Kentucky State Benefits for 100% Disabled Veterans

Kentucky State Benefits for 100% Disabled Veterans

100% State Benefits – Kentucky

Note: Information for this document was gathered from various sources including:

Visit the Kentucky Department of Veterans’ Affairs Website for more detailed information:

Veterans Homes

For more information, visit:

Your eligibility for State Veterans Homes is based on clinical need and setting availability.

Each State establishes eligibility and admission criteria for its homes.

Talk with a VA social worker about the eligibility requirements of State Veterans Homes near you and to figure out a plan for paying for State Veterans Home care services.

Veterans Homes Locations:

Eligibility: Veterans must be Kentucky residents with an other-than-dishonorable discharge to be admitted. Costs are based on a veteran’s ability to pay.

State Veterans’ Cemeteries

For more detailed information visit:

National Veterans Cemeteries:

Camp Nelson National Cemetery
6980 Danville Road
Nicholasville, KY 40356
Burial Space:

Lebanon National Cemetery
20 Hwy 208
Lebanon, KY 40033
Burial Space:

Mill Springs National Cemetery
9044 West Highway 80
Nancy, KY 42544
Burial Space:


State Veterans Cemeteries:

Kentucky Veterans Cemeteries
1111B Louisville Rd
Frankfort, KY 40601
VA Grant Funded:

Kentucky Veterans Cemetery – Central
2501 North Dixie Boulevard
Radcliff, KY 40160
VA Grant Funded:

Kentucky Veterans Cemetery – North
205 Eibeck Lane
Williamstown, KY 41097
VA Grant Funded:

Kentucky Veterans Cemetery – Northeast
100 Veterans Memorial Drive
Grayson, KY 41143
VA Grant Funded:

Kentucky Veterans Cemetery – Southeast
1280 KY Hwy 118
(Tim Couch Pass)
Hyden, KY 41749
VA Grant Funded:
Kentucky Veterans Cemetery – West
5817 Fort Campbell Boulevard
Hopkinsville, KY 42240
VA Grant Funded:


Many states have established state veterans cemeteries. Eligibility is like Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) national cemeteries but may include residency requirements. Even though they may have been established or improved with Government funds through VA’s Veterans Cemetery Grants Program, state veterans cemeteries are run solely by the states.

Kentucky Veteran Financial Benefits

Income Tax

See the following website for more information:

Military income is tax-free.

Military retirement pay is tax-exempt up to $31,110. If receiving more than $31,110, only the portion above that amount may be taxed.

If you are retired from the federal government then you may be able to exclude more than $31,110. You must complete Schedule P to determine how much of your pension income is taxable.

Property Tax for Disabled Veterans

For more information, visit the following site:

Totally disabled veterans are eligible for up to a $40,500 deduction on the assessed value of their home for property tax purposes.

The homeowner must have been receiving payments pursuant to his or her disability for the entire assessment period.

The homeowner must apply annually to continue to receive the exemption based upon a total disability, unless:

  • They are a veteran of the United States Armed Forces and have a service connected disability
  • They have been determined to be totally and permanently disabled under the rules of the Social Security Administration; or
  • They have been determined to be totally and permanently disabled under the rules of the Kentucky Retirement Systems.

The value of the homestead exemption for the 2019-2020 assessment years is $39,300. This amount is deducted from the assessed value of the applicant’s home and property taxes are computed based upon the remaining assessment. For example, if the applicant’s residence is assessed at a value of $200,000, property taxes would be computed on $160,700 (200,000 – 39,300). The amount of the homestead exemption is recalculated every two years to adjust for inflation. The next adjustment will be effective for the 2021 and 2022 assessment years.

Submitting a Homestead Exemption Application:

  • Complete the Application For Exemption​ Under The Homestead/Disability Amendment – Form 62A350​ Link to Document:
  • Gather any supporting documentation
  • Contact your local Property Value Administrator.

