How to Find and Access Alabama Veterans Benefits
However, getting Alabama veterans benefits can be a time-consuming and challenging task. Many veterans are not aware of all the benefits that they're entitled to. In addition, there are so many benefits scattered around various agencies that it's hard figuring out which benefits you're eligible for all at once. What's even worse is that each of these benefits has a unique application process, making it difficult to access your benefits even if you find one you like.
That's why DoNotPay has created a faster, more convenient solution to help veterans apply for benefits, locate nearby VA centers, and obtain service records.
Benefits Available for Veterans in Alabama
Disabled Veterans and People Age 65 and Older Are Exempt From Paying Property Taxes
Alabama veterans do not have to pay taxes on their home and adjacent 160 acres of land if they're disabled or 65 years of age or older and have an annual income of $12,000 or less.
Homes Purchased Through the VA Are Tax Exempt
Any veteran who buys their home under the VA's specially adapted housing grant is tax-exempt as long as it's owned and occupied by the veteran or their surviving spouse.
All military retirement and Survivor benefit program payments are exempt from Alabama state, county, or municipal income tax.
Disabled veterans who own a vehicle that the VA paid will pay no license fees or taxes.
State Employment Benefits
Honorably discharged veterans can have five points added to any state employment examination score. If you have a VA service-connected disability, you will get ten points added to your score.
Spouses and surviving spouses can have the ten-point preference extended to them and added to any test scores.
Alabama Veteran Education Benefits
Purple Heart recipients may be eligible for free education at Alabama colleges and universities. This includes two-year and four-year technical colleges, community colleges, and junior colleges.
Alabama Veteran Recreation Benefits
Alabama veterans can get recreational discounts for the following:
|State Parks||Active duty and honorably discharged veterans get free admission to all Alabama state parks.|
|Fishing License||Veterans who are at least 20% disabled get a discounted freshwater fishing license.|
|Hunting License||A special hunting license is available to veterans who are 100% service-connected for $2.00 plus the applicable insurance fee. A special hunting license is also open for 50% service-connected at half the usual cost plus the applicable insurance fee.|
|Non-Resident Licenses||Active-duty members and their families who are stationed in Alabama or neighboring states pay in-state license rates.|
|Pistol Permit||Veterans eligible for a pistol permit can get one for free. However, they must be retired from active duty from either the reserves or the National Guard.|
Burial at Alabama State Veterans Cemetery
Veterans can be buried at the Alabama State Veterans Cemetery in Spanish Fort. Eligibility for interment there follows National Cemetery Administration eligibility requirements.
Veterans, spouses, and dependent children are eligible to be buried there. Spouses and dependent children will be charged a fee on the day of the interment. There's no cost for veterans. Spouses are still eligible even if they remarry.
Getting Your Alabama Veterans Benefits on Your Own
To apply for some of the benefits you're eligible for requires filling out lengthy forms, which can take several minutes. You also need to make sure that you have the correct identification to prove your veteran status. Sometimes you have to go through several steps to get what you need.
For example, if you want to get a specialty veterans license plate, you must first obtain an affidavit from the Alabama Department of Veteran Affairs Veteran Service Office (VSO). The affidavit will state the veteran's eligibility for the license plate. In addition, you need to take a copy of your DD Form 214 employment orders or a signed letter from a unit commander verifying your service along with a valid driver's license for verification to the VSO.
These steps can take several hours and even days to wait for copies of the proper paperwork.
How to Find Veteran Benefits in Alabama With DoNotPay
DoNotPay provides you with a faster, more convenient way to apply for veteran benefits. DoNotPay has you covered in 3 easy steps:
- Search for and open the Military Protection product on DoNotPay.
- Select whether you want to 1) locate the nearest VA office, 2) access veteran benefits, or 3) locate service records.
- Answer a simple set of questions so our chatbot can collect the necessary information to help you and find the nearest office or fill out the appropriate forms.
Why Use DoNotPay to Apply for Your Veterans Benefits?
DoNotPay can help you locate your service records and apply for benefits such as:
- VA Healthcare
- VA Pensions
- VA Disability Compensation
- Burial and Memorial Benefits
- Veterans Job Preference
- GI Bill
- VA Home Loan Program
The advantages of accessing your Alabama Veterans benefits through DoNotPay are:
- You don't have to spend hours gathering all the necessary documents.
- You won't struggle filling out tedious forms or to keep track of every little detail.
- Everything can be done on your computer.
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