State / Territory Benefits - South Carolina
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Summary: The State of South Carolina offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including Income Tax Exemption on Retirement Pay, Property Tax Exemptions, 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. Section 25-11-10 of the SC Code provides that the Office of Veterans' Affairs shall assist all ex-service personnel, regardless of wars in which their service may have been rendered, in filing, presenting and prosecuting to final determination all claims which they have for money compensation, hospitalization, training and insurance benefits under the terms of federal legislation. These services are extended to eligible dependents, including parents, Widows, Children and orphans of ex-service personnel.
State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility
State Tax Advantage: Pay for (1) annual training period not to exceed 15 days for guard members or 14 days plus travel time for reserve members, (2) weekend drills, and (3) other inactive duty training is exempt from state tax.
Eligibility: South Carolina Air and Army National Guard or Reserve Service members.
Retired Military Pay: Retirees with 20 or more years of active duty can deduct up to $3,000 annually until age 65 and up to $10,000 per year after age 65. This deduction extends to the surviving Spouse. Pension or retirement income received for time served in the National Guard or Reserve components is not taxable. Survivor benefits are taxed following federal tax rules.
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.
Income Tax Exemption on Retirement Pay: Any person retired from the uniformed services or their surviving Spouse shall be allowed an exemption from the South Carolina State Income Tax of $3,000 until age 65. At age 65, $10,000 of retirement pay is exempt. This deduction extends to the surviving Spouse. Pension or retirement income received for time served in the National Guard or Reserve components is not taxable. Survivor benefits are taxed following federal tax rules.
Eligibility: Any person retired from the U.S. Armed Forces or surviving Spouse.
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: Generally subject to state taxes for those states with income tax. Check with state department of revenue office.
Property Tax Homestead Exemption: The Homestead Exemption is a complete exemption of taxes on the first $50,000 in Fair Market Value of your Legal Residence for homeowners over age 65, totally and permanently disabled, or legally blind. The Homestead Exemption credit continues to completely exempt the value of $50,000 for all purposes except for school operating purposes.
Eligibility: Veterans who have been declared permanently and totally disabled by the Social Security Administration, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, other state or federal agencies, This also applies to persons over age 65. The surviving Spouse of a qualified or potentially qualified Homestead recipient may receive the benefit as a surviving Spouse as long as they remain unmarried.
Property Tax Exemption: Provides that the dwelling house in which a Veteran resides and two private passenger vehicles owned or leased by the Veteran may be tax exempt. Property lot is not to exceed one acre of land. The tax exemption may be transferred when purchasing another dwelling. The vehicles qualify for an exemption if special 'Disabled Veteran' license tags have been issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles, or in lieu of the license, if the Veteran has a certificate signed by the county service officer or the Veterans Administration of the total and permanent disability which must be filed with the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Eligibility: Veterans who have been rated as permanently and totally disabled by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs with one of the following conditions diagnosed and included in the disability:
Paraplegia, hemiplegia, or quadriplegia
Parkinson's, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
The surviving Spouse is also entitled to the exemption from property taxes for the home and one (1) passenger vehicle if the Spouse remains unmarried, resides in the dwelling and acquires the ownership in the property in fee or for life.
Dwelling home Exempt from Property Tax: Dwelling home of a Medal of Honor or Prisoner of War Recipient, the dwelling home and lot not to exceed one acre of land owned in fee or for life or jointly with a Spouse by a resident of this State who is a recipient of the Medal of Honor or who was a prisoner of war in World War I, World War II, the Korean Conflict, or the Vietnam Conflict are exempt from property tax. This exemption is allowed to the surviving Spouse who owned the house in fee or for life or jointly with the now deceased Spouse, if the Spouse remains unmarried, resides in the house, and owns the house in fee or for life.
College Assistance: South Carolina National Guard College Assistance Program (SCNG CAP) will pay grants up to $4,500 per academic year towards a student's cost of attendance at state public and independent schools with a cap of $18,000 per Service member. SCNG College Assistance Program Application. A SCNG CAP recipient shall not qualify for more than one hundred thirty (130) attempted semester hours or related quarter hours from the time of initial eligibility.
