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State Benefits Survey: Connecticut

Posted by Gregory M. Rada | January 10, 2014 | State Veteran Benefits

Considering I benefited from Connecticut’s veteran programs, it’s right that I  review of some of the more popular state benefits available to Connecticut vets. In my opinion, the most helpful benefits are:

Tuition Waiver

You are eligible for a tuition waiver if you are an honorably-discharged wartime veteran accepted to a state college and residing in Connecticut. A “wartime” veteran is someone who has served at least 90 days active duty during a period of war. Tuition will be waived at the University of Connecticut, any Connecticut State University (Eastern, Central, Western, Southern), and any of the state’s 12 Community-Technical Colleges. Other costs are not waived – such as books, parking, room and board, and student/course fees. You can, of course, use your Post-9/11 GI Bill to cover those costs.

Property Tax Exemption

State law mandates all towns give qualified veterans a property tax exemption ranging from $3,000 to $1,500, depending on the veteran’s income. Besides the state-mandated exemption, its important to know that towns are allowed to grant additional exemptions. To qualify for either or both exemptions, you will have to bring a copy of your DD-214 to your town clerk.

Retired Military Pay Exemption

Starting in 2008, perhaps in a bid to slow the stem of retirees moving to Florida and other states with no income tax, Connecticut began exempting 50% of veterans’ federally-taxable military retirement pay from state income tax. Up until then, Connecticut was one of only six states that did not exempt from state income tax any portion of a veteran’s military retirement pay.

While I think these are the most significant benefits available to veterans in Connecticut, you should check out the Connecticut Department of Veterans’ Affairs website which offers a comprehensive list of all state benefits (veteran employment, news and events, health care information, housing information, and burial benefits). 

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Gregory Rada is a Veterans Benefits Attorney who practices Nationwide. He graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Law, and has been practicing law for eight years. Gregory Rada believes in fighting for fellow veterans. Learn more about his experience by clicking here.