April 20, 2014

State Veterans Office Website - www.state.tn.us/veteran/

Federal Veterans Office Website - www.va.gov/

 

STATE OF TENNESSEE

 VETERANS BENEFITS

Current Provisions

 

TCA 5-8-102 (a) & (d) COUNTY MOTOR VEHICLE PRIVILEGE TAX, VETERANS

 

Any disabled veteran who has a 100 percent permanent, total disability from a service connected cause, or any former prisoner-of-war, as determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, shall be exempt from the motor vehicle privilege tax upon submission of evidence of such disability to the officer in the county charged with the responsibility for collecting such tax.

 

TCA 8-30-306 VETERANS PREFERENCE IN STATE EMPLOYMENT

 

For any person who has been honorably discharged from the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps, who served in the Armed Forces of the United States during the period of a war, the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam Conflict, the Lebanon, Grenada, Panama Expedition, or Desert Storm, five (5) points shall be added to the earned ratings in Examinations to veterans who received the “Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal.”

 

If such veteran is disabled as a result of such military service, such veteran shall have ten (10) points added to such veteran’s rating.

 

The spouse or surviving spouse of any 100 percent, service connected, disabled veteran whose disability resulted from such military service, or the surviving spouse of any veteran who died in the line of duty shall have ten (10) points added to such person’s rating, if the surviving spouse has not remarried since the death of the veteran.

 

The spouse or surviving spouse of any permanently and totally disabled veteran, whose disability resulted from military service, or died in the line of duty, during a period of war, shall have five (5) points added to such spouse or surviving spouse, if the surviving spouse has not remarried since the death of the veteran. 

 

TCA 8-33-102 – RE-EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS OF PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

 

Establishes terms and conditions under which Armed Forces service may be credited toward the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System.

 

TCA 8-34-605 – RETIREMENT CREDITABLE MILITARY SERVICE, VETERANS

 

1.                 Any member who leaves, or left service with the State of Tennessee after completing any required probationary period, in order to perform military duty in the Armed Forces of the United States, and who is relieved or discharged from such duty, and is re-employed by the State of Tennessee within six (6) months after he/she is relieved of military duty, has the option to establish retirement credit four (4) years for military service in the Armed Forces of the United States (see paragraph 2, b, c, and d below).

 

2.                 Any member, or retired member, who served in the Armed Forces of the United States during any period of armed conflict, is entitled to receive retirement credit for such service, not to exceed an aggregate of four (4) years under the following conditions:

 

              a)       Period of armed conflict including:

                             World War I          04/07/1917 - 11/11/1918

                             World War II         12/07/1941 - 12/31/1946

                             Korean Conflict    06/27/1950 – 01/31/1955

                             Vietnam Era         02/28/1961 – 05/07/1975

                             Gulf War               08/21/1990 – to a date set by law

b)                 The credit cannot be established in any other retirement system.

c)                  The veteran was discharged under conditions other than dishonorable.

d)                 The credit may be granted conditionally upon the veteran becoming vested; prior to vesting, the credit may not be used to establish any rights under the State Retirement System. 

 

 

TCA 46-6-101 to 104 – STATE VETERANS CEMETERIES

 

Establishes eligibility for interment of honorably discharged veterans and dependents.

 

 

TCA 49-2-119 – DIPLOMAS FOR WORLD WAR OR KOREAN WAR VETERANS

 

High School diplomas may be issued to veterans whose education was interrupted by service in World War I, World War II, or the Korean War.  The veteran is not required to be a current resident of the State of Tennessee at the time of the request for a diploma.  A surviving spouse or other immediate family member of a deceased veteran may also request the diploma.

 

TCA 49-4-9 – HELPING HEROES GRANT FOR VETERANS

 

The grant will be available each year to as many as 375 eligible veterans on a first-come, first-serve basis and will award $1,000 to students completing at least twelve (12) semester hours each term.   Applicants need to have been awarded The Iraq Campaign Medal, The Afghanistan Campaign Medal, or The Global War on Terrorism expeditionary Medal.  For further eligibility requirements and information, visit the website, www.CollegePaysTn.com.