Eligibility: Army and Air National Guard Service members. Available for first undergraduate degrees only. Only those identified as critical need and in good standing are eligible.
Education Assistance (Free Tuition for Certain Veteran's Children): Provides for free tuition to the Children of certain war Veterans attending South Carolina state supported colleges and universities as well as state supported post high school technical education institutions. Application
Eligibility: Certain residency requirements apply. For questions or to apply contact (803) 647-2434.
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:
Wanda Davis, Ombudsman, Office of Legislative and Public Affairs
Address: 1429 Senate St, Columbia, SC 29201
Dino Teppara, Commissioner Designee, Director of Public Information
South Carolina Department of Education
Address: 1429 Senate St, Columbia, SC | 29201
Employment Assistance: State employees receive 15 workdays of paid military leave for training and 30 days military leave for a declared emergency.
Eligibility: South Carolina Air and Army National Guard members and Army Reserve members.
Veterans Hiring Preferences (Federal): By Federal law, Veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the United States Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over non-Veterans both in hiring into the Federal civil service and in retention during reduction in force. Veterans may be entitled to 5 or 10 points included in any scoring process for examination or interviews.
5-point Hiring Preference: Five points are added to the examination score or rating of a Veteran who served:
- During a war; or
- During the period April 28, 1952 through July 1, 1955; or
- For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred after January 31, 1955, and before October 15, 1976; or
- During the Gulf War from August 2, 1990, through January 2, 1992; or
- For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred during the period beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on August 31, 2010, the last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom; or
- In a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has been authorized. Any Armed Forces Expeditionary medal or campaign badge, including El Salvador, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Southwest Asia, Somalia, and Haiti, qualifies for preference.
10-point Compensable Disability (CP) Preference: Ten points are added to the examination score or rating of:
A Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of at least 10 percent but less than 30 percent.
10-Point 30 Percent Compensable Disability Preference (CPS): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of a Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.
10-Point Disability Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of:
- A Veteran who served at any time and has a present service-connected disability or is receiving compensation, disability retirement benefits, or pension from the military or the Department of Veterans Affairs but does not qualify as a CP or CPS; or
- A Veteran who received a Purple Heart.
10-Point Derived Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of Spouses, Widows, Widowers, or Mothers of Veterans as described below. This type of preference is usually referred to as "derived preference" because it is based on service of a Veteran who is not able to use the preference. Both a Mother and a Spouse (including Widow or Widower) may be entitled to preference on the basis of the same Veteran's service if they both meet the requirements. However, neither may receive preference if the Veteran is living and is qualified for Federal employment.
Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of the Spouse of a disabled Veteran who is disqualified for a Federal position along the general lines of his or her usual occupation because of a service-connected disability. Such a disqualification may be presumed when the Veteran is unemployed and
- Is rated by appropriate military or Department of Veterans Affairs authorities to be 100 percent disabled and/or unemployable; or
- Has retired, been separated, or resigned from a civil service position on the basis of a disability that is service-connected in origin; or
- Has attempted to obtain a civil service position or other position along the lines of his or her usual occupation and has failed to qualify because of a service-connected disability.
Preference may be allowed in other circumstances but anything less than the above warrants a more careful analysis.
A campaign medal holder or Gulf War Veteran who originally enlisted after September 7, 1980, (or began active duty on or after October 14, 1982, and has not previously completed 24 months of continuous active duty) must have served continuously for 24 months or the full period called or ordered to active duty. The 24-month service requirement does not apply to 10-point preference eligible Veterans separated for disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, or to Veterans separated for hardship or other reasons under 10 U.S.C. 1171 or 1173.
