Updated: May 16, 2021
Nevada, The Silver State, offers benefits to over 220,000 veterans.
Nevada State Veteran Education Benefits
Non-Resident Tuition Exemption for Active Duty Members, Their Spouses, and Dependents
Active duty military stationed in Nevada, their spouses, and dependents may qualify for in-state tuition prices. When a permanent change of duty station moves a service member outside the State of Nevada, spouses and dependent children remain Nevada residents for tuition rates. The in-state status remains while they remain continuously enrolled at any Nevada School of Higher Education institution.
Non-Resident Tuition Exemption for Veterans on Active Duty in Nevada when Discharged
Honorably discharged veterans and on active duty in Nevada when they are discharged qualify for in-state tuition. ( the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center at Pickle Meadows, California qualifies as a Nevada service location)
Non-Resident Tuition Exemption for Out-of-State Veterans
In 2013 the Nevada Legislature passed a law that exempts all honorably discharged veterans from non-resident tuition for the first two years after discharge.
Nevada Grant-In-Aid for Families of Members Killed in the Line of Duty
This grant for financially dependent children or spouses of active-duty members who died in the line of duty is considered an award and need not be repaid. The service member must have listed Nevada as their home of record.
Nevada National Guard Fee Waiver
Active members of the Nevada National Guard, their dependent children, and qualifying military spouses are not required to pay higher-education registration fees. This program excludes the institutions of higher learning listed:
● William S. Boyd School of Law
● School of Medicine at the University of Nevada
● UNLV School of Dental Medicine
POW/MIA Benefits for Children and Spouses
The children and spouses of any military member who has been permanently stationed in Nevada and been declared a Prisoner of War (POW) or Missing in Action (MIA) may also be eligible for registration fee waivers.
Dependent children can apply for a waiver until age 28(or ten years from the enrollment date if the dependent is under 18 at that time). Spouses can apply for a waiver for ten years from the date the member was identified as a POW or MIA.
The same schools of law, medicine, and dentistry are excluded.
The Nevada State Millennium Scholarship
Governor Guinn Millennium Scholarship provides funds to recipients for up to six academic years after high school graduation. An extension is available for qualifying military dependent children, and Those interested should submit the Extension of Scholarship Application.
Operation Recognition: Nevada High School Diploma Program for Veterans
Operation Recognition allows Nevada School Districts to issue a high school diploma to veterans who left school to enlist during World War II through Vietnam ( September 16, 1940, through May 7, 1975).
The next-of-kin, or guardians of disabled veterans apply on the veteran’s behalf. Family members can also have high school diplomas awarded posthumously.
Nevada State Veteran Employment Benefits
Nevada Hiring Preference for Veterans
State hiring preferences are offered to active duty military, Nevada Guard members, and surviving spouses. Nevada law requires applicants to declare their intent to use veterans' preference points at the time of employment application. Proof of eligibility must be submitted at the application time.
State hiring preferences are available to active duty veterans and qualifying Nevada National Guard members. Most veterans qualify five points; disabled applicants may be eligible for ten preference points. The points are applied to any open competitive exam in the classified service and one promotional examination after initial hiring.
Nevada State Veteran Housing Benefits
Nevada State Veterans’ Homes
Nevada State Veterans’ Home, Boulder City in Nevada
Northern Nevada State Veterans’ Home, Sparks, Nevada
The homes provide services to eligible veterans, spouses, and Gold Star family members. Services include:
• Short-Term Rehabilitation • Post-Stroke Rehabilitation • Physical, Occupational, Speech, and Restorative Therapies • Long-Term Care • Memory Care • Orthopedic Care • Diabetes and Medication Management • IV Services • Nutritional Services
• Hospice Care • Pain Management
Admission requirements include a military discharge other than dishonorable and a medical need for full-time nursing services. Some conditions are not treatable at the facility. The home cannot provide services like intravenous narcotic pain medication, ventilators, dialysis, etc.
