guard Service members. The award amount is currently $5406 per semester, with 10% of all monies reserved for graduate-level studies. The awarded money will only cover a student's balance after all other V.A. benefits have been applied.
College Credit for Military Experience
Colleges in Alabama can offer college credits for training and experience gained during military service. Military members, currently serving and veterans can apply to receive credit towards a degree for military education and training related to their service. Students should contact the college they will attend and learn about that school’s documentation requirements.
Tuition Waivers for Purple Heart Recipients
Purple Heart recipients may be eligible for tuition and fee waivers. Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs suggests contacting individual colleges to apply for this benefit.
Operation Recognition – High School Diplomas for Qualifying Veterans
Alabama residents who interrupted their high school education to enter the military, and who did not have the opportunity to graduate, could be eligible to receive their high school diploma. Veterans who meet the qualifications, including an honorable discharge and having served during the dates below, should contact their high school principal’s office to make arrangements to receive the diploma.
● December 7, 1941 – January 1, 1946
● June 27, 1950 – January 31, 1955
● November 15, 1961 – March 28, 1973
Alabama Veteran’s Housing Benefits
There are Four Veterans Homes in Alabama
● Huntsville, Alabama-Floyd E. “Tut” Fann State Veterans Home
● Alexander City, Alabama- Bill Nichols State Veterans Home
● Pell City, Alabama-Colonel Robert L Howard State Veterans Home
● Bay Minette, Alabama- William F. Green State Veterans Home
To Find out how to apply, click on your location on this site.
Medical Services Available at Veterans Homes Depending on Location
● 24-hour Nursing Care
● On-Site Occupational and Physical Therapy
● Pharmacy Services
You must be an Alabama resident for the 12 months before applying, be honorably discharged, had at least 90 days of active duty, and at least one year of your service must have been during wartime. If you did not serve during wartime, you might be admitted under certain circumstances if space is available.
Within 90 days of submitting your application, you will receive a medical exam for admission. Specific mental health may prevent access to a Veterans' home.
Alabama Veteran’s Financial Benefits
Tax Breaks for Alabama Veterans
● Military Retirement Pay – an Alabama law, exempts all military retirement pay from income taxes as of January 1, 1989.
● Combat Pay Tax Exemption – “money paid by the United States to a person as compensation for active service as a member of the Armed Forces of the United States in a combat zone.”
● Ad Valorem Tax Exemption – up to 160 acres of land and the home situated upon it may be exempt from Ad Valorem tax if the owner is permanently 100% disabled, 65 or older, and meets income requirements.
● Tax Exemption For Veteran/Surviving Spouse Homes Purchased Under The Specially Adapted Housing Grant – a home purchase under the Specially Adapted Housing Grant law (Public Law 702) “shall be exempt, as long as the same is owned and occupied as a home by the veteran or his/her un-remarried widow/er."
● Disabled Combat Veterans’ Vehicle Tax Exemptions – this exemption applies to disabled veterans of World War II or “any hostilities in which the United States was, is or shall be engaged against any foreign state” who owns a vehicle paid in part or in full by funds provided by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Such vehicles are eligible for tax exemptions for all fees, ad valorem taxes, or other state charges as long as the vehicle is for the veteran's personal use. Business vehicles are not exempt from state taxation under this rule.
Alabama Veteran’s Employment Benefits
Small Business Veteran Hiring Tax Incentive
For businesses with fewer than 51 employees, Alabama offers a small business $1,000 tax credit if the company employs recently deployed, discharged, and presently unemployed veterans as a new hire.
Veteran Owned Business Tax Credit
If recently deployed, discharged, and now unemployed veterans begin their small businesses., Alabama offers them a $2000 tax credit.
State of Alabama Unemployment Compensation for Veterans
If you are an honorably discharged veteran and are unemployed, you may qualify for Alabama unemployment compensation. You do not qualify if you receive V.A. disability payments or a military pension.
Spouses may also qualify for Alabama unemployment payments if they had to leave a job because of a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) move with the veteran. A military spouse could also be eligible if their veteran spouse is activated/deployed.
Contact the Alabama State Unemployment Compensation Claims office for further information.
Alabama Veteran Reemployment Protection
“State, county, and municipal officials who enter the military or naval service at a time when a state of national emergency has been declared to exist by the President of the United States have preservation of job status and reemployment rights.”
Retirement Benefits Protection for State Employees or Teachers in Alabama
If you leave a teaching job in Alabama or any Alabama state government position to serve in the military, and you continue to contribute during your years in service, up to four years of military service count towards your retirement years requirement. You must be honorably discharged and return to your teaching or state job within a year of discharge. During the four years of service, the annual contributions must equal a minimum of 4% of the teaching or state salary.
Alabama Veteran’s Other Benefits
Vehicle Tax Exemptions for Alabama Guard and Reserve
Guard/Reserve members (active or retired) in Alabama are exempt from license and registration fees for motor vehicles.
Themed License Plates
Military-designated license plates available to qualifying veterans include:
● Medal of Honor
● Purple Heart Medal
● Prisoner of War
● Legion of Valor
You must have proof of service and the awards/decorations associated with the plates you apply for. Some plates are free, and others have a cost. Additional choices of military-themed license plates may be available but sometimes require payment of all taxes and fees.
Hunting/Fishing/Recreation Licenses Discounts
Contact Outdoor Alabama 888-848-6887 to ask about Veteran discounts on hunting and fishing licenses. Discounted hunting, fishing, and firearm licenses s offered for veterans, especially those with VA-rated service-connected disabilities.
Alabama Veteran’s Burial Benefits
There are three veteran cemeteries in the state of Alabama:
● The Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spanish Fort is the only state-run cemetery. Veterans and spouses can pre-register for no-cost burial services with discharge paperwork and marriage certificate where appropriate.
● Fort Michell National Cemetery in Fort Michell, Alabama
● Alabama Nation Cemetery-in Montevallo, Alabama