Veteran Reemployment Rights: The Federal Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), enacted in October 1994, provides reemployment protection and other benefits for Veterans and employees who perform military service. It clarifies the rights and responsibilities of National Guard and Reserve members, as well as their civilian employers. USERRA was significantly updated in 1996 and 1998 and applies almost universally to all employers, regardless of the size of their business. Contact the US Department of Labor at 1.866.487.2365, or the US Department of Defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves (ESGR) at 1.800.336.4590, or visit them on the web at www.esgr.mil.
Credit of State Retirement for Military Service: A person leaving employment with the State for military duty may continue with the State's Retirement Program if he/she continues to make payments based on the salary he/she was receiving when employed by the State. An employee of the State with two (2) or more years of credited service with the South Carolina Retirement System may also purchase additional credit, up to six years, for military service towards his/her State retirement. Contact State Retirement Systems at 1-800-868-9002 / 803-737-6800 for a cost analysis.
Unemployment Insurance: South Carolina's Department of Employment and Workforce administers the Unemployment Insurance (UI), providing temporary assistance and partial wage replacement to unemployed South Carolina workers. Unemployment Compensation (UC) is money paid to workers who have become unemployed through no fault of their own. The program, funded by employer paid taxes, aids in maintaining the economic stability within a community by safeguarding the income and purchasing power of the unemployed worker.
The Unemployment Insurance (UI) claims process is made up of three steps. Before you file a claim, make sure you understand each step so you can decide which method of filing works best for you. Please note that the below information is a general guideline; the ultimate outcome of your claim is subject to your specific situation.
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If you need assistance applying for benefits, claims representatives are available through Telclaim at 1.866.831.1724 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.
You must submit an initial claim in order for DEW to determine if your circumstances meet the eligibility requirements of the UI program. Filing a claim is the only way for eligibility to be determined.
Initial claims are filed online through the MyBenefits portal. If you don't have computer access, you can apply online using a computer at one of the SC Works Center. Learn more about using the MyBenefits portal here.
Filing your claim will go faster if you have the following important information handy:
Your Social Security number
Your work history for the past 18 months including:
Employers' business names
Employers' phone numbers
Your salary for each employer
If you are not a U.S. citizen, your alien registration number and documentation.
If you served in the military in the past 18 months, DD-214 Form (Member 4 copy).
If you are a federal civilian employee, SF-50 or SF-8 Form.
When applying for benefits, you will choose to receive benefit payments via debit card or direct deposit. For more information, please visit our payment page. Please note that you are required to pay taxes on UI benefits.
You should also make sure to download the Claimant Handbook and read it thoroughly.
When you have successfully submitted your application for UI benefits, you will receive a confirmation number and next-step instructions. If you do not receive a confirmation number, your application has not been submitted.
Once you have submitted your application, DEW will review your claim and determine if you qualify for benefits.
It takes several weeks for DEW to issue a determination on your eligibility for UI benefits. If you are deemed eligible, please note that you will not be paid for the first week of eligibility in each benefit year; this is considered a waiting week.
Operation Palmetto Employment: In 2014, the Governor of South Carolina, in partnership with the South Carolina National Guard and the Department of Employment and Workforce, formed a statewide military employment initiative aimed at reducing the unemployment rate among South Carolina's military community. A network of counselors provide comprehensive statewide Veterans' job placement services including resume preparation, mock interviewing, job fairs, and other related services.
Eligibility: Unemployed Service member, Family member or Veteran
'Veteran' Designation on SC Driver License: SCDMV offers a "VETERAN" designation on driver licenses, identification cards and beginner permits for individuals who served honorably in the United States Armed Forces. To apply, Veterans must present an acceptable document based on the SC Code of Laws 56-1-140 and the standards set by the South Carolina State Office of Veterans' Affairs.
Eligibility: All Service members with an honorable discharge are eligible.
If your military discharge date was AFTER January 1, 1950, you must provide Form DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), which indicates an honorable discharge. No other proof of service will be accepted. If your military discharge date was BEFORE 1950, you must provide a "Certificate of Discharge" or "Enlisted Separation Paper". Veterans discharged before 1950 will not have a Military Form DD-214 because that form did not exist until January 1, 1950. Military dependents, Spouses or civilian employees on military bases are not eligible.
