State / Territory Benefits - Connecticut
Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Benefits
Health and Insurance Benefits
Parks and Recreation Benefits
Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Facilities
Summary: Connecticut offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including a Soldiers, Sailors' and Marines' fund, state employment preferences, education and tuition assistance, vehicle tags, as well as hunting and fishing license privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component, and Veteran disability status.
State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility
State Tax Advantage: Property tax advantage varies by town.
Retired Military Pay: Connecticut exempts 50% of federally taxable military retirement pay from the state income tax. The exemption applies to federal retirement pay to members of the U. S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and Army and Air National Guard.
Military Disability Retired Pay: Retirees who entered the military before September 24, 1975, and members receiving disability retirements based on combat injuries or who could receive disability payments from the VA are covered by laws giving disability broad exemption from federal income tax. Most military retired pay based on service-related disabilities also is free from federal income tax, but there is no guarantee of total protection.
VA Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: VA benefits are not taxable because they generally are for disabilities and are not subject to federal or state taxes.
Military SBP/RCSBP/RSFPP: Connecticut exempts 50% of federally taxable military benefits received by a beneficiary under an option or election made by a retired member.
Property Tax Exemption: A reduction of the assessed value of property for tax purposes is available - $1,500.00 deducted from the assessed value of either real estate or automobile before tax is assessed. Veterans below a certain income level and/or have service connected disabilities are eligible for additional property tax exemptions (up to $10,000 for paraplegics).
Eligibility: Veterans who have at least 90 days of active duty during wartime and are honorably discharged. Veterans below a certain income level and/or disabled Veterans are eligible for additional property tax exemptions. Surviving Spouses of Veterans may also be eligible for this benefit.
Automobile Sales Tax for Military Personnel: Members of the U.S. armed forces who are residents of Connecticut are subject to a 6.35% (7% for vehicles over $50,000) sales and use tax. Members of the U.S. Armed Forces who are stationed in Connecticut on full-time active duty and are residents of another state may purchase motor vehicles from a licensed Connecticut dealer at a reduced sales tax rate of 4.5%. Nonresident military personnel may also jointly purchase motor vehicles with their Spouses from a licensed Connecticut dealer at the 4.5% sales tax rate.
Eligibility: Members of the U.S. Armed Forces must provide proof to the motor vehicle dealer that they are not Connecticut residents and that they are on full-time active duty in Connecticut.
Veterans Tuition Waiver: Tuition waivers for certain Veterans and Family members (see eligibility requirements below) cover 100% of tuition for General Fund course at all public colleges and universities and 50% for Extension Fund and summer courses at Connecticut State Universities. Veterans may attend Connecticut Public Colleges and Universities tuition free. Connecticut statutes provide that tuition may be waived for qualified Veterans attending the University of Connecticut, Connecticut State Universities and the 12 Community Technical Colleges. Waivers cover only the cost of tuition for credit-bearing undergraduate and graduate programs. Books, student activity and course fees, parking, and room and board are not waived. If a Veteran has elected to receive benefits under the Federal Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 (Post 9/11 GI Bill), these are applied first, and the tuition waiver pays the balance.
The following are eligible for the tuition waiver:
Active members of the Connecticut Army and Air National Guard,
Resident who is a dependent Child or surviving Spouse of any Connecticut-resident Armed Forces Service member killed in action on or after September 11, 2001,
State residents who are dependent Children of a person whom has been declared either missing in action or a prisoner of war while serving in the Armed Forces after January 1, 1960.
Veterans must be honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces, 90 days active Military duty during war, and Connecticut residents at least for one year upon enrolling in college. Veterans must have been accepted in a degree program.
Veterans must provide supporting documentation (i.e. DD214) showing time-in-service and nature of discharge. Spouses or surviving Family members must provide proper documentation of the Service member's status (KIA/MIA/POW).
