South Carolina Military and Veterans Benefits
Unemployment Compensation Benefits
Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Benefits
Health and Insurance Benefits
Parks and Recreation Benefits
VA Medical Facilities
Summary of South Carolina Military and Veterans Benefits : 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.
South Carolina Military and Veterans State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility
South Carolina National Guard and Reserve Service Members are Tax Exempt for 15 Days of Annual Training: 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.
Who is eligible for Tax Exemption for 15 Days of Military Training? South Carolina Air and Army National Guard or Reserve Service members are eligible to exempt 15 days of training.
South Carolina Retired Military Pay Income Tax: An individual taxpayer who has military retirement income, each year may deduct an amount of his South Carolina earned income from South Carolina taxable income equal to the amount of military retirement income that is included in South Carolina taxable income. The deductions are phased in over five years beginning in 2016. The term “retirement income” means the total of all otherwise taxable income not subject to a penalty for premature distribution received by the taxpayer or the taxpayer's Surviving Spouse in a taxable year from a qualified military retirement plan.
For purposes of a Surviving Spouse, “retirement income” also includes a retirement benefit plan and dependent indemnity compensation related to the deceased Spouse's military service. A Surviving Spouse receiving military retirement income that is attributable to the deceased Spouse shall apply this deduction in the same manner that the deduction applied to the deceased Spouse. If the Surviving Spouse also has another retirement income, an additional retirement exclusion is allowed.
In the case of married taxpayers who file a joint federal income tax return, the deduction allowed by this section shall be calculated separately as though they had not filed a joint return, so that each individual's deduction is based on the same individual's retirement income and earned income.
An individual taxpayer who is under the age of 65 who has military retirement may deduct $8,800 for 2017. Taxpayers must have other earned income, other than the military retirement, to take the deduction.
An individual taxpayer who is age 65 and older who has military retirement may deduct
$21,000 for 2017. For taxpayers age 65 and older, there are no requirements for other earned income.
This is a benefit that phased in through 2020 and will ultimately allow an individual taxpayer who is under the age of 65 to claim a $17,500 exemption and an individual taxpayer who is age 65 and older to claim a $30,000 exemption.
South Carolina Income Tax on Military Disability Retired Pay: Military Disability Retirement Pay received as a pension, annuity or similar allowance for personal injury or sickness resulting from active service in the armed forces should not be included in taxable income if any of the following conditions apply:
You were entitled to receive a disability payment before September 25, 1975;
You were a member of the military (active or reserves) or were under a binding written commitment to become a member on September 24, 1975;
You receive disability payments for a combat-related injury. This is a personal injury or sickness that:
Resulted directly from armed conflict,
Took place while you were engaged in extra-hazardous service,
Took place under conditions simulating, including training exercises such as maneuvers, or
Was caused by an instrumentality of war.
You would be entitled to receive disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) if you filed an application for it (the exclusion under this condition equals the amount you would be entitled to from the VA).
South Carolina Income Tax Exemption on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 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.”
South Carolina State Tax Exemption for Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) Arizona State Tax Benefits: Follows the same rules in the section “South Carolina Retired Military Pay Income Tax”
Learn more about South Carolina State Tax Exemption for Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) Arizona State Tax Benefits
South Carolina Complete Property Tax Homestead Exemption for Permanently and Totally Disabled Veterans, Prisoners of War and Medal of Honor Recipients: Provides a complete property tax exemption for the following Veterans:
Veteran residents who has been rated as one hundred percent permanently and totally disabled from a service-connected disability by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Qualifies for tax exemption on:
Home and land up to 5 acres (Exemption passes on to Surviving Spouse if they maintain sole ownership)
Two private passenger vehicles owned or leased by the Veteran or with a Spouse (One vehicle exemption passes on to Surviving Spouse if they maintain sole ownership)
Veteran resident that was a former Prisoner of War - Qualifies for tax exemption on:
Home and land up to 1 acre (Exemption passes on to Surviving Spouse if they maintain sole ownership)
Two private passenger vehicles owned or leased by the Veteran
Veteran resident that was a Medal of Honor recipient - Qualifies for tax exemption on:
Home and land up to 1 acre (Exemption passes on to Surviving Spouse if they maintain sole ownership)
Two private passenger vehicles owned or leased by the Veteran (One vehicle exemption passes on to Surviving Spouse if they maintain sole ownership
South Carolina National Guard College Assistance Program: 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. 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.