The cost to add the "VETERAN" designation to a driver license, identification card or beginner permit is $1.00. If you add the designation without changing or renewing your license, you will pay only the $1.00 fee. However, if you conduct another license transaction, you will pay $1.00 plus the required transaction fee. Each time you change or renew your credential, you must pay an additional $1.00 fee to add the designation.
Because state law requires documentation of military service, Veterans applying for the designation must visit a DMV office.
Eligibility: To qualify, applicants must be active military personnel or within 12 months after separation of military service. They must also have served in a military position requiring the operation of a military commercial motor vehicle. Applicants must have a valid SC driver license and cannot have held more than one other driver license within the past two years. Drivers whose licenses were suspended, revoked, cancelled or disqualified during the previous two years are not eligible for the waiver.
While other states or entities may provide similar versions of the application, DMV will only accept Form DL-408A for the waiver. The form must be signed by the applicant's Commanding Officer. Service members should allow DMV two weeks to process their applications.
Renewal of License by Mail if Stationed Outside of South Carolina: Active duty military and their dependents, and Department of Defense employees who are stationed outside of South Carolina may renew their driver's license by mail. Mail the following documents to SCDMV, PO Box 1498, Blythewood, SC 29016-0035
Military License Plates: Upon establishing proof of eligibility to entitlement for Veteran or special motor vehicle license plates, the S.C. Department of Public Safety may issue the following special motor vehicle license plates:
Disabled Veteran License Plate: Two plates may be issued per applicant and a surviving Spouse may maintain the license plate until remarried. The plate is free of charge and provides for an exemption of municipal parking meter fees. A handicapped version of this license plate is also available.
Eligibility: Veteran must submit a statement from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs certifying that applicant is a war time disabled Veteran who: 1) is entitled to compensation for the loss of use of one or both legs or arms, or 2) has a permanent impairment of vision in both eyes to a degree as to constitute virtual blindness and is entitled to a special monthly statutory award by reason thereof, or 3) is a South Carolina Veteran classified as totally and permanently disabled due to service-connected disabilities as determined from the medical records on file with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Veterans applying for a handicapped license plate must also submit a Disabled Placard and License Plate Application (RG-007A). South Carolina DMV Application for Military License Plate
Disabled Veteran Motorcycle Plate: This is a free and permanent license plate. Limit two plates per applicant either two vehicle plates, two motorcycle plates or one of each. The applicant cannot have four plates. A handicapped version of this license plate is also available.
Eligibility: Veteran must submit a statement from the County Veterans Affairs or the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs certifying that s/he is a war time disabled Veteran who: 1) is entitled to compensation for the loss of use of one or both legs or arms, or 2) has a permanent impairment of vision in both eyes to a degree as to constitute virtual blindness and is entitled to a special monthly statutory award by reason thereof, or 3) is a SC Veteran classified as totally and permanently disabled due to service-connected disabilities as determined from the medical records on file with the U.S. or county Department of Veteran Affairs. Veterans applying for a handicapped license plate must also submit a Disabled Placard and License Plate Application (RG-007A). South Carolina DMV Application for Military License Plate
Gold Star Family Plate: There is no fee for this plate. Each qualifying Family member may receive, for vehicles registered in their name, a maximum of two plates.
Eligibility: Available to immediate Family members (parent, Spouse, sibling or Child) of service personnel killed in action or while in service. To apply for the plate you must present one of the following documents: DD-2064 DoD Certificate of Death (Overseas) or a DD-1300 DoD Report of Casualty. South Carolina DMV Application for Military License Plate
Medal of Honor: One plate may be issued per applicant. This plate is free of charge and provides for an exemption of municipal parking meter fees.
Eligibility: Veteran must present a letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs certifying that he/she is a recipient of the Medal of Honor. Applicants MUST MAIL this application into the DMV. South Carolina DMV Application for Military License Plate
National Guard: Only three plates may be issued per applicant. The fee for this plate is the regular registration fee.
