Louisiana State Veteran's Benefits
The state of Louisiana provides several veteran benefits. This section offers a
- Housing Benefits
- Employment Benefits
- Education Benefits
- Other State Veteran Benefits
Louisiana Veteran Housing Programs
Louisiana War Veterans Homes
The Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs operates
three War Veterans Homes. These homes, located in Monroe, Jackson, and Jennings provide nursing care. The Monroe facility
consists of 156 beds. The Jackson home has a 161 bed capacity.
Admission to the Homes is limited to Louisiana war
veterans. The applicant must agree to abide by all rules and regulations governing the Home. Applicants who have income will
be expected to pay for their care as is set forth in the care and maintenance schedule adopted for governing the Home residents.
The applicant must undergo an examination to ascertain whether he/she meets the criteria for admission to the Home.
application forms may be obtained from any of the local Parish Veterans Service Offices or at the Homes.
Learn more about the Louisiana War Veterans Homes
Louisiana Employment Benefits
Military Service Relief Act
Revised Statutes 29:401-425 relative
to military and veterans affairs provide for employers compensation, leave status, retirement credit, life, health and accident
insurance coverage, re-employment rights upon release from military service, prohibits against academic penalties, deferral
of state income taxes, validation of professional and occupational licenses, and protection of any vacancy in office held
by an Elected or Appointed Official, for citizens of Louisiana called to military service in the reserve components of the
Armed Forces of the United States. The district court in which the state or its political subdivision exercises authority
or conducts its business shall have jurisdiction to hear action to enforce the Act.
Learn more about the Military Service Relief Act
Veterans Civil Service Preference (Employment Preference)
Article X, of the Louisiana
Constitution provides a five-point preference in original appointments to persons honorably discharged from the Armed Forces
of the United States who served between the following dates of wartime service:
April 6, 1917, through November 11,
September 27, 1940, through July 25, 1947
June 25 1950, through January 31, 1955
July 1, 1958, through May 7,
August 2, 1990, through, date to be determined
(must have been awarded the Southwest Asia Medal)
Or in a peacetime
campaign or expedition if a campaign badge or expeditionary medal is authorized.
Ten points preference in original
appointments are accorded each honorable discharged veteran who served in either war or peacetime and has one or more service
connected disabilities established with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Veterans preference also extends to
layoffs over other employees of equal lengths of service and efficiency ratings.
Learn more about the Veterans Civil Service Preference
Louisiana Education Benefits
Dependents Educational Assistance
Section 288 of Title 29 of the Louisiana Revised
Statutes of 1950 has been amended and re-enacted to provide financial aid for children and surviving spouses of certain veterans
of this state who died in service in the Armed Forces of the United States or died of a service connected disability incurred
during a wartime period.
The law provides the same benefits for those children of living veterans who are rated 90%
or above disabled, including 100% individual unemployability, by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs "Schedule for Rating
Disabilities", as a result of a disability or disabilities incurred in service in the Armed Forces of the United States.
law further requires that the deceased veteran must have been a resident of the State of Louisiana for at least twelve months
immediately preceding entry into service. The living veteran must have resided in the state not less than twenty-four months
immediately preceding the child's admission into the Program.
The surviving spouse must use this Program within ten
years of the date eligibility is established. A child must be between the ages of sixteen and twenty-five.
Learn more about Dependents Educational Assistance
National Guard Tuition
The Adjutant General of Louisiana is responsible for the overall
policies, guidance, administration, and proper utilization of this program.
Learn more about National Guard Tuition
Veterans Education and Training - State Approving Agency
Congress passed the legislation
for Chapter 36 of Title 38 U.S.C. 38. The State Approving Agency's mission is to conduct inspection/approval, supervision
and provide technical assistance to those programs of education pursued by veterans and other eligible persons receiving educational
benefits under Title 38, U.S. Code and Title 10, U.S. Code Chapter 1606. The goals are to ensure that all programs of education,
job training, and flight schools are available to veterans and other eligible persons.
Learn more about Veterans Education and Training
Other Louisiana State Veteran Benefits
Free Hunting/Fishing Licenses
Act 417 amends and re-enacts Subsection F of Section
104 and Subsection C of Section 333 of Title 56 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950 to provide disabled veterans classified
with a service connected permanent disability, rated 50% or higher and who are Louisiana residents, to be issued licenses
to fish and hunt free of charge. The law further provides for free license books, returns, transfer of license and also licenses
for scientific or experimental purposes.
The law further provides that persons in the Armed Forces of the United States
on active duty, to be given resident privileges. Applications may be obtained and certified by contacting the local Parish
Veterans Service Office.
Learn more about Free Hunting/Fishing Licenses
Free Entrance to State Parks
Act 172 of the 1977 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature
provides that any Louisiana resident who is a veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States and who has suffered the amputation
of a limb or who at any time has been awarded an allowance toward the purchase of an automobile by the U.S. Government or
any Louisiana resident who is a veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States who, as the result of a service connected
disability, has been classified as 50% or more permanently disabled or permanent and total as a result of non-service connected
disabilities shall be exempt from paying the day use entrance fee to any Louisiana state park.
Learn more about Free Entrance to State Parks
Free "Purple Heart" License Plates
Revised Statute 47:463.26 provides for the issuance
of a Free License Plate for recipients of the "Purple Heart" medal to be used in lieu of the regular motor vehicle registration
plates. The recipient may be issued only one plate and such plate shall not be subject to renewal requirements applicable
to regular numbered plates. A written request submitted with proof of receiving the Purple Heart should be sent to the Department
of Public Safety. The surviving spouse may retain this plate in the event of the recipients death.
Learn more about Free "Purple Heart" License Plates
Motor Vehicle - Disabled Veterans - Special License Plates, Exemptions
of Section 463 of Title 47 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950, as amended and re-enacted by Act 263, Section 1 of the
Louisiana Legislature, provides for any amputee or blind veteran of World War II or of service on or after June 27, 1950,
who is a Louisiana citizen and who received financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in the purchase
of an automobile under provisions of Public Law 663 of the 79th Congress as amended, or under Public Law 187 of the 82nd Congress
to be exempt from payment of any motor vehicle registration or license tax on such automobile thus received and is also exempt
from payment of such tax on each subsequent automobile purchased by him as replacement, so long as it is determined by evidence
from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that his disability (disabilities) still meet(s) the requirements which were
met originally in establishing his eligibility to an automobile. Fifty percent or more service connected disabled veterans
are eligible for the free license plate.
Learn more about Special License Plates
Special Prestigious License Plates for Certain Veterans and Retirees
Legislature has authorized the Division of Motor Vehicles to issue prestige license plates to certain Louisiana veterans and
retired (military) veterans. These plates will be issued for use on any privately-owned passenger car, pickup truck, or van
of the veteran applicant. The cost of these plates are the same as the regular issue. Contact the Office of Motor Vehicles
to obtain a detailed list of these prestige plates and the requirements for issuance thereof.
Learn more about Special Prestigious License Plates
Recording of Discharges
Section 132, Title 44 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes
of 1950 provides for, upon presentation of the Discharge Certificate or other evidence, the register of Conveyances shall
record in his records, without charge, each Discharge Certificate or other evidence of honorable separation from the Armed
Forces of the United States of men and women who have served in these Forces.