Missouri offers unique benefits for its service members, Veterans, and their families, including military retired pay and property tax exemptions, state employment preferences, education and tuition assistance, special military license plates, and hunting and fishing license privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component, and Veteran disability status.
The following are benefits for the state of Missouri.
Missouri Veteran Financial Benefits
- Missouri Department of Revenue Military Liaison: The Missouri Department of Revenue has a Military Liaison to assist service members and their families with questions about Missouri income tax and other issues.
- Missouri Active Duty Military Income Tax Exemption: Service members serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces or a reserve component service member during their two-week annual training can deduct their military pay from their Missouri adjusted gross income. The service member’s military pay must have been included in their federal adjusted gross income to be eligible for the deduction.
- Missouri Combat Pay Benefits: Military pay received by a service member serving in the U.S. Armed Forces in a combat zone is exempt from Missouri Income tax.
Service members have authorized a 180-day extension to file and pay any owed income tax until after their redeployment from service in a combat zone, while deployed outside the U.S. during a contingency operation, or after hospitalization for an injury, illness, or disease they received during that service.
- Missouri Income Taxes on Military Retired Pay: Military retired pay is exempt from Missouri income tax and can be deducted from Missouri adjusted gross income.
Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) does not withhold taxes for state or local income tax, but it is reported annually on IRS Form 1099-R. All TSP distributions are subject to state taxes, and early distributions may incur higher taxes.
- Missouri Reserve Component Military Income Tax Deduction: Missouri is phasing a complete deduction of military pay received by reserve component service members for inactive duty.
Military income will be deducted as follows:
- 2022 tax year, 60% of military income
- 2023 tax year, 80% of military income
- 2024 tax year and after, 100% deduction
The service member’s military pay must have been included in their federal adjusted gross income to be eligible for this deduction.
- Nonresident Spouses of Service Members are Exempt from Missouri Income Tax: A nonresident spouse of a nonresident service member stationed in Missouri, under military orders, is exempt from income taxes on wages earned in Missouri. The nonresident Spouse must pay taxes (if required) to their state of residence.
- Missouri Taxes on Military Disability Retirement Pay: Military Disability Retirement Pay received as a pension, annuity, or similar allowance for personal injury or sickness resulting from active service in the U.S. Armed Forces should not be included in taxable income. Some of the payments that are considered disability benefits include:
- Disability compensation and pension payments for disabilities paid to Veterans or their families
- Grants for homes designed for wheelchair living
- Grants for motor vehicles for Veterans who lost their sight or the use of limbs or
- Benefits under a dependent-care assistance program
- Missouri State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC): DIC is a tax-free monetary benefit paid to eligible survivors of military service members who died in the line of duty or eligible survivors of Veterans whose death resulted from a service-connected injury or disease.
- Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP), Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP), Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) Missouri State Tax Benefits: Survivor annuities are eligible for the Missouri Public Pension Exemption. Eligibility for an exemption is based on income limitations:
- $100,000 – Married, filing combined
- $85,000 – Married, filing separately
- $85,000 – Single, Head of Household, or surviving spouse
Surviving spouses who meet income limitations are eligible for a 100% exemption of their survivor annuities.
- Missouri Property Tax Exemption for Total Service-Connected Disabled Prisoners of War: Missouri residents who are former prisoners of war and have a 100% total service-connected disability are eligible for a complete property tax exemption on their homestead.
- Missouri Personal Property Tax Credit for Senior Citizens and 100% Disabled Veterans: The Missouri Property Tax Credit gives credit to eligible resident senior citizens and Veterans with a service-connected 100% disability rating from the VA for a portion of the real estate taxes or rent paid for the year. The credit is up to a maximum of $750 for renters and up to $1,100 for homeowners.
The income limits for this benefit are:
- Renters and Part-Year Owners – $27,200 or less for single filers; $29,200 or less for married filing combined
- Owned and Occupied Home for the Entire Year – $30,000 or less for single filers, $34,000 or less for married filing combined
Renters who rent from a tax-free facility are not eligible.
- Statewide: 4.225%
- Counties: can levy an additional sales tax of no more than 4.225%
- Current average sales tax (with local taxes included): 4.225%
- Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) Service Member and Veteran Benefits: The MDC offers several benefits for service members and Veterans. A short description of these benefits is listed below:
Missouri Resident National Guard and U.S. Armed Forces Reserve Service Members Small Game Hunting and Fishing Permits: Missouri resident service members serving in a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces who have been called to federal active duty in the past 12 months are eligible for a reduced cost permit to hunt small game, fish, and trap. This permit is only $5 compared to $19 for a regular small game and fishing permit. Service members can apply at the Missouri Department of Conservation, MDC Online webpage.
- Free or Reduced Cost Missouri Fishing and Hunting Licenses for Service Members and Veterans: Honorably discharged disabled Veterans or service members can fish and hunt without a permit (does not include trapping). Hunting permits are still required for deer, turkey, and migratory birds, as well as any conservation stamps. Veterans and service members must meet one of the following requirements to be eligible:
- Has a service-connected disability of 60% or more
- Former prisoner of war
- Assigned as a patient to a Warrior Transition Brigade, Warrior Transition Unit, or military medical center
Veterans and service members must carry a certified statement of eligibility from the VA or orders showing assignment to a Warrior Transition Brigade, Warrior Transition Unit, or military medical center whenever hunting or fishing.
- Missouri Resident Hunting and Fishing Permits for Nonresident Active Duty Service Members and Veterans: Nonresident service members stationed in Missouri and their family members living with them may purchase Missouri permits for resident prices.
- Missouri Resident Department of Conservation Permits for Active Duty Service Members Stationed Out of State: Resident active duty service members stationed out of state and their family members living with them may purchase Missouri permits for resident prices.
- Missouri Service Member Permit Reinstatement after Deployment: Service members who bought a Missouri hunting, fishing, or trapping permit and could not use it for the entire season because they were ordered out of state qualify for a free permit reinstatement when they return.
- Missouri Camping Discounts for Veterans, Active Duty Service Members, and their Family Members: Service members, Veterans, and family members of active duty service members are eligible for a $2 per night discount on camping fees year-round at Missouri State Parks. Those eligible must show a Military Common Access Card, Uniformed Services ID card, VA ID card