Eligibility: The National Guard plate is available to members of the Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Retired National Guard or State National Guard. When applying for this plate, DMV will provide a label, which should be placed in top blue area of the plate that reflects guard status. Applicant must present a military I.D. that reflects either current or retired status. South Carolina DMV Application for Military License Plate
Pearl Harbor Survivor: The fee is a regular registration fee plus an additional fee of $15.00. All applications for Pearl Harbor Survivor license plates must be verified by the South Carolina State Chairman of Pearl Harbor Survivors. Applicants for or holders of Purple Heart plates may also receive a handicapped decal that can be affixed to the Purple Heart plate. In order to qualify for the handicapped decal applicants must submit Form RG-007A Disabled Placards & Tags Application, with a physician certifying the handicap.
Eligibility: The Pearl Harbor plate is available to residents who 1) were a member of the United States Armed Forces on December 7, 1941; 2) were on station on December 7, 1941, during the hours of 7:55 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., Hawaii time at Pearl Harbor, the Island of Oahu, or offshore at a distance not exceeding three miles; and 3) received an honorable discharge from the United States Armed Forces. South Carolina DMV Application for Military License Plate
Korean War Veteran Plate: The cost is $20.00 every two years in addition to the regular registration fees. This plate is available by mail only to SC residents who served on active duty during the Korean War.
Eligibility: Applicants must present a form DD-214 or other official documentation certifying active duty service in Korea during the time period of June 25, 1950 to July 27, 1954, or provide certification of receiving the Korean War Service Medal. South Carolina DMV Application for Military License Plate
Prisoner of War: Only two plates may be issued per applicant. This plate is free of charge.
Eligibility: Applicants require a statement from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs certifying that he/she is a prisoner of war in WW2, Korean Conflict or Vietnam Conflict. South Carolina DMV Application for Military License Plate
Purple Heart: Only two plates may be issued per applicant at no cost. A third plate may be obtained for a $30.00 special plate fee plus the regular registration fee. Available by mail only.
Eligibility: Applicants must submit Form DD-214, Purple Heart Citation or letter from the Regional Veterans Administration certifying that the applicant is a recipient of the Purple Heart. South Carolina DMV Application for Military License Plate
Purple Heart Disabled Plate: Available to SC residents who are Purple Heart recipients and who are ALSO certified as permanently handicapped by their physicians. Applicants are limited to two Purple Heart plates at NO COST. A third plate may be purchased for $30.00 plus the regular registration fee. Available by mail only.
Eligibility: The applicant must complete DMV Form MV-37 Application for Military License Plate and must submit a Form DD-214, Purple Heart Citation or a letter from the U.S., Regional or County Veterans Administration certifying that he or she is a recipient of the Purple Heart. Veterans applying for this license plate must also submit a Disabled Placard and License Plate Application (RG-007A). South Carolina DMV Application for Military License Plate
Purple Heart Motorcycle Plate: Limit two plates per applicant. A third plate may be purchased for $30.00 plus the regular registration fee. Available by mail only. The plate can be transferred to another motorcycle owned by the owner, provided that the owner makes application to DMV for the transfer. There is no registration fee for this plate. A handicapped version of this license plate is also available.
Eligibility: The applicant is required to submit a Form DD-214, Purple Heart Citation or a letter from the Regional Veterans Administration certifying that s/he is a recipient of the Purple Heart. Veterans applying for a handicapped license plate must also submit a Disabled Placard and License Plate Application (RG-007A). South Carolina DMV Application for Military License Plate
Silver Star Plate: The cost for the plate is the regular registration fee. This plate is available by mail only.
Eligibility: Applicants must present a form DD-214 or other official documentation certifying that s/he has been awarded the Silver Star Service Medal. South Carolina DMV Application for Military License Plate
Bronze Star Plate: The cost for the plate is the regular registration fee. This plate is available by mail only.