Who is eligible for South Carolina National Guard College Assistance Program? Army and Air National Guard Service members are eligible for assistance. Assistance is only available for the first undergraduate degree only. Only those identified as critical need and in good standing are eligible.
South Carolina National Guard College Assistance Program Application
South Carolina 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.
Who is eligible for South Carolina Education Assistance, Free Tuition for Certain Veteran's Children ? To be eligible the Child’s Veteran parent must have been a resident of this State at the time of entry into service, during service and still resides in this State or has been a resident of this State for at least one year and still resides in this State or, if the Veteran is deceased, resided in this State for one year before his death, and provided the Veteran served honorably in a branch of the military service of the United States during a war period, In addition the Child’s Veteran parent must have been one of the following:
Was killed in action;
Died from other causes while in the service;
Died of disease or disability resulting from service;
Was a prisoner of war as defined by Congress or Presidential proclamation during such war period;
Is permanently and totally disabled, as determined by the Veterans Administration from any cause;
Has been awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor;
Is missing in action;
The applicant is the Child of a deceased Veteran who was a prisoner of war or permanently and totally disabled; or
Has been awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in combat.
For questions or to apply contact 803-647-2434.
South Carolina Division of Veterans' Affairs, Application for Tuition Assistance for certain Veterans' Children
South Carolina 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 Points of Contact:
Yolande Anderson, South Carolina Commissioner Designee
Director, Family and Community Engagement
South Carolina Department of Education
Address: 1429 Senate St, Rm 302B, Columbia, SC 29201
Wanda Davis, Ombudsman
Office of Legislative and Public Affairs
Address: 1429 Senate St, Columbia, SC 29201
Military Leave for Military Duty for South Carolina State Employees: State employees receive 15 workdays of paid military leave for training. An employee who serves on active duty in a combat zone and who has exhausted all available leave for military purposes is entitled to receive up to 30 additional days of military leave in any one year. In addition, an employee may use up to 45 days of annual leave and up to 90 days of sick leave in a calendar year to serve on active duty as a result of an emergency or conflict declared by the President of the United States. ( S.C. Code Section 8-7-90 )
Who is eligible for Military Leave for Military Duty for South Carolina State Employees? South Carolina Air and Army National Guard members and Army Reserve members are eligible to take Military leave for military duty.
South Carolina State Employee Veterans Hiring Preference: Preference will be granted to eligible members for employment and/or an appointment in public departments or public works operating on a merit system.
Must be Honorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the U.S.
Must possess the skills and knowledge required for the position involved
Federal Veterans Hiring Preferences: 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, Surviving Spouses 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 Surviving Spouse) 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.
South Carolina Public Employees Receive Credit in State Retirement System for Military Service: An active member of one of the retirement systems administered by the South Carolina Public Employee Benefit Authority may also establish up to six years of service credit for any period of military service for which he or she does not already have service credit in one of the correlated defined benefit plans.
South Carolina 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:
Apply for benefits;
Initial claims are filed online through the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce, MyBenefits UI Claim Portal . You should also make sure to download the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce, Applicant Reference Guide for Individuals Filing for Unemployment Insurance Benefits and read it thoroughly.
If you don't have computer access, you can apply online at one of the many South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce, Service Locations across the state. If you need assistance applying for benefits, claims representatives are available through TelClaim, ( South Carolina Dep artment of Employment and Workf orce , Phone Service ), at 1-866-831-1724 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.
The following information will be needed to file a claim:
Your Social Security number.
Your work history for the past 18 months including:
Employers’ business names,
Employers’ phone numbers and
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.
If you are filing from out-of-state please go to the South Carolina's Department of Employment and Workforce, Filing an Out-of-State Claim webpage .
South Carolina 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 provides comprehensive statewide Veterans' job placement services including:
Education and training; and
Job fairs, and other related services.
Who is eligible for South Carolina Operation Palmetto Employment Services? Unemployed Service members, Family members or Veterans
'Veteran' Designation on South Carolina Driver Licenses: The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles 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.
Who is eligible for the 'Veteran' Designation on South Carolina Driver Licenses? 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. If your military discharge date was BEFORE 1950, you must provide a "Certificate of Discharge" or "Enlisted Separation Paper". No other proof of service will be accepted
There is no fee for adding the Veterans designation to licenses or permits. Those interested must visit a South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles location with appropriate documentation of Veteran status.
