Tennessee State Veteran’s Benefits

Updated: May 2

Tennessee, The Volunteer State, provides benefits to over 475,000 veterans.

Tennessee Veteran’s Benefits

Tennessee State Veteran Education Benefits

Out-Of-State Tuition Waivers

Since 2014 Tennessee allows veterans students classified as out-of-state to pay in-state tuition and fees.

The Tennessee Helping Heroes Grant

This state veteran education grant offers veterans $1,000 per semester for twelve or more semester hours completed without failing final grades. A $500 per semester grant applies for successfully completing six to 11 hours without failing final grades.

These first-come, first-served grants are offered to qualifying honorably discharged veterans who meet the criteria:

  • Tennessee residency for a year before applying

  • Recipient of any of the following awards after September 10, 2001:

  • Iraq Campaign Medal

  • Afghanistan Campaign Medal

  • Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

  • Will be or are enrolled at an eligible 2-year or 4-year postsecondary educational institution.

  • Have not yet earned a baccalaureate degree

  • Not in default on federal Title IV educational or Tennessee educational loans or owe a refund on a Title IV student financial aid program or a Tennessee student financial aid program

  • Comply with the drug-free rules and laws for receiving federal financial assistance

  • Not incarcerated

Helping Heroes Grant money is awarded after the successful completion of a semester.

Tennessee State Scholarships for Surviving Spouses and Dependents

Qualifying surviving dependents under 23 and surviving spouses who live in Tennessee may receive free tuition and fees to state-supported colleges. The service member


  • Have Died as a result of injuries received OR

  • Prisoner of war OR

  • Missing-in-action AND

  • Served a qualifying period of armed conflict

Tennessee State Veteran Employment Benefits

Qualifying veterans who apply for state jobs may get priority placement for interviews on preferred positions.  Veterans must meet the minimum qualifications for the open state preferred positions to be guaranteed an interview.

Veterans are offered a streamlined process for appeals of a law, rule, or policy by a government agency resulting in the veteran’s suspension, dismissal, or demotion.

Spouses and surviving spouses may also receive interview preference if the spouse is registered to vote in Tennessee or has been a Tennessee resident for two years before applying, and:

  • The veteran was permanently and totally disabled due to service-connected disabilities, or

  • The veteran died on active duty.

Tennessee State Veteran Housing Benefits

Veterans Assisted Care and Nursing Homes

Tennessee operates these four homes for Veterans:

  • Brigadier General Wendell H. Gilbert  State Veterans Home in Clarksville, Tennessee

  • W.D. "Bill" Manning Tennessee Veterans Home, Humboldt, Tennessee

  • Ben Atchley Tennessee Veterans' Home, Knoxville, Tennessee

  • Tennessee State Veterans Home-Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Any Veteran entitled to medical treatment or other benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs is also eligible to apply for a bed in one of the homes.

Each facility has requirements, but all applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

  • A Tennessee resident at the time of admission

  • Born in Tennessee

  • Living in Tennessee when entering the U.S. Armed Forces

  • Tennessee is the Official Home of Record

  • An immediate family member or Legal Guardian who serves as a primary caregiver is a Tennessee resident.

Spouses, surviving spouses, and Gold Star parents may also be eligible for admission if space is available.  

THDA Homeownership for the Brave

Homeownership for the Brave, part of the THDA Great Choice Home Loan program, offers loans to military borrowers who qualify.

Tennessee State Veteran Financial Benefits

Tennessee  Property Tax Relief for Qualified Disabled Veterans

All disabled veterans with specific VA-rated conditions and some surviving spouses are eligible for property tax breaks of up to $100,000. The exemption only applies to primary residences. The qualifying conditions include, but may not be limited to:

A VA confirmed service-connected disability that resulted in:

  • Paraplegia

  • Permanent paralysis of the lower body and both legs  resulting from traumatic injury or disease to the spinal cord or brain

  • Loss, or the loss of use of two limbs  

  • Legal blindness

  • A service-related permanent or total disability as determined by the VA

  • A  VA 100% total and permanent disability rating caused by being a Prisoner of War

Surviving spouses of veterans qualified for the program when they died are also eligible for this property tax break.  The surviving spouse may also apply for this veteran tax relief if the spouse:

  • Is not remarried

  • Owns the property jointly or solely for which tax relief is claimed

  • Uses the property exclusively as a home