Idaho State Veterans Benefits

Updated: May 9, 2021

Benefits for over 115,000 veterans in Idaho

Idaho State Veteran Employment Benefits

Idaho State Veterans Benefits

Idaho State Hiring Preference for Veterans

Idaho state law affords qualifying veterans hiring preference points for Idaho state employment. Veterans must have served on active duty (not including training) and received an Honorable discharge. The preference points apply only to the initial engagement and don’t affect promotions. Veterans and surviving spouses get five preference points, and Veterans with a VA disability rating of 10% or more earn ten preference points. If a disabled veteran cannot work due to a service-related disability, the veteran's spouse may be eligible for the preference points.

Occupational License Fee Waivers

Occupational or professional licenses are issued without fees to military service members and veterans. Veterans are not required to renew professional permits for the first six months after discharge from service. Qualifying military spouses can apply for expedited service on license applications depending on demands at the time.

Idaho Veteran Housing Benefits

Veterans Assisted Care Homes and Nursing Homes

The State of Idaho operates skilled care veterans’ homes in:

Boise, Idaho

Pocatello, Idaho

Lewiston, Idaho

All homes are Medicare, and Medicaid certified. Requirements include Idaho residency and a discharge other than dishonorable. Veterans must be eligible for a VA pension and Aid and Attendance benefits. Wartime Veterans get priority status. Spouses of veterans who provide proof of marriage are eligible for admission to either Pocatello or Lewiston. Applicants must either apply and be approved for Medicaid benefits or be responsible for the monthly nursing care charge.

Idaho Veteran Financial Benefits

Idaho State Financial Assistance for Wartime Veterans

Wartime veterans who find themselves in an extreme emergency can receive a grant of up to one thousand dollars. Veterans must have lived in Idaho when they entered military service or resided in Idaho for at least five years. Applicants must submit the grant request within 90 days of the emergency. Call the Idaho Office of Veterans Advocacy at 208-780-1380 to apply or get more information.

Idaho Veteran Circuit Breaker Property Tax Reduction

Veterans with at least a 10% VA-rated service-connected disability or getting VA pension benefits can apply for the “Circuit Breaker” property tax benefit. To qualify the applicant must have:

● Owned and lived in a mobile home, house, or apartment as their primary residence. (Some nursing home residents may be eligible under specific conditions.)

● Earned $30,450 or less per year.

● Fall into one of the following groups:

someone 65 or older

someone who is a surviving spouse

a former prisoner of war

having a 10% or more service-connected disability

receiving a pension from Veterans Affairs.

Idaho State Disabled Veterans Property Tax Reduction

Idaho offers disabled veterans an opportunity to reduce property taxes by more than one thousand dollars if they meet the requirements. The requirements include having a 100% service-connected VA disability and full-time Idaho residency. Motor homes are eligible for this veteran tax benefit, and nursing home residents qualify under specific conditions.

State Income Tax Exemption for Active Duty Military Stationed Out Of State

Military members who are Idaho residents but stationed outside the state are exempt from Idaho state income tax.

State Income Tax

Retired Military Pay Tax Deduction

Veterans and surviving spouses (must not have remarried) 65 or older or disabled and age 62 or older are permitted to deduct any military retirement income at state tax time.

Idaho State Grocery Tax Credit for Veterans

Qualifying veterans who are at least 65 or 62 and disabled can get a grocery tax credit claim allowing a specific dollar amount per exemption claimed on a tax return. Check with your local tax office about restrictions.

Additional Idaho State Veteran Benefits

Gold Star License Plates are available from the Idaho Transportation Department for no charge. Surviving spouses, parents, and other immediate family members of service personnel killed in combat are eligible. Submit documentation such as a DD Form 214 or VA letter acknowledging Gold Star status as proof of eligibility.

Veteran Designation on Idaho State ID and Driver’s Licenses

Honorably discharged veterans who can show eligibility documentation like discharge paperwork or VA award letters can have the veteran designation on their driver’s license or state ID.

The designation is fee-free but available only at renewal time or for a new license or state ID. If veterans want to get the special tag at any other time, the cost is $15. When replacing an existing card that is not up for renewal, a $15 fee applies. The veteran designation will automatically appear with future renewals.

Recreational Benefits For Veterans

Veterans with VA-rated 100% service-related disabilities who live full time in Idaho get free campsites and day passes to all Idaho state parks. Present supporting documentation, such as official discharge paperwork or VA award letters, when applying. Idaho also offers disabled resident veterans reduced hunting fees and other recreation perks; some perks or discounts require a VA disability rating of 40% or higher.

Idaho Burial Benefits for Veterans

Veterans are eligible for buriel in the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery with any military discharge other than Dishonorable. Qualifying spouses, dependent children, and parents of eligible veterans and service members can also apply. Advanced authorization is encouraged.

The following interment service options are offered:

● Military Funeral Honors (Taps, folding of the flag, and flag presentation)

● An Honor Guard detail

● Columbarium niche (space on a wall specifically designed to hold cremation urns) cremation inurnment with inscribed granite cover is included.

● A niche inground cremation inurnment with an inscribed granite marker included

● In-ground casket interment with an inscribed granite marker

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