So you've served your country and now you're ready to take advantage of the benefits you've earned. Being an Arkansas veteran, you have access to a range of programs that can help you further your education, buy or refinance a home, get healthcare, find jobs, and more! The state and federal government have established many benefits and incentives specifically for former service members living in Arkansas.
In this guide, we'll take a look at all the Arkansas veteran benefits available to someone like yourself. Also keep in mind that disabled or homeless veterans could have access to additional support. You put your life on the line to protect our freedoms, so the least we can do is to ensure you get access to everything you deserve.
Understanding Your Veterans Affairs (VA) Benefits as an Arkansas Veteran
As an Arkansas veteran, you have access to benefits and programs specifically designed to support you. By understanding what's available, you can make the most of the assistance you deserve.
The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides funding for college, graduate school, and certain training programs. The Montgomery GI Bill also offers education assistance. Apply on the VA website to use your benefits at approved colleges and universities in Arkansas.
The VA health care system provides comprehensive medical services to enrolled veterans. Outpatient and inpatient services are available at the John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital in Little Rock and outpatient clinics across the state. VA health care includes preventive, primary, and specialty care as well as prescriptions, mental health services, home health, and geriatric care.
Arkansas State Benefits for Veterans
In addition to standard benefits offered by the VA, Arkansas offers state benefits to honor your service. Let's dive into some of the Arkansas benefits you have as a veteran.
Veteran Property Tax Exemptions
Arkansas veterans' homes may be eligible for property tax exemptions. The personal property tax exemption amount depends on your disability rating and the value of your home. Check with your county tax assessor’s office for details on how to apply.
The Arkansas Department of Higher Education offers tuition waivers and scholarships for veterans and their dependents. The Arkansas College Savings Bond program also provides up to $10,000 in college savings bonds for children of disabled or POW/MIA veterans.
Veteran Burial and Memorial Benefits
The Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery System provides free burial plots and memorials for veterans and their spouses. The cemeteries in Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Jonesboro, Littlerock and Springdale honorably discharged veterans. Family members of veterans may request memorial markers and plaques to honor their loved one’s service.
Fishing and Hunting Licenses
Resident disabled veterans and former active duty service members can get discounted fishing and hunting licenses. You’ll need to provide proof of a service disability from the VA, but there's a large veteran service officer network in Arkansas here to help with this process. Licenses for certain game animals like deer may require additional permits, though fees are often waived for veterans.
Resources for Arkansas Veterans' Healthcare and Wellbeing
As an Arkansas veteran, you also have access to physical healthcare and resources to support your wellbeing. Here are some options to take advantage of:
VA Veteran Medical Centers
The VA runs several medical centers across Arkansas that provide primary and specialized care for veterans. Locations in Little Rock, Fayetteville, and Fort Smith offer services like primary care, surgery, mental health, and more. Contact your nearest VA medical center to enroll and schedule an appointment.
Community-Based Outpatient Clinics
For basic healthcare needs, CBOCs provide primary care and mental health services in over 25 locations statewide. These VA-staffed clinics can address conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, PTSD, and substance abuse. CBOCs aim to provide care close to home for Arkansas veterans.
Vet Centers offer readjustment counseling and outreach services for combat veterans and their families. Counseling can generally assist veterans in addressing PTSD, MST, grief, and other challenges related to your previous military service. Vet Centers maintain strict confidentiality and are located in Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Hot Springs, Jonesboro, Littlerock, Monticello, Pine Bluff, Russellville, and Springdale.
Local Veterans Employment Representatives
Local Veterans Employment Representatives work locally and regionally to help veterans find employment. They network with both public and private organizations to smoothly transition qualified veterans into civilian employment. If you're a veteran who's finding it difficult to land a job after integrating back into society, help is always available.
While Veterans Affairs operates many resources that can help you as a veteran in Arkansas, you also have access to an array of other assistance programs as an American. Take advantage of programs like SNAP for example, which offers financial support for food, or TANF, where you can be awarded special monthly compensation if you have 1 or more children.
Veterans Can Get a FREE PHONE With FREE DATA!!
Being a veteran in society is tough. Transitioning from active duty to civilian life is nothing short of a challenge. Luckily, there are many veteran services here to help you, that includes EASY Wireless!
EASY Wireless works with programs like Lifeline and the ACP program to offer low income veterans and individuals some incredible additional benefits. Here's how you can apply for a FREE phone and FREE unlimited data:
Lifeline/ACP Programs with EASY Wireless
Lifeline and the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) are government programs designed to make phone and internet services more affordable for eligible low-income seniors and families. At EASY Wireless, we understand the importance of affordable connectivity for everyone, and we want to help you access the benefits of these programs so you can always stay in touch with friends and family, even when times are tough financially.
What Benefits Do You Get With EASY Wireless?
Upon qualifying for one of the programs above with EASY Wireless, you will receive the following benefits:
EASY Wireless Unlimited Plan
FREE Unlimited Data
FREE Unlimited Talk
FREE Unlimited Text
FREE SIM Card Kit and Activation
Choose to Keep Your Number or Get a New One
How do I Apply For EASY Wireless Benefits?
To get started with EASY Wireless, apply online by clicking the below:
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Or you can come to one of the EASY Wireless's retail stores, where our customer service agent will help you apply for the benefits.
Either way, the first step is to provide proof of identity with a government-issued ID. This is so you can confirm your participation in one of the qualifying programs or that you meet the household income requirement.
We accept the following U.S. Government Issued ID:
- U.S. Driver License
- Certificate of U.S. Citizenship
- Certificate of Naturalization
- U.S. Passport
- U.S. Government, State or Tribal issued-ID
- U.S. Military ID cards
- Permanent Resident Cards
- Permanent Resident Alien Cards
You can show the following documents to prove that you are taking part in a government assistance program or use them as proof of active benefits:
- Statement of benefits from a qualifying Program.
- Notice letter of participation, such as an award letter
- Program participation documents, such as a screenshot from an online account.
- In order to show income, you can provide any of the following proofs:
- Unemployment Documentation
- Copy of your State or Federal income tax return.
- Three months' worth of current pay stubs.
- Veterans Administration or SSI benefits letter.
- A divorce decree or child support document that states income.
- Retirement or pension statement.
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