Periods of Service - Only those Veterans who served in the following manner may qualify:
Active duty for at least (90) days in the following:
Korean Hostilities (June 27, 1950 to January 31, 1995 or active duty in the DMZ after Feb 1 1955)
Vietnam (February 28, 1961 to July 1, 1975)
Persian Gulf Era (August 2, 1990 - a date to be determined by Presidential proclamation or federal law - Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) and Iraqi Freedom are included in this category),
Active duty in Somalia after Dec 2, 1992
Active duty in Bosnia after December 20, 1995, OR:
Engaged in combat or in combat support role in the:
Lebanon Conflict (July 1, 1958 to November 1, 1958)
-Peace Keeping Mission in Lebanon (September 29, 1982 to March 30, 1984)
Grenada Invasion (October 25, 1983 to December 15, 1983)
Operation Earnest Will (July 24, 1987 to August 1, 1990)
Panama Invasion (December 20, 1989 to January 31, 1990)
High School Diplomas and Veterans of WWII: Local Boards of Education may award diplomas to those WWII Veterans who did not receive them when they left high school before graduation for military service.
Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children: It is the purpose of this compact to remove barriers to educational success imposed on Children of military Families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:
Facilitating the timely enrollment of Children of military Families and ensuring that they are not placed at a disadvantage due to difficulty in the transfer of educational records from the previous school district or variations in entrance or age requirements.
Facilitating the student placement process through which Children of military Families are not disadvantaged by variations in attendance requirements, scheduling, sequencing, grading, course content or assessment. Facilitating the qualification and eligibility for enrollment, educational programs, and participation in extracurricular academic, athletic and social activities.
Facilitating the on-time graduation of Children of military Families.
Providing for the promulgation and enforcement of administrative rules implementing the provisions of this compact.
Providing for the uniform collection and sharing of information between and among member states, schools and military Families under this compact.
Promoting coordination between this compact and other compacts affecting military Children.
Promoting flexibility and cooperation between the educational system, parents and the student in order to achieve educational success for the student.
Primary Point of Contact:
Louis Tallarita, Education Consultant
Connecticut State Department of Education
Address: 25 Industrial Park Rd, Middletown, CT 06457-1520
Connecticut Veterans' Employment Initiative: In accordance with HR 117 and the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, Connecticut has established an outreach program for Veterans' employment counseling and assistance through the CT Department of Labor. Local Veterans' Employment Representatives (LVERs) and Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) specialists are on-hand to assist Veterans with resume preparation, job search/networking assistance, and general support and counseling. Through the CT DOL website, Veterans can request an appointment with a Veteran Representative, find LVER/DVOP locations, and obtain contact information for their respective representative.
Eligibility: All Veterans discharged under other than dishonorable conditions and their Spouses are eligible for this program.
Employment Reinstatement: An employee who leaves any public authority or public agency to enter the armed forces can be reinstated in their former position. Veterans must reapply within ninety (90) days following receipt of a certificate from the armed forces confirming satisfactory service.
Veterans' Preference: Veterans' Preference gives eligible Veterans preference in appointment over many other applicants. Veterans' preference applies, to virtually all new appointments in both the competitive and excepted service. Veterans' preference does not guarantee Veterans a job and it does not apply to internal agency actions such as promotions, transfers, reassignments and reinstatements.
Eligibility: There are two types of preference eligibility:
You are a 5 point preference eligible if your active duty service meets any of the following:
180 or more consecutive days, any part of which occurred during the period beginning September 11, 2001 and ending on a future date prescribed by Presidential proclamation or law as the last date of Operation Iraqi Freedom, OR
Between August 2, 1990 and January 2, 1992, OR
180 or more consecutive days, any part of which occurred after January 31, 1955 and before October 15, 1976.
In a war, campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized or between April 28, 1952 and July 1, 1955.
You are a 10 point preference eligible if you served at any time, and you:
have a service connected disability, OR
received a Purple Heart.
Only Veterans discharged or released from active duty in the armed forces under honorable conditions are eligible for Veterans' preference. This means you must have been discharged under an honorable or general discharge.
If you are a "retired member of the armed forces" you are not included in the definition of preference eligible unless you are a disabled Veteran OR you retired below the rank of major or its equivalent.