South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles Office Directory
South Carolina Military Commercial Driver’s Skills Test Waiver : South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles allows qualified military Service Members to waive the commercial skills test to obtain a commercial driver license . The waiver allows them to apply for a SC commercial driver license without having to take the skills test. However, applicants must still pass all required knowledge tests and comply with mandatory federal regulations before receiving a commercial motor vehicle license.
Who is eligible for South Carolina Military Commercial Driver’s Skills Test Waiver? 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.
Your commanding officer must sign the completed South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles, CDL Skills Test Waiver for Military Personnel Information Sheet (SCDMV Form DL-408A . You must submit the completed application and a copy of your Active Duty/Reservist Military ID or Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DoD Form DD-214) to the address below:
CDL Help Desk
PO Box 1498
Blythewood, SC 29016-0028
You may also email the completed packet to the CDLHelpDesk@scdmv.net or fax them to 803-896-2676.
Extension of South Carolina Driver’s Licenses for Military Personnel and their Dependents: South Carolina considers the license valid as long as at least one of the following is true:
You're a military Service member.
You're a dependent of a military Service member.
You're a Department of Defense employee.
This rule only applies if your license expired during one of the following:
You're serving outside of the state.
You're serving outside the state and it expired within 90 days of the start of that service.
You would renew your driver's license just as you would if it was still valid, but you must visit an SCDMV branch within 90 days of discharge. When you visit an SCDMV branch, you must bring proper documentation of your discharge. If you come to renew your expired driver's license after 90 days of discharge, you must take the knowledge and road tests.
Renewal of South Carolina Driver’s 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 online or by mail.
To renew online go to the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicle, Driver's License Renewal Page .
To renew your license by mail, submit all the following documents:
South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles, Mail-In Renewal Application (SCDMV Form DL-63) Provide a special mailing address, like your APO, for the new license to be mailed to.
Current color photograph of yourself (from the top of your head to your shoulders) without your face or head covered
Military orders showing continuous active duty outside of SC
Check, made out to the SCDMV, for $25
PO Box 1498
Blythewood, SC 29016-0035
South Carolina Military and Veteran License Plates: The State of South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles offers 32 distinctive license plate designs to honor the service and sacrifice of Service members, Veterans, Retirees and eligible Family members. A short description of some of these license plates is listed below. Each license plate has specific eligibility and documentation requirements. Please click on the image of the license plate you are interested in for more information.
South Carolina Medal of Honor License Plate: You must submit a completed Application for Military Plate ( South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles, Application for Military License Plate Form MV-37 ) and present a letter from the US Department of Veterans Affairs certifying that you are a recipient of the Medal of Honor. The plate is available for the following branches of service: Army, Navy, and Air Force. You may only have one of these plates. It is free. Vehicles that have a Medal of Honor plate are exempt from the payment of municipal parking meter fees. ( SC Code Section 56-3-1855 )
South Carolina Purple Heart License Plate: South Carolina Purple Heart license plates are available to SC residents who are Purple Heart recipients. You must complete Application for Military Plate ( South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles, Application for Military License Plate Form MV-37 ) and must submit a Department of Defense Form DD-214, Purple Heart Citation, or a letter from the US, Regional, or County Veterans Administration certifying that you are a recipient of the Purple Heart. You may receive two of these plates for free. You may get a third plate for $30 plus the regular registration fee. The plate is available by mail only. This plate allows free parking at municipal parking meters ( SC Code of Laws 56-5-2585 ) but does not allow parking in designated handicapped (wheelchair) parking spaces.
South Carolina Veteran License Plate: The Veteran license plate is available to South Carolina residents who have served in the United States Armed Forces active or reserved components. To apply for the plate, you must present your Department of Defense Form DD-214, indicating that you were honorably discharged, along with a completed Application for Military Plate ( South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles, Application for Military License Plate Form MV-37 ). Only four plates within the Veteran plate class to include Veteran, Veteran Motorcycle and Veteran Wheelchair may be issued to vehicles registered in your name. The cost for this plate is the regular registration fee. No additional fees are required.