Eligibility: Applicants must present a form DD-214 or other official documentation certifying that she/he has been awarded the Bronze Star Service Medal along with a completed Application for Military License Plate (MV-37). South Carolina DMV Application for Military License Plate
U.S. Armed Forces Retired: Only two plates may be issued per applicant. The fee is $30.00 every two years plus the registration fee. This plate is available by mail only.
Eligibility: Applicant must provide a Form DD-214, Retirement Order, copy of military I.D. reflecting retired status or other verification that applicant is a retired member of the U.S. Armed Forces. South Carolina DMV Application for Military License Plate
U.S. Military Reserve: The fee for the plate is $30.00 every two years plus the registration fee. Limit one plate per Service member.
Eligibility: The Commanding Officer must certify on the application that he/she is an active member and is currently serving in the U.S. Military Reserve. South Carolina DMV Application for Military License Plate
Veteran License Plate: Available to SC residents who have served in the United States Armed Forces active or reserved components. This plate is available for both passenger vehicles and motorcycles. Up to four plates within the Veteran plate class to include Veteran, Veteran Motorcycle and Veteran Wheelchair may be issued to vehicles registered in the name of the Veteran. The cost for this plate is the regular registration fee. No additional fees are required.
Eligibility: Applicant must present their DD-214, indicating that you were honorably discharged. Veterans applying for a handicapped license plate must also submit a Disabled Placard and License Plate Application (RG-007A). South Carolina DMV Application for Military License Plate
Veteran Wheelchair License plate: Available to SC residents who have served in the United States Armed Forces active or reserved components and are ALSO certified as permanently handicapped by their physicians. This plate is available for both passenger vehicles and motorcycles. Up to four plates within the Veteran plate class to include; Veteran, Veteran Motorcycle and Veteran Wheelchair may be issued to vehicles registered in the name of the Veteran. The cost for this plate is $10.00 every two years plus the regular registration fee.
Eligibility: Applicant must present their DD-214, indicating that you were honorably discharged, along with a completed Application for Military License Plate (MV-37) AND Disabled Placard and License Plate Application (RG-007A). South Carolina DMV Application for Military License Plate
Vietnam Veteran: The fee is $20.00 every two years plus the registration fee.
Eligibility: Applicant must present a form DD-214 or documentation certifying that he/she was awarded the Vietnam Service Medal or that he/she served on active duty in Vietnam. The plate is only available to Vietnam War Veterans who served on active duty during the period of February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975. South Carolina DMV Application for Military License Plate
World War II Veteran: The World War II special license plate is available to all World War II Veterans and their Spouses for private motor vehicles registered in their name. The regular registration fee is the only required fee for this plate.
Eligibility: Applicant must provide official documentation of their World War II service. South Carolina DMV Application for Military License Plate
Distinguished Flying Cross Plate: Available to all recipients of the Distinguished Flying Cross. The fee is $30 plus the regular registration fee.
Eligibility: Applicant must present official documentation (i.e., DD 214 or award citation) certifying receipt of the award. South Carolina DMV Application for Military License Plate
Distinguished Service Medal Plate: Available to all recipients of the Distinguished Service Medal. Limit of two plates per applicant; the cost of the plate is the regular registration fee. This plate is available by mail only.
Eligibility: Applicant must present official documentation (i.e., DD 214 or award citation) certifying receipt of the award. South Carolina DMV Application for Military License Plate
Parking Fee Exemption: The exemption of municipal parking meter fees is allowed when the Veteran's vehicle bears a Disabled Veteran (" V" tag), Purple Heart or Medal of Honor license plate.
Medical Benefits: National Guard members on State Active Duty receive worker's compensation.
Eligibility: South Carolina Air and Army National Guard members.
Injury/Death Benefits: National Guard members on State Active Duty receive worker's compensation.
Eligibility: South Carolina Air and Army National Guard members.
