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State and Federal Benefits

Are you an atomic era veteran? What you need to know.

Depending on when you served in the military, you may have been exposed to radiation. Learn more about what you can do if you were exposed here. VA: Exposure to Radiation Exposure U.S. Department of Justice: Radiation Exposure Compensation Act The Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (“the Act” or “RECA”), 42 U.S.C. § 2210 note (2012) established an  Read More…


Are you a veteran of the Gulf War to Present? What you need to know.

Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses Certain illnesses and diseases are “presumed” by VA to be related to your military service in designated areas of Southwest Asia and may entitle you to VA disability compensation benefits. For Gulf War Veterans, these presumptive diseases include: Medically unexplained illnesses (popularly called “Gulf War Syndrome”). Certain infectious diseases. Amyotrophic lateral  Read More…


Are you a veteran of World War II or Korea? What you need to know.

VA Benefits for World War II and Korean War Veterans Benefits for World War II Veterans Exposed to Ionizing Radiation World War II era Veterans may qualify for health care and compensation benefits if you were exposed to ionizing radiation during military service. Health care services include an Ionizing Radiation Registry health exam and clinical  Read More…


State Park and Hunting/Fishing License Benefits

State Park Day-Use Area Admission Fee Waivers Day-Use Waiver for Active Duty Military / Maryland National Guard Any member of the Maryland National Guard and all active duty military personnel who display their active duty military identification card to the gate attendant at any Maryland State Park day-use area will have their day-use entrance service charge waived.  Read More…


State Military Retirement Pay and Pension Tax Benefits

Retirement Pay and Pension Tax Deductions and Exclusions Military Retirement Pay Income Tax Deduction If you receive or the spouse of a military retiree receives military retirement income, you will be able to subtract up to $5,000, with an increase to the first $15,000 for individuals who are at least 55 years old on the  Read More…


State Property Tax Exemption Benefits

Property Tax Exemption- Disabled Veterans and Surviving Spouses Armed Services veterans with a permanent and total service connected disability rated 100% by the Veterans Administration may receive a complete exemption from real property taxes on the dwelling house and surrounding yard. These veterans also may apply at any time and do not have to meet the  Read More…


Local Property Tax Benefits

The following local jurisdictions have enacted laws providing for property tax exemptions.  These exemptions may slightly different from the State of Maryland.  Please note, this list may not be all inclusive as the MD Department of Veterans Affairs relies on outreach to learn of local ordinances and laws which may pertain to veterans.  Contact your  Read More…


State Motorist Benefits: Veteran Designation on MVA Issued ID and Military License Plates

Veteran Designation on Maryland Driver’s Licenses Maryland residents can now have ‘veteran’ designated on driver’s licenses.  To have this designation placed on a license: Bring one of the following documents to your local Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) Branch Office: DD214 Honorable Discharge Certificate Letter from the Military Records Personnel Center in St. Louis confirming veteran  Read More…


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