South Carolina Disabled Veteran License Plate: This plate is a free and permanent license plate that is available to people who submit proper certification from the Veterans Administration and who are certified as permanently handicapped by their physicians. You must submit an Application for Military Plate ( South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles, Application for Military License Plate Form MV-37 ) and a letter or other documentation from the US, Regional, or County Veterans Administration certifying that you are a war-time disabled Veteran who is entitled to compensation for the loss of use of one or both legs or arms, 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 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 county or US Department of Veterans Affairs. To get this plate, you must be certified permanently handicapped by a licensed physician on the Disabled License Plate and Placard Application ( South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles, Disabled Placard and License Plate Application Form RG-007A ) and provide a prescription order from a licensed physician. You may only get two plates, whether that's two vehicle plates, two motorcycle plates, or one of each. You cannot have four plates. A surviving Spouse of a certified disabled Veteran may get or keep the license plate until remarried. However, the surviving Spouse must also be certified as disabled by a licensed physician. This plate allows free parking at municipal parking meters ( SC Code Section 56-5-2585 ) and allows parking in designated handicapped (wheelchair) parking spaces.
Gold Star Family License Plate: The Gold Star Family license plate is available to immediate family members (parent, spouse, sibling or child) of fallen service members as certified by the Affidavit of Relationship on the application form ( South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles, Application for Military License Plate Form MV-37 ). 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. Each qualifying family member may receive, for vehicles registered in his or her name, a maximum of two plates. There is no fee for this plate. You may get a personalized version of the plate that contains letters or numbers or both and the “&” symbol. Text is limited to six characters including spaces and will be granted based on availability.
South Carolina Municipal Parking Fee Exemption for Eligible Veterans: South Carolina offers an exemption of municipal parking meter fees when the Veteran's vehicle bears a Disabled Veteran (" V" tag), Purple Heart or Medal of Honor license plate.
South Carolina National Guard Medical Coverage under Workers’ Compensation Laws during State Active Duty : A member of the state military forces receives compensation as a state employee while on state active duty and is therefore covered under South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Laws for medical care, disability and death benefits. ( SC Code Section 42-7-40 )
Who is eligible for Maine National Guard Medical Coverage under Workers’ Compensation Laws during State Active Duty? National Guard Service member injured or killed in the line of duty on state active duty.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Life Insurance: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides valuable life insurance benefits to Veterans, Active and Reserve Component Service members and their Families to provide financial security given the extraordinary risks involved in military Service. The VA provides the following life insurance benefit programs:
Service Member's Group Life Insurance ( SGLI )
Veterans Group Life Insurance ( VGLI )
Family Members Group Life Insurance ( FSGLI )
Service Members Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Projection ( TSGLI )
Service-Disabled Veterans Life Insurance ( S-DVI )
Veterans Mortgage Life Insurance ( VMLI )
TRICARE Reserve Select Health Insurance: TRICARE Reserve Select is a premium-based plan, available worldwide for Selected Reserve, (Reserve and National Guard) and their Families who meet the following qualifications:
Not on active duty orders
Not covered under the Transitional Assistance Management Program
Not eligible for or enrolled in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program or currently covered under FEHB, either under their own eligibility or through a Family member.
The plan provides comprehensive health care coverage when you're not activated and covered by active duty TRICARE benefits.
South Carolina Palmetto Passport Reduced Fee Entrance to State Parks for Disabled Residents and South Carolina National Guard: 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, 100% disabled residents of South Carolina and active members of the South Carolina National Guard. 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.
Free South Carolina Hunting and Fishing Privileges for Disabled Resident Veterans: Provides for free hunting/fishing license to Veterans who are totally disabled.
Who is eligible for Free South Carolina Hunting and Fishing Privileges for Disabled Resident Veterans? Resident Veterans that are declared totally service connected disabled are eligible. License must be applied for directly from SC Department of Natural Resources showing proof of disability. SCDNR phone 803-734-3838.
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources website
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Disability Recreational Hunting and Fishing Application
South Carolina Resident Hunting and Fishing License Privileges for Nonresident Military personnel and their Dependents : 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.
Hunting and Fishing License Exemptions for Active Duty Service Members Stationed outside South Carolina and are Home on Leave: 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.
South Carolina Military Family Relief Fund grants are intended to help Families defray the costs of food, housing, utilities, medical services, and other expenses that become difficult to afford when a wage-earner has temporarily left civilian employment to be placed on active military duty. Status Based Grants are given at the flat rate of $500, the casualty based grant is a flat rate of $1,000 and the Needs Based Grants is given to a maximum of $2,000. Individuals may receive a grant only one time in each fiscal year and only one time for each active duty order.