Employment Assistance: State employees receive 15 days paid military leave each calendar year.
Eligibility: Members of the National Guard or Army Reserve
Employment Assistance for State Employees Called to Active Duty: Connecticut provides up to 30 days paid leave for state employees called to federal active-duty service in Iraq and Afghanistan, and to federal or state action in support of Operation Liberty Shield or other domestic anti-terrorism efforts in the United States. It also pays the difference between the employee's state pay (including longevity) and his military pay after 30 days. The law also provides continued state health insurance coverage for the employee and any dependents for the duration of service, so long as the employee continues to make the same insurance payments required before activation.
Eligibility: Members of the National Guard or Army Reserve
Military Leave from Employment: Effective October 1, 2013 the employer of any employee who is a member of the Army Reserve or National Guard who is ordered to perform military duty, including meetings or drills, during regular working hours shall allow such employee leave of absence for such purpose. The employee shall not be subjected to any loss or reduction of vacation or holiday privileges by reason of such absence, or is prejudiced by reason of such absence with reference to promotion or continuance in office or employment, or to reappointment to office or reemployment.
Unemployment Insurance (UI) is temporary income for workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own and who are either looking for new jobs, in approved training, or awaiting recall to employment. The funding for UI benefits comes from taxes paid by employers. Workers do not pay any of the costs. To qualify for unemployment benefits, you must have earned sufficient wages during a specified time (monetary eligibility). To collect those benefits, you must meet certain legal eligibility requirements.
To apply for Unemployment Insurance, you must complete an initial (or new) claim by telephone. A claim should be filed with the Connecticut Department of Labor (CTDOL) TeleBenefits Line as soon as you are separated from employment.
Veteran's Flag Identifier for Driver License or Identity Card: All Connecticut Veterans with qualifying service (serving in the Armed Forces for more than 90 days, not including initial entry training) are eligible to receive the Veterans' identifier on their driver license or identity card.
Eligibility: In order to receive Veterans' flag on an existing CT license or identity card, the Veteran must submit the following to CDVA:
Completed and signed application form (CTDVA VL-1)
Documentary proof of qualifying military service, i.e., military ID card, DD214 or pre-1950 WG AGO discharge certificate. All discharges must be honorable or under honorable conditions.
Special Vehicle License, Registration and License Plates: There are now a number of special military license plates available including: Disabled American Veteran, First Company Governor's Foot Guard, First Company Governor's Horse Guard, Flag-Style Veteran, Gold Star Family, Greater Hartford Chapter of 82nd Airborne, Iwo Jima Survivor, Korean War Veterans Association Inc., Laos Veterans of America, Marine Corps League, Inc., Military Order of the Purple Heart, National Guard Association of Connecticut (Active), National Guard of Connecticut (Retired), Pearl Harbor 1941, Second Company Governor's Foot Guard, U.S. Submarine Veteran, and the Veteran Motorcycle Plate.
Motor Vehicle License: Former POWs and recipients of the Medal of Honor are entitled to free motor vehicle registration and special plates. Veterans who were state residents at the time of induction and who apply within two (2) years of receiving an honorable discharge are exempt from paying for an operator's license and examination fees for one (1) licensing period.
State law also provides that fees may be waived for the following registration items, subject to a formal determination by the Department of Motor Vehicles:
-- Special license plates for disabled Veterans.
-- Special fee license plates for certain disabilities (loss of use or loss of limb, or blind) handicapped and overtime parking.
-- If receiving auto grant from the VA or Medal of Honor recipient, exemption from registration fees.
License and Vehicle Registration Waiver: Connecticut general statues allow for the waiver of license and registration fees for any resident of Connecticut who is on active duty with the armed forces of the US and for two (2) years following the date of their honorable discharge. National Guard members and Reservists are eligible if they have been called to active duty for any length of time and show their active duty orders.
Eligibility: Must be honorably discharged from a component of the U.S. Armed Forces. An Application for Waiver of Registration Fee for Someone in the Military (form B-276) must be submitted along with the renewal notice.
