Updated: May 16
Maryland, the Old Line State, offers benefits to its over 400,000 veterans.
Maryland Veteran Education Benefits
Veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq Conflicts Scholarship Program
This scholarship program for military service members who served in Afghanistan or Iraq is also open to qualifying dependents and military spouses. Scholarship funds can be applied to costs for attending an approved college or higher learning institution. This scholarship covers up to half of the student's expenses, including tuition, fees, room, and board.
To qualify, a service member must have served for at least 60 days in Iraq or Afghanistan. Other requirements also include (but are not limited to) the following:
● Maintain Maryland residency
● Submitting a FAFSA application every year by March 1
● in an undergraduate program at an eligible Maryland institution, or accepted for admission or enrolled in a 2-year certificate program considered acceptable for transfer credit for a baccalaureate program at an eligible Maryland institution
Active Duty, Reservists, National Guard, qualifying dependents, and spouses who meet the qualifying criteria can apply every year before March 1.
In-State College Tuition for State-Supported Schools
Veterans, National Guard members, and Active Duty service members who live in Maryland qualify for in-state college tuition rates at state institutions.
Veteran Employment Benefits
Maryland Employment Hiring Preferences for Veterans
Maryland gives hiring preferences to qualifying service members. Veterans, spouses of veterans with VA-rated disabilities, and surviving spouses of eligible military members all get ten hiring points. Two additional points are awarded to any veterans with service-connected disabilities and former POWs.
The Maryland Veterans Full Employment Act of 2013
This program helps qualifying veterans and their spouses get or transfer professional credentials, college credits, professional licensing, and related support when they move to Maryland and need to transfer career credentials.
The program offers expedited service when the transferring credentials meet Maryland State requirements.
Veterans with discharges other than dishonorable are eligible, including Guard/Reserve members. Military spouses must relocate to Maryland because of a new military assignment, spouses of recently discharged service members, and surviving spouses can also apply.
Veterans must apply within one year of their military discharges. Military members and their spouses who are relocating to the state on military orders should apply once they have taken up residence in Maryland.
Veteran Housing Benefits Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs Charlotte Hall Veterans Home
Maryland VA operates Charlotte Hall Veteran’s Home in Charlotte Hall, MD
Space in the home is offered to honorably discharge Maryland veterans and their spouses. Applicants must be at least 62 and be classified as disabled by the veteran's administration or the Social Security Administration.
The Department of Veterans Affairs offers a per diem amount for home residents. Charlotte Hall provides assisted living care and nursing home services.
Medical Services include:
● On-site medical director and attending physician
● On-site nurse practitioner and physician’s assistant
● On-site, dental, podiatry, optometry services
● Physical, occupational and speech therapy
● Pharmacy services
● Lab and radiology service
● Hospice services
The home also offers
● On-Site Barber/beauty shop
● Transportation to DC VA Medical Center
● Meals and housekeeping Service
● 16 Bed Women’s Unit
● Computers with free Wi-Fi Internet access
● Walking trail
● TV and Telephone services
The Maryland Homefront (Veterans and Military Family) Mortgage Program
The Department of Housing and Community Development offers veterans and active-duty military with an interest rate discount of 0.25% for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage.
The Maryland Mortgage Program (MMP)
MMP offers veterans who qualify a 30-year fixed-rate home loan for homes purchased in Maryland. Interest rates and terms are comparable to other home loans.
Maryland SmartBuy Program
Maryland SmartBuy program offers selected state-owned homes for purchase by qualifying home buyers who apply for special financing that pays off their student debt as part of the home purchase.
Disabled Veteran-Friendly State Tax Credit For Adapted Housing
While this program is not specifically for disabled veterans, a state tax credit is available for making adaptive alterations or improvements on a Maryland home that make it more accessible for a disabled homeowner.
Veteran Financial Benefits
Military Personnel and Veteran-Owned Small Business No-Interest Loan Program
Maryland offers small businesses owned by veterans no-interest loans for up to $50,000. The applying business must be:
● Owned by a Reserve or National Guard member called to active duty
● Employing a reservist or Guard member called to active duty
● A small business started by a veteran or planned by a veteran
● An employer of a VA-rated disabled veterans
These no-interest loans are offered for up to eight years, with the loan repayment period, no longer "the useful life expectancy of the equipment to be purchased."
Maryland Tax Breaks for Veterans
● Qualifying military members and military spouses who are 65 by December 31 of a tax year may deduct up to $5,000 from their federal adjusted gross income before calculating their Maryland tax. To qualify, the taxpayer must be receiving a minimum of $10,000 in military retirement income
● Maryland State Property Tax Exemptions are available to veterans with permanent and total service-connected disabilities. Qualifying veterans or surviving spouses may apply any time of year for the exemption.
● Maryland residents must title a motor vehicle within 60 days of moving to the state. Registrants with military ID or other proof of military service may claim a vehicle excise tax credit.
● For those on Active Duty, up to $15,000 of military pay earned while serving overseas is exempt from Maryland income tax.
Additional Veteran Benefits
Maryland Military Service Record Archive
This benefit, unique to Maryland's state, offers veterans access to an archive of DD Form 214s, which is the active-duty military discharge paperwork. Maryland veterans must request a transfer of their DD 214 paperwork to the home of record in Maryland. Call (410)-230-4444 ext.6450 to see if your DD-214 is on file.
Free Entry for Veterans to Maryland State Parks
The State of Maryland waives entrance fees to state parks and facilities for presenting current military ID Cards. Veterans with Maryland residency who are home on leave (with orders in hand) may not be required to have some hunting and fishing permits.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources
● Maryland residents stationed in Maryland should purchase a regular resident hunting license unless they are officially on leave and have a copy of their leave orders.
● Lifetime hunting licenses are available free of charge for former POWs and 100% service-disabled veterans who are Maryland residents.
● Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp is not part of the free hunting license.
Burial Benefits for Veterans
There are Five Maryland Veterans Cemeteries:
● Cheltenham, Maryland
● Crownsville, Maryland
● Flintstone, Maryland
● Hurlock, Maryland
● Owings Mills, Maryland
Burial plots, headstones, and liner are free to eligible, honorably discharged veterans. Services are also available to eligible dependents, but there may be charges for opening/closing the grave.