Benefits for Disabled Veterans in Mississippi

by Jane Meggitt; Updated September 26, 2017

Honorably discharged Mississippi resident disabled veterans may qualify for certain benefits in addition to regular federal and state benefits. Certain benefits depend on the disability rating certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Visit the local county Veterans Service Officer for applications, claim assistance and additional information.

Ad Valorem Tax

Veterans certified as 100 percent totally and permanently disabled by the VA from service-related causes receive an exemption on all ad valorem taxes for a primary residence assessed at $7,500 or less.

Privilege Tax

Veterans aged 65 or older certified at minimum of 50 percent disabled, with an annual gross income of less than $900.00, do not have to pay the privilege tax for their businesses. The privilege tax is imposed "on every person or company who acquires indebtedness secured by tangible personal property located in Mississippi," according to the Mississippi Department of Revenue.

Employment

For civil service employment consideration, the Mississippi State Personnel Board allows qualified veterans a five-point preference in civil service tests. Disabled veterans receive a 10-point preference. In times of state layoffs, when veterans receive preferred status, disabled veterans receive additional preference.

Hunting and Fishing Licenses

Veterans certified as totally and permanently disabled by the VA do not have to purchase fishing or hunting licenses, but must be able to provide documentation of residency, age and disability rating whenever engaged in fishing or hunting.

License Plates

Veterans with a 100 percent service-related disability rating by the VA, or the surviving, unmarried spouse of such a veteran, may annually purchase a license plate for a private motor vehicle or pickup truck for $1.

Veterans Homes

Disabled veterans requiring nursing home care may qualify for admission into one of the four veterans homes located in Mississippi. Eligible veterans must reside in Mississippi. Spouses of eligible veterans may also receive admission. Applicants must have certification for nursing home need by a licensed physician, and be able to pay for care. Indigent veterans may apply for veterans home expense assistance.

Documents

Mississippi's Bureau of Vital Statistics furnishes, at no fee, any documents need for veterans to establish disability, dependency or other benefit claims, as long as the veterans or their survivors are state residents.

Mississippi Veterans Home Purchase Board

Through the Mississippi Veterans Home Purchase Board, qualifying veterans may receive low-interest mortgage loans. Eligible veterans must have lived in Mississippi at the time of entering the armed forces or resided in the state for a minimum of two years at the time of application.

About the Author

Jane Meggitt has been a writer for more than 20 years. In addition to reporting for a major newspaper chain, she has been published in "Horse News," "Suburban Classic," "Hoof Beats," "Equine Journal" and other publications. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from New York University and an Associate of Arts from the American Academy of Dramatics Arts, New York City.