Prisoner of War (POW) Registrations Plate Tag: A POW registration can be issued to any member or former member of the armed forces who is a former Prisoner of War. There is no fee for a new POW registration, transfer, or renewal. However, all other fees apply (i.e. title fee, lien, clean air act fee, etc.).
Eligibility: The vehicle to be registered must be owned or leased by the former POW. A letter of approval from the Veteran's Administration is needed to verify the prisoner of war status and must be submitted on VA letterhead. A registrant is limited to only two (2) POW plates. Vehicles can be registered in the following classes only: passenger, camper, and combination. Upon the death of the POW, the surviving Spouse may retain the plate for their lifetime or until they remarry.
Disabled American Veterans Organization Plate: In order to purchase these plates, you must:
Be a member of the Disabled American Veterans Organization.
Contact the liaison listed below to obtain an application.
Be sure that the vehicle is currently registered in Connecticut.
Gold Star Family Plate: This plate serves as a memorial for Connecticut Service members who were killed in the line of duty. There is no fee for off-the-shelf license plates and the remake of a current marker plate. There is a fee of $69.00 for new vanity plates.
Eligibility: To order these plates, the vehicle must be currently registered in Connecticut. This plate is available to their immediate Family members. Immediate Family consists of Spouse, Mother, Father, Brother, Sister, Child, Grandmother or Grandfather.
Medical Benefits: Full medical
Eligibility: National Guard for line-of-duty
Group Insurance: Free life insurance of $20,000 for accidental death; State association offers members $50,000
Eligibility: National Guard Federal or State Active Duty
Injury: Worker's Compensation
Eligibility: National Guard State Active Duty
Death Benefits: $20,000 to beneficiary
Eligibility: National Guard Federal or State Active Duty
Hunting and Fishing Privileges: Any active, full time member of the Armed Forces can purchase hunting, trapping and fishing Licenses for the same fee as a Connecticut residence.
Eligibility: Active Duty Service member
Free Inland Fishing and Hunting: Any resident with the loss of a limb or the loss of the use of a limb and a doctor's certificate may be issued a free license. Qualified nonresidents who are residents of states which allow CT residents the same privileges are also eligible.
Armed Forces Members Marine Waters Fishing License: Any active, full-time member of the armed forces may be issued a fishing license for the resident fee of $10.00. Credentials indicating active full-time membership or separation subsequent to the issuance of the license and prior to its expiration date must be carried while fishing or hunting.
Free Marine Waters Fishing License for Disabled Persons: Any resident with the loss of a limb or the loss of the use of a limb and a doctor's certificate may be issued a free license. Qualified nonresidents who are residents of states which allow CT residents the same privileges are also eligible.
Disabled Veteran Pass (Life Use): The Disabled Veteran Pass provides access to the State Parks and Forests and is available free to Connecticut residents who have a service connected disability.
The pass is accepted at all day use areas where a parking fee applies. Presenting it allows free access for the entering vehicle and passengers. The pass holder does not have to be the vehicle driver.
Free admittance is also provided for the Disabled Veteran Pass holder when visiting Gillette Castle, Dinosaur or Fort Trumbull State Parks. All other visitors, however, will be required to pay the appropriate fee.
Please note that each pass is issued to a specific person and can only be used when presented by that individual. The passes are non-transferable. They are not valid for camping or special events having separate admission charges and may not be used for commercial purposes.
Soldiers, Sailors' and Marines' Fund: A state fund administered by the American Legion for the purpose of providing temporary financial assistance. This benefit is for those who are disabled, unemployed, or sick. This fund provides for emergency needs such a clothing, food, medical and surgical aid, and general care and relief. To be eligible for assistance you must demonstrate "need".
Eligibility: A Veteran who is a Connecticut resident with 90 days of active duty service during a statutory wartime period with honorable discharge.
Veterans' Home at Rocky Hill, CT: The Healthcare Center at the CT Veterans' Home provides long term care to Veterans with chronic and disabling medical conditions. These conditions include but are not limited to heart and lung disease, stroke, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and other dementias. The program also provides End-of-Life care, Palliative care and Respite care. The Healthcare Center is licensed by the CT Department of Public Health as a Chronic Disease Hospital.
