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State and Federal Benefits

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 and/or surviving  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…


Federal VA Benefits Fact Sheets, Brochures and Fliers

The US Department of Veterans Affairs has a number of benefits for uniformed service members, veterans, spouses, children, and parents of a deceased or disabled service member or veteran.  Benefits include compensation, pension, education and training, employment assistance, life insurance, home loans, healthcare, and burial.  Below are a number of fact sheets, fliers and brochures  Read More…


Are you a veteran of the Vietnam Era? What you need to know.

The U.S. military used Agent Orange to clear plants and trees during the Vietnam War. If you served in Vietnam or in or near the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) during the Vietnam Era—or in certain related jobs—you may have had contact with this herbicide. Find out if you can get disability compensation and other benefits  Read More…


Federal VA Burial Benefits, Nationwide Grave Site Locator

The US Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration honors veterans with final resting places in national shrines and with lasting tributes that commemorate their service to our nation. The purpose of the NCA is to: provide burial space for veterans and their eligible family members. maintain national cemeteries as national shrines, sacred to the  Read More…


Requesting Funeral Honors: Maryland National Guard Honor Guard

The MDNG Honor Guard offers Military Funeral Honors to veterans who served in the Armed Forces of the United States and were separated with a discharge other than Dishonorable. The MDNGHG operates out of 4 locations throughout the state providing professional and dignified services to departed Maryland veterans. For more information on the MDNG Honor Guard visit the Maryland Military  Read More…


State Education Benefits, Scholarships for Veterans and Dependents

For more information on VA Education Benefits and the scholarships listed below, visit the Maryland Higher Education Commission Division of Veterans Affairs. To learn more, contact the Maryland Higher Education Commission’s Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) via email at osfamail.mhec@maryland.gov or by phone at 410-767-3300. Veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq Conflicts Scholarship The Veterans  Read More…


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