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    You’ve just been rated 100% disabled by the Veterans Affairs. After the excitement of finally having the rating you deserve wears off, you start asking questions. One of the first questions that you might ask is this: It’s a legitimate question – rare is the Veteran that finds themselves sitting on the couch eating bon-bons … Continue reading

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State of Missouri Department of Veterans Affairs

Veterans Service Officers (MVC's Service to Veterans Program)

Located in nearly every county of the state, Veterans Service Officers and Assistants are highly trained individuals who provide counselling and assistance in completing and submitting applications for VA and State Veterans Benefits, as well as any necessary follow-up claimwork. These services are provided free of charge to Missouri's veterans and their dependents.

Missouri Veterans Homes

A current total of seven skilled nursing homes are located throughout Missouri, providing 3 levels of skilled nursing care at minimal cost to the veteran. Under the management of Missouri Veterans Commission, these homes are located in Cameron, Warrensburg, Mexico, St. Louis, St. James, Cape Girardeau, and Mt. Vernon.

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State Veterans Cemeteries

Missouri Veterans Commission currently operates two State Veterans Cemeteries, one each in Springfield and Higginsville. Construction for two additional veterans cemeteries began in the Summer of 2002, and these new cemeteries, one each in Jacksonville and Bloomfield, plan to begin first burials in early Summer 2003.

World War II Medals and Medallions

Certain Missouri veterans are eligible for the WW II medallion, medal and certificate. Details for eligibility can be found by visiting the MO National Guard's Website.

Every eligible Missouri World War II veteran of the June 6, 1944, "D-Day" invasion of Europe will receive a replica of the 50th anniversary "Jubilee of Liberty" medals issued by France in 1994. The same application submits the veteran for the World War II recognition and the D-Day awards.

For a Veterans Service Officer/Assistant to assist you with this application click here: MO County Map.

Veterans' Preference with State of Missouri Employment

Missouri Veterans receive five-point preference when testing for any position with the state, with a ten point preference for a service-connected disabled veteran. Spouses of eligible veterans can also qualify for Veterans Preference for State testing. Please click the link below for more detailed information.

http://www.moga.state.mo.us/statutes/c200-299/2850000237.htm

Priority For Qualified Veterans Employment

State agencies which administer federally funded employment and training programs for veterans shall give priority to qualified veterans and other eligible persons.

Free Automobile License Plates

Veterans who are rated 100% for service-connected disabilities, or in need of adaptive equipment, as well as Medal of Honor recipients, former POWs and widows of former POWs qualify for Free Automobile License Plates. Other veteran plates are available for a $15.00 fee. The state requires a physician's statement to verify eligibility for disabled license plates and a letter from the Dept. of Veterans Affairs verifying the veteran's 100% rating. The form used by DOR for the Physician's statement can be found at the following:

http://www.dor.mo.gov/mvdl/motorv/forms/1776.pdf

Effective Aug. 28, 2006, Gov Blunt made it easier for veterans with these license plates to renew their plates. If they already have the license plates for disabled veterans, they will no longer have to provide a new physician's statement every four years to qualify. The remainder of requirements remain the same. Please click on the following link for more info:

http://www.dor.mo.gov/news/2006/EEVuypAV.htm

Free Fishing & Hunting License

Any honorably discharged resident veteran having a service-related disability of 60% or more, or who was a prisoner of war during military service, may take fish, live bait, clams, mussels, turtles and frogs without permit (except trout permit or daily tag in areas where prescribed), and may take wildlife as provided in Chapter 7 without permit (except deer and turkey hunting permits and the Migratory Bird Hunting Permit as prescribed); provided, while hunting or fishing s/he carries a certified statement of eligibility from the Veterans Administration. For detailed information about Dept. of Conservation regulations concerning veterans with service connected disabilities, click the link above.

Please click the link below for more detailed information.

http://www.sos.state.mo.us/adrules/csr/current/3csr/3c10-5.pdf

Tax Exemption for AO Settle Payments Agent Orange Settlement Payments made for the Agent Orange Fund to a veteran or his dependents are exempt from state tax.

Vietnam Veterans Survivor Grant Program

Legislation passed in 1991 provides that certain surviving widows and children of Vietnam Veterans may qualify to receive tuition-free scholarships to attend institutions of post-secondary education in Missouri. The veteran's death must be attributable to illness that could possibly be a result of exposure to toxic chemicals such as "Agent Orange" during the Vietnam conflict in order for the survivor to qualify. The maximum annual grant amount is the least of: the actual tuition charged at the school in which you are enrolled full time, or the average amount of tuition charged to a Missouri undergraduate resident enrolled full time in the same class level and in the same academic major at the Missouri public four-year, regional institutions. Click on the link below for additional information.

http://www.dhe.mo.gov/MOSTARS/vvsgp.htm

Property Tax Credit and Homestead

The Department of Revenue administers two real estate tax assistance programs for qualified senior citizens and 100 percent disabled individuals, The Missouri Property Tax Credit Claim (MO-PTC) and the Homestead Preservation Credit (HPC). If you own and occupy your home but your income restricts you from qualifying for the MO-PTC, you may be

eligible for the HPC. You can only receive ONE of the credits. You should determine

which tax credit program is more beneficial to you. Your federal adjusted gross income

cannot exceed $70,000 to qualify for the Home Preservation Credit.

Information concerning the MO Property Tax Credit Claim can be found at the following site:

http://www.dor.mo.gov/tax/personal/ptc/

Frequently asked questions concerning the Homestead Preservation Credit can be found at the following site:

http://www.dor.mo.gov/tax/personal/homestead/

For assistance in applying for all State and/or Federal Veterans benefits, click Veterans Service Officer/Assistants.

http://www.mvc.dps.mo.gov/State_Ben.htm

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I see Missouri is real generous with their property tax for 100% disabled veterans..living in other states as a 100% disabled veteran usually didn't have to pay any property taxes as it should be if the State really appreciated their Veterans, but not Missouri..no they will squeeze as much as they can from Veteran's who no longer have the ability to work and are locked in to a rate for the remainder of their life..not like the general joe population who can find a job, climb the corporate ladder to increase their income, go to college to broaden their horizons..no the 100% disabled vet is locked into his/her rate..maybe getting a cheesy cost of living allowance every year..certainly not an end of the year package from corporate or the boss..Missouri you are behind the times and could care less for your Veterans..I'm missing a leg and a half, with one arm shredded and some burns on my back that never seem to heal even after all these years I still feel the fire and smell the burning flesh..Hey you wanna trade places Gov.??? I didn't think so.

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