Eligibility: Eligibility to enter the facility is restricted to those with an Honorable Discharge or General under Honorable Conditions. The Veteran must also be a current resident of the State of Connecticut. To qualify for admission to the Healthcare Center a Veteran must:
Submit an application in advance
Submit a report of medical history and physical examination
Pass an eligibility check
Have a chronic medical condition or need which requires skilled nursing care or requires 24 hour assistance or supervision with activities of daily living
Fellowship House: The Fellowship House is a residential substance abuse recovery support program, is located on the grounds of the State of Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), providing a variety of substance abuse services to eligible Veterans who have chosen to be clean and sober and whose long term desire is to reintegrate back into the community. It is designed to assist and support eligible Veterans after successful completion of either day or inpatient rehabilitation programs. The services provided are matched to a client's level of medical care, including full medical, psychosocial, psychological, and tertiary psychiatric follow-up. These levels of care are provided while a patient resides in our treatment facility, which is physically separate from the Domicile on grounds. The Fellowship House program is closely interfaced with other service programs at the State Veterans Home of the Department of Veterans Affairs, whose programs primarily focus is on educational and vocational programs, employment counseling, and job placement assistance.
Eligibility: All residents at the Veterans' Home and Hospital are eligible for treatment/supportive rehabilitation services. Admission to the Veterans' Recovery Center Program is coordinated through the regular Rocky Hill admission office procedures AND the admission coordinator for the program. Veterans are eligible for services through the Department of Veterans' Affairs after completing an application for admission AND a successful review by the admissions committee.
State of Connecticut Veterans' Cemetery: The State Veteran's Cemetery is located in Middletown, Ct.
Eligibility: Any Veteran discharged with other than a dishonorable discharge, who has completed at least twenty years of service in the Connecticut National Guard; or who was killed in action, or who died as a result of accident or illness sustained while performing active service. All Veterans who served at least 90 days of active duty and were released from the Armed Forces under honorable conditions and who either entered the service as a resident of the state of Connecticut or died as a resident of the state of Connecticut and their Spouses are eligible for burial. Honorable service in the Armed Forces of any country allied with the United States is also acceptable.
Veterans Health Administration
VA Health Care System
West Haven: VA Connecticut Healthcare System, 950 Campbell Ave, 203-932-5711
VA Medical Centers
Newington: VA Connecticut Healthcare System Newington Campus, 555 Willard Ave, 860-666-6951
West Haven: VA Connecticut Healthcare System West Haven Campus, 950 Campbell Ave, 203-932-5711
Community Based Outpatient Clinic
Danbury: Danbury Outpatient Clinic, 7 Germantown Rd, Suite 2B, 203-798-8422
New London: John J. McGuirk (New London) VA Outpatient Clinic, Shaw's Cove Four, 860-437-3611
Stamford: Stamford Outpatient Clinic, 1275 Summer St, Suite 102, 203-325-0649
Waterbury: Waterbury Outpatient Clinic, 95 Scovill St, 203-465-5292
Willimantic: Willimantic Outpatient Clinic, 1320 Main St, 860-450-7583
Winsted: Winsted Outpatient Clinic, 115 Spencer St, 860-738-6985
Vet Center - 877-927-8387
Danbury: Danbury Vet Center, 457 North Main St, 203-790-4000
Norwich: Norwich Vet Center, 2 Cliff St, 860-887-1755 / Fax: 860-887-2444
Rocky Hill: Hartford Vet Center, 25 Elm St, Suite A, 860-563-8800, 877-927-8387 / Fax: 860-563-8805
West Haven: New Haven Vet Center, 141 Captain Thomas Blvd, 203-932-9899 / Fax: 203-937-9419
Veterans Benefits Administration
Newington: Hartford Regional Office, 555 Willard Ave, 1-800-827-1000
Military Installations in Connecticut
United States Army Reserve (USAR)
Document Review Date: 3 February 2015