Palmetto Passport: At half the cost of the regular State Park Passport, the Palmetto Passport is a privilege offered to senior citizen (age 65 and older), legally blind and 100% disabled residents of South Carolina. It can be purchased at any South Carolina state park, at the Park Service central office in Columbia or at the State House Gift Shop located in the South Carolina State House by citizens who show proof of eligibility. The central office is located at:
South Carolina State Parks
1205 Pendleton Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Provided the qualifying person is present, all persons occupying a vehicle with the Palmetto Passport displayed will be admitted to state parks without additional charge of admission. A park employee may request identification of the passport holder at the time the passport is presented.
These passports cannot be purchased online. You may purchase at any South Carolina State Park office or by calling 803-734-0156.
You may also find information about SC State Parks at http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/
Hunting and Fishing Privileges: Provides for free hunting/fishing license to Veterans who are totally disabled.
Eligibility: Resident Veterans with 60-100% service connected disability rating. License must be applied for directly from SC Department of Natural Resources showing proof of disability. Application. SCDNR phone 803-734-3838. You may also find information at the SC Department of Natural Resources website: http://www.dnr.sc.gov/
Hunting and Fishing License Resident Privileges: Service Members and their dependents stationed in SC for thirty days or longer, or who are domiciled in this state, are eligible for resident* privileges. Valid military identification must be presented when applying.
*Resident is a person who is a domiciled (permanent) resident of South Carolina. Proof of residency at license vendors is your unexpired State of South Carolina Driver's license or Identification Card. Other manners of proving residency can be submitted to a SCDNR license office. A person licensed by another state as a resident for any purpose is not eligible to apply for, obtain, or hold any South Carolina resident license, permit or tag.
Hunting and Fishing License Exemptions: Active duty or military personnel who are residents of SC stationed outside of the state and home on leave, may upon presentation of their earnings and leave statement (which must declare SC as their home state), be allowed to fish and hunt throughout the state without purchasing a hunting, freshwater fishing or saltwater fishing license. Permits are required to hunt big game, migratory birds, migratory waterfowl and hunt on WMA lands. Tags are required to hunt antlerless deer and turkey, use nongame fish devices or for taking shrimp over bait.
Presentation of The State Flag to Families of Deceased Members of the South Carolina National Guard: Provides that the State Adjutant General's Office shall present to the Family of each deceased member of the South Carolina National Guard a flag of the State of South Carolina, appropriate for use as a burial flag, upon application of a member of the Family of the deceased. For more information, call 803-734-0200.
South Carolina Military Family Relief Fund (SCMFRF): Provides monetary grants to Families of South Carolina National Guard members and South Carolina residents serving in the U.S. Armed Forces Reserve components who were called to active duty as a result of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Grants are distributed based on need, status and service-connected injury or illness. Application
Recording of Discharges: A certified copy of the recorded discharge may be obtained upon request. Any person desiring a certified copy of any discharge or certificate of lost discharge, may apply to the County Clerk of Court or the County Veterans Affairs Officer in which the discharge or certificate of lost discharge is registered and shall be furnished a certified copy. Fees for furnishing a certified copy of discharge or DD Form 214 may be established by each County, but may not exceed fifty cents.
Marriage, Birth, Death and Divorce Verification: Provides for the verification of marriage, birth, death, and divorce records without cost when such is required by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the South Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs, the County Veterans Affairs Offices, or any out of state Veterans Affairs entities. For more information, call 803-734-0200.
State Veterans Nursing Homes: There are three facilities in South Carolina: the E. Roy Stone Jr., Pavilion, which is located in Columbia, the Richard Michael Campbell Veterans Nursing Home in Anderson, and the Veterans Victory House in Walterboro. Additional information can be found on the web at: http://www.state.sc.us/dmh/dir_facilities.htm.
C.M. Tucker Nursing Care Center - Columbia, SC / (803) 737-5301 / 5300 / Fax: 803-737-5364
Richard M. Campbell Home Veterans Nursing Home - Anderson, SC / (864) 261-6734 / Fax: 864-261-6808
Veterans' Victory House - Walterboro, SC / (843) 538-3000 / Fax: 843-538-2757
Eligibility: Admission to these facilities is limited to Veterans who have been separated from the U.S. Armed Forces under honorable conditions and qualify as South Carolina residents who are in need of skilled or intermediate nursing home care. To obtain additional information, or to apply for admission, contact your local county Veterans Affairs officer or the nursing home.
