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A guide to veterans’ benefits in Connecticut

On Behalf of | Mar 1, 2024 | VETERANS AFFAIRS - Disabled Veterans

The state of Connecticut and the federal government offer a wide array of benefit programs that are intended to provide veterans with financial assistance if they are disabled or as they age.

This blog does not have enough space to describe all of the benefits that are available, but an overview of these benefits may be helpful in finding suitable options.

Benefits open to all veterans

Connecticut veterans benefits are available to almost every person who has been a member of the United States armed forces. Specific eligibility requirements may vary from program to program.

Every Connecticut veteran and their spouse, if eligible, is entitled to be buried at the Veterans’ Cemetery in Middletown. State veterans are also entitled to free or reduced tuition at all public colleges and universities in the state. The student must pay other charges, such as books, course fees, parking and room and board.

Tuition is waived to the extent of 100% of the cost of General Fund courses at public colleges and universities. Tuition is reduced by 50% for Extension Fund and summer courses.

Motor vehicles

Former prisoners of war and recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor are eligible for free motor vehicle registration.

Tax benefits

Connecticut veterans, including members of the U.S. Merchant Marine who served during WWII, are eligible for property tax exemptions up to $1,500. This exemption applies to automobile and real property taxes. Federally taxable military pay is totally exempt from state income tax.


This post has only touched on those benefits that benefit most state veterans. Anyone with questions about any veteran’s benefit should contact the state Department of Veteran’s Affairs for further information.