Know Your Benefits as a Utah State Veteran

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If you are one of the over 161,000 veterans in the state of Utah (whether you have served in the Vietnam War, Gulf War, or World War II), you are eligible for some benefits because of your hard work and service for the country as a member of the armed forces.

General Benefits

Utah Senior Planning notes that veterans’ benefits include a wide range of services, such as driving and fishing license privileges, free use of armories, reemployment rights, discounted travel fares, property tax reduction as well as a lifetime free entrance to many of the public establishments, such as national parks and historic sites.

Pension and Health Insurance Benefits

Provided that you meet the qualifications, you can apply for a VA pension as a service member or surviving family member. You may have to submit medical evidence along with your application.

On the other hand, if you need financial aid in matters concerning your health, such as medical examinations and treatments or immunization and drugs support, you could opt for federal VA health insurance to provide you with the best care.

Housing and Employment Benefits

If recently you are having problems with your housing or need a temporary home, being a veteran entitles you to a wide range of services, such as transitional housing, nursing care at State Veterans Homes and property tax exemptions. You may also apply for home loans suitable for your needs.

Having a job is also important to support oneself. The state can help you with its employment programs to increase your chances of getting work, such as career counseling and hiring preference.

If you wish to avail of these benefits — which you deserve to receive by all means — go to one of the 13 VA facilities across the state or visit the website of the Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs for more information.