Burial Benefits: Veterans and armed forces Service members who die on active duty are eligible for burial in one of VA's 134 national cemeteries. Burial benefits include the gravesite, opening and closing of the grave and perpetual care. The South Carolina State Veterans Cemetery, M.J. "Dolly" Cooper Veterans Cemetery, is located in Anderson, SC.
Eligibility: To be eligible, a Veteran must have been discharged or separated from active duty under honorable conditions and have completed the required period of service, though other circumstances may also be qualifying. The Veteran must have been a resident of South Carolina either when the Veteran entered the Armed Forces (Home of Record); or when the Veteran died; or for five years. To determine a copy of the Service member's DD-214 or Military Discharge showing character of discharge and dates of active service, or the retirement letter from the Reserves or National Guard. VA may also provide headstones and markers for the unmarked graves of Veterans or for memorial plots, burial flags to drape the casket of a Veteran and Presidential Memorial Certificates. Eligible Veterans may receive reimbursement for some burial expenses.
Veterans Health Administration
VA Medical Center
Charleston: Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, 109 Bee St, 843-577-5011 / 888-878-6884
Columbia: Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center, 6439 Garners Ferry Rd, 803-776-4000
North Charleston: Trident VA Clinic, Trident Medical Center, 9237 University Blvd, 843-789-6400 / Fax: 843-672-1931
North Charleston: Trident VA Clinic, 9229 University Blvd, 9229 University Blvd., Bldg. F, Suite 2A, 843-789-6400 / Fax: 843-672-1931
Community Service Programs
North Charleston: VA Community Resource and Referral Center, 2424 City Hall Ln
Community Based Outpatient Clinic
Aiken: Aiken Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 951 Millbrook Ave, 803-643-9016
Anderson: Anderson County Clinic, 1702 E. Greenville St, 864-224-5450 / Fax: 864-224-6394
Beaufort: Beaufort Clinic, 1 Pinckney Rd, 843-770-0444 / Fax: 843-770-0808
Florence: Florence CBOC, 1822 Sally Hill Farms Rd, 843-292-8383
Goose Creek: Goose Creek CBOC, 2418 NNPTC Circle, 843-577-5011 x3100
Greenville: Greenville Clinic, 41 Park Creek Dr, 864-299-1600
Myrtle Beach: Myrtle Beach CBOC, 3381 Phillis Blvd, 843-477-0177
Myrtle Beach: Myrtle Beach VA Clinic Market Common, The Offices at Market Common, 1101 Johnson Ave, 843-477-0177 / Fax: 843-839-1791
Orangeburg: Orangeburg County Clinic, 1767 Villagepark Dr, 803-533-1335 / Fax: 864-422-2604
Rock Hill: Rock Hill Clinic, 2670 Mills Park Dr, 803-366-4848 / Fax: 803-325-1612
Spartanburg: Spartanburg CBOC, 279 North Grove Medical Park Dr, 864-582-7025
Sumter: Sumter County Clinic, 407 North Salem Ave, 803-938-9901 / Fax: 864-422-2604
Vet Center - 877-927-8387
Columbia: Columbia Vet Center, 1710 Richland St, Suite A, 803-765-9944 / Fax: 803-799-6267
Greenville: Greenville, SC Vet Center, 3 Caledon Court, Suite B, 864-271-2711 / Fax: 864-370-3655
Myrtle Beach: Myrtle Beach Vet Center, 2024 Corporate Centre Dr, Suite 103, 843-232-2441
N. Charleston: Charleston Vet Center, 3625 West Montague Ave, 843-789-7000 / Fax: 843-760-4416
Military Installations in South Carolina
Please see the South Carolina Resource Locator for additional information
Joint Base Charleston
Shaw Air Force Base
United States Army Reserve (USAR)
81st Regional Support Command
Document Review Date: 30 May 2016