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Georgia State Veteran Benefits

Veterans Benefits

The state of Georgia provides several veteran benefits. This is a brief description of them.
Georgia Veterans Home
Georgia has two veterans homes, one in Augusta and one in Milledgeville. Admission is open to honorably discharged Georgia veterans with service during wartime.
Georgia Veterans Financial Benefits
Exemption from Homestead Tax
100 percent disabled veterans, those getting VA disability for loss of vision or limbs, and their surviving unremarried spouses may be exempt from property tax on their homes. The maximum exemption, which changes every year, is currently $77,307 but there are several factors which determine the amount. Check with the county tax assessor or visit the link at the bottom of this page for details.
Vehicle Tax Exemption
No ad valorem tax on vehicles for permanently and totally disabled veterans or those getting VA disability for loss of vision or limbs.
License Fees & Special Taxes
Military members who become delinquent on license fees or special, occupation or sales taxes can have the 10 percent penalty waived if they were unable to pay due to military service in a combat zone. This waiver applies only to combat-zone duty, and the taxpayer must provide proof of military service and make full payment of the taxes within 60 days of their return from military service.
Georgia Veterans Employment Benefits
Veterans Employment Preference
A 5 point credit is given to war veterans seeking state employment. A 10 point credit is given to those with a VA service connected disability of 10 percent or more.
Business Licenses
Some honorably discharged veterans with at least a 25 percent disability 10 percent if wartime veterans) are exempt from payment of occupational taxes and other fees for peddling, conducting a business, or practicing a profession or semi profession.
Firefighter Qualification
Effective Jan. 1, 2019, military firefighter training will be accepted as required basic training for full-time, part-time and volunteer firefighters, including airport firefighters.
Georgia Veteran Recreation Benefits
Hunting and Fishing Licenses for Returning Veterans
Returning veterans are entitled to a free honorary hunting and fishing license for a period of one year following issuance.
Hunting and Fishing Licenses for Permanently & Totally Disabled Veterans
Veterans rated permanently and totally disabled by the VA or DOD are eligible for a discounted sportsman’s license.
Reduced State Park Admission Fees for Disabled Veterans
Any Georgia resident veteran with a service connected disability and an honorable discharge can get a discount card good for 25 percent reduced entrance fee to GA state parks, historical sites, and recreational areas.
Georgia State Veterans Cemeteries
Any veteran or their family may be buried in one of the two Georgia State Veterans Memorial Cemeteries in Milledgeville or Glennville. Eligibility requirements are the same as for burial in a VA cemetery, and require an other-than-dishonorable discharge.

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