This care provided is fee-based, and the ability to pay must be verified before admission to the Veterans’ Home.
Combatting Veteran Homelessness
Renaissance apartments offers 50 apartments for veterans and their families.
Las Vegas opened two residential facilities and a community support office in 2001. The Las Vegas location has over 330 transitional and permanent beds. Employment services and rapid re-housing and homeless prevention services are provided.
Share Village is an innovative approach to holistic and comprehensive housing with 24 hr crisis intervention and intensive support services. The public and private sectors collaborate to provide supplies and services.
Reno Capitol Hill provides immediate help for homeless veterans. They are provided with food and showers and help with further resources. Call 775-786-7200 or 1-877-222-VETS (8387)
Capital Hill Building Veterans Outreach Center 350 Capital Hill Ave Reno, NV 89502 775-324-6600
Nevada State Veteran Financial Benefits
Nevada Property Tax Exemptions for Qualifying Veterans and Surviving Spouses
There are Nevada property tax exemptions for qualifying veterans or surviving spouses. The exemption amount on the veteran or spouse-owned real property should be applied to the following year’s tax bill. This exemption applies to any personal property, including business property, aircraft, or manufactured housing at any time during the year, before payment of taxes.
The Nevada State Property Tax Exemption is open to qualifying active duty, Guard or Reserve members who served at least 90 continuous days on active duty with one day falling between:
● April 6, 1917, and November 11, 1918
● December 7, 1941, and December 31, 1946
● June 25, 1950, and May 7, 1975
● September 26, 1982, and December 1, 1987
● December 20, 1989, and January 31, 1990
● August 2, 1990, and April 11, 1991
● December 5, 1992, and March 31, 1994
● November 20, 1995, and December 20, 1996
Veterans are also eligible if they were on active duty in connection with any campaign or expedition in which the United States government authorized a medal. Submit a copy of a valid Nevada driver's license or ID card, discharge paperwork, and some documentation showing Nevada as your home of record.
● Surviving Spouses must submit Property Tax Exemption, a valid Nevada Driver's License or Nevada Identification Card, and their spouse's death certificate to apply for the exemption.
● The State of Nevada Disabled Veterans’ Exemption is available to qualifying veterans with a VA-rated disability of at least 60%; the exemption amount depends on the degree of disability.
Nevada State Tax Breaks for Veterans Purchasing Vehicles
The State of Nevada offers Government Service tax breaks for veterans who qualify. County Assessor’s offices determine the amount of the tax exemption permitted depending on the veteran's military service's nature and dates. VA-rated disabled veterans are eligible for exemptions based on the percentage of disability.
Additional Nevada State Veteran Benefits
Nevada State Military License Plates
Nevada provides discounted license plates to veterans who meet the criteria for the special designation plates. Special plates include Purple Heart, Gold Star family, ex-POW, and others.
Nevada State Recreational Benefits for Veterans
Currently serving military service members (in or out of state) may be eligible for discounted, one-year Nevada Department of Wildlife hunting and fishing licenses.
Disabled Nevada veterans rated as 10% disabled may qualify for one-year permits for unlimited entrance to Nevada state parks and use of camping and boat launch facilities. There is a fee for this permit.
Nevada Legal Benefits for Veterans
The Nevada Attorney General’s Office of Military Legal Assistance (OMLA) offers free legal assistance and representation to qualifying active duty, National Guard, or Reserve service members. This program combines the efforts of private participants, legal aid organizations, and the State Bar of Nevada to help veterans get affordable legal advice and representation.
Burial Benefits for Veterans
Nevada operates two veterans’ cemeteries:
Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Fernley, Nevada
Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Boulder City, Nevada
Both facilities are open to all qualifying veterans at no charge, but there is a burial fee for spouses.
While advance plot assignment is not available, pre-need registration is possible. Present a copy of your discharge documents with your pre-registration form. Include supporting documentation such as a marriage certificate for spouses—Call 775-575-4441 for more information.