South Carolina Military Family Relief Fund Application
South Carolina Military Family Relief Fund Brochure
Recording of Discharges for South Carolina Veterans: 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 when such is required by Official State and Federal Agencies: 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.
South Carolina 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. To obtain additional information, or to apply for admission, contact your local South Carolina, County Veterans Affairs Officer or the nursing home directly.
E. Roy Stone Veterans Pavilion - Columbia SC, 803-737-5301 / Fax: 803-737-5364
Richard M. Campbell Home Veterans Nursing Home - 4605 Belton Highway, Anderson SC, 864-261-6734 / Fax: 864-261-6808
Veterans' Victory House - 2461 Sidneys Rd, Walterboro SC, 843-538-3000 / Fax: 843-538-2757
Who is eligible for care at the South Carolina State Veterans Nursing Homes? 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.
South Carolina M.J. “Dolly” Cooper State Veterans Cemetery: The M.J. “Dolly” Cooper Veterans Cemetery, located on 57 acres, near Anderson South Carolina, opened in December 2007. As of 30 June 2017, 2,722 Veterans, Spouses and dependents, have been buried with another 5,718 registered (pre-certified) with the cemetery for burials in the future. “Pre-certified” means the cemetery has determined eligibility after receiving, reviewing and keeping on file copies of a Veteran’s DD-214 or discharge document and marriage certificate so when a need arises, scheduling a burial can be done without delay.
Who is eligible for Burial at the South Carolina M.J. “Dolly” Cooper State Veterans Cemetery? Generally speaking eligibility requirements mirror the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, National Cemetery Administration Burial Eligibility Requirements . To be eligible, any member of the Armed Forces of the United States who dies while on active duty or any Veteran who was discharged under conditions other than dishonorable may be eligible for burial.
Veterans whose only active duty service was for training while in the National Guard or Reserves are not eligible unless there are special circumstances (e.g., death while on duty or as a result of training).
Persons with 20 years of service in the National Guard or Reserves who are entitled to retired pay are also eligible for a government headstone or marker. A copy of the Reserve Retirement Eligibility Benefits Letter must accompany the application. Active duty service (other than active duty for training) while in the National Guard or Reserves also establishes eligibility and does not require retiree pay eligibility.
Spouses and certain eligible dependents may also be buried in national cemeteries. In addition the State of South Carolina requires that the Veteran must have been a resident when they entered the Armed Forces, when the Veteran died or for five years prior to their death.
M.J. “Dolly” Cooper Veterans Cemetery Eligibility Fact Sheet
M.J. “Dolly” Cooper Veterans Cemetery Eligibility Pre-Certification Application
Veterans Health Administration
VA Health Care System
Columbia: Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center , 6439 Garners Ferry Rd, 803-776-4000
VA Medical Center
Charleston: Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center , 109 Bee St, 843-577-5011 / 888-878-6884
North Charleston: Trident VA Clinic , Trident Medical Center, 9237 University Blvd, 843-789-6400 / Fax: 843-572-1931
North Charleston: Trident VA Clinic, 9229 University Blvd , 9229 University Blvd, Bldg F, Suite 2A, 843-789-6400 / Fax: 843-572-1931
Community Service Programs
North Charleston: VA Community Resource and Referral Center , 2424 City Hall Ln
Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC)
Aiken: Aiken Community Based Outpatient Clinic , 951 Millbrook Ave, 803-643-9016
Anderson: Anderson CBOC , 3030 North Highway 81, 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 VA Outpatient Clinic , 41 Park Creek Dr, 864-299-1600
Myrtle Beach: Myrtle Beach CBOC , 3381 Phillis Blvd, 843-477-0177 / Fax: 843-232-2428
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 CBOC , 1767 Villagepark Dr, 803-533-1335 / Fax: 864-422-2604
Rock Hill: Rock Hill CBOC , 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 CBOC , 407 North Salem Ave, 803-938-9901 / Fax: 864-422-2604
Vet Center - 877-WAR-VETS (1-877-927-8387)
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
North 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 Military Resource Locator for additional information
Joint Base Charleston
Shaw Air Force Base
United States Army Reserve (USAR)
81st Readiness Division