Consult the local assessor’s office for detailed requirements regarding these exemptions.
Annual refiling is required.

Find your local tax assessor at this link:

Kentucky Veterans Preference for State Jobs

Veterans with an other-than-dishonorable discharge can get 5 points added to their test score for a state job. Disabled veterans can get 10 points.

Some spouses and surviving spouses may also be eligible.

Other State Hiring Assistance programs

Veterans to Farmers

Kentucky Farmers and agricultural producers can apply to display the Homegrown by Heroes logo on their Marketing material.

KY State Job Opportunities

Kentucky Works-Smart Recruiting
KY Works is a regional job portal, built and maintained by Kwantek, which makes searching for career opportunities and/or searching for qualified candidates easier than ever. This site offers a solution for the biggest concern about on-line job posting systems – locality of interest.

My Next Move
My Next Move is an interactive tool for job seekers and students to learn more about their career options. My Next Move has tasks, skills, salary information, and more for over 900 different careers. Users can find careers through keyword search; by browsing industries that employ different types of workers; or through the O*NET Interest Profiler, a tool that offers personalized career suggestions based on a person’s interests and level of work experience.

VetBiz: The Veterans Business Assistance Program

• Entrepreneurial Assessments
• Individualized Management Consultations
• Market Planning & Research
• Educational Workshops and Materials
• Financial Analysis
Go to or call 270-763-6961 for more information.

Veterans Program Trust Fund

For more information and application, Visit the following website:

The purpose of the VPTF is to direct funding to projects and programs that help Kentucky’s veterans but for which other funds are not available.

The VPTF is overseen by a Board of Directors whose members are appointed by the Governor. The list of Trust Fund Board Members with their affiliations is here. The VPTF Board of Directors meets several times a year.

The application deadline is thirty calendar days before the meeting date and must be received (not stamped by post office but received in our office) at the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs by US mail or by fax no later than thirty calendar days from the scheduled meeting.

State Educational Benefits

Kentucky offers a wide variety of Educational Benefits to resident veterans and their dependents.

State Educational Benefits can be used in conjunction with the National Educational Benefits (DEA)

Visit the following link for a full list:

Campus Outreach to Kentucky Veterans

Most Kentucky colleges and universities have special programs and staff to help veterans get financial assistance and other help in making the transition back to school.

Student Veterans of America

More information is available at the following website:

Student Veterans of America provides resources, network support and advocacy to veterans as they pursue higher learning.

Student Veterans of America has chapters on 16 campuses in Kentucky.

Kentucky Tuition Waiver Program

For additional information call: (502) 564 – 9203 or email:

A tuition waiver is provided for children, stepchildren, adopted children, spouses, and unremarried surviving spouses of KY veterans who died on active duty, as a result of service-connected injuries, or is VA rated totally disabled.

An approved tuition waiver means a student may attend any two-year, four-year schools or vocational technical schools that are operated and funded by the Kentucky Department of Education.

Kentucky residency is a requirement for both the veteran and the applicant. A deceased veteran must have been a Kentucky resident at the time of death.

Link to Application:

Kentucky Veteran Recreation Benefits

Hunting, Trapping, or Fishing Licenses

For more information and applications, visit the following website:

Kentucky veterans with 50% of more service-connected disability are authorized a discounted license.

The license includes the same licenses and permits as the Resident Sportsman’s License, plus additional deer permits.

Kentucky residents home on leave can fish for free without a license.

Kentucky State Parks

For more information and to make reservations, visit the following website:

Be aware that effective July 15th, 2010, veterans with a 100% permanent and total rating may be exempt from overnight accommodations rate at Kentucky State parks. Proof of eligibility will need to be established to take advantage of this discount.

This is different from the “USA Military Discount” program that the state also offers:

Current and former members of the nation’s armed services can receive lodging discounts at Kentucky State Parks with the “USA Military Discount” program from Nov. 1 to March 31.

During the months of April through October, current and former members of the military can get a 15 percent lodging or camping discount.