 

TCA 49-7-102 – DEPENDENTS OF CERTAIN VETERANS, TUITION FEES

 

A dependent child in the state is entitled to receive free tuition, maintenance fees, student activity fees, registration fees, and to be admitted without cost to any of the colleges or universities owned, operated and maintained by the State, whose parent (mother or father) was killed or died as a direct result of injuries received or officially reported as being either a prisoner-of-war or missing-in-action while serving as a member of the Armed Forces during a qualifying period of armed conflict.

 

To be eligible for these benefits, the dependent child must present a certificate from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, and he/she can not be receiving benefits under Public Law 634 or such other Federal Laws offering like or similar benefits, and must meet the above requirements.

 

 TCA 55-4-235 – SPECIAL LICENSE PLATE for FORMER PRISONERS-OF-WAR

 

Provides for any prisoners-of-war, who are Tennessee residents, to apply for and receive two (2) special free vehicle license plates.

 

TCA 55-4-236 – REGISTRATION PLATES, MEDAL RECIPIENTS

 

Provides for recipients of the Medal of Honor, Distinguished Services Cross, Navy Cross, or the Air Force Cross to apply for and receive two (2) special free identifying vehicle license plates.

 

TCA 55-4-237 – FREE LICENSE PLATES for 100% SERVICE-CONNECTED VETERANS

 

Sets forth conditions under which disabled veterans may apply for and receive special license plates. 

 

TCA 55-4-238 – PEARL HARBOR SURVIVORS

 

Provides procedures for application and issue of special and distinctive Tennessee license plates for bona fide survivors who were present at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7, 1941.

 

TCA 55-4-239 – SPECIAL LICENSE PLATES FOR PURPLE HEART RECIPIENTS

 

Provides for holders of the Purple Heart Medal, who are Tennessee residents, to apply for and receive two (2) special free vehicle license plates.

 

TCA 55-8-160 – PARKING PRIVILEGES FOR FREE LICENSE PLATE HOLDERS

 

Provides procedures for handicapped persons, including veterans, to apply for and receive a special handicapped parking permit.

 

TCA 58-7-102 (B) & 58-7-112 – STATE VETERANS HOMES

 

Provides procedures for eligibility requirements for admission into Tennessee State Veterans Homes for veterans who are entitled to medical treatment and/or other benefits from the USDVA, and who meet at least one of the additional requirements:

 

  • Residents of Tennessee at time of admission
  • Born in Tennessee
  • Entered the U.S. Armed Forces in Tennessee
  • Tennessee is the official home of record on veteran’s military records
  • Has an immediate family member or legal guardian who would serve as primary caregiver who is a resident of Tennessee

 

 

TCA 66-24-101 (20) – REGISTRATION OF DISCHARGES BY COUNTY REGISTRAR

County Registrars are required to register separation document DD-214 (discharges) without charge to the person named in the discharge, or to the holder of such discharge.

 

TCA 67-5-704 – PROPERTY TAX RELIEF FOR SEVERLY DISABLED VETERANS AND/OR                                     SURVIVING SPOUSES

 

Disability must meet one of the following categories:

 

1.                 A service-connected disability that resulted in:

                             a)  Paraplegia OR

                             b)  Permanent paralysis of both legs and lower part of the body resulting from traumatic injury or disease to the spinal cord or brain; OR

                             c)  Loss, or loss of use of, two (2) or more limbs; OR

                             d)  Legal blindness

2.                 A total and permanent disability rating from a service-connected disability.

3.                 A 100% total and permanent disability rating from being a prisoner of war.

 

Must own and use property as primary residence.  The maximum market value on which tax relief is calculated is $175,000.

 

Property tax relief shall also be extended to the surviving spouse of a disabled veteran who at the time of the disabled veteran’s death was eligible for disabled veteran’s property tax relief.

  

TCA 70- 2-104 – HUNTING & FISHING LICENSE FOR WAR-TIME DISABLED VETERANS

 

Authorizes issuance of a sport fishing and hunting license with a one-time $10 fee to residents of Tennessee who are 100% permanent and totally disabled from service connected cause, or by reason of service in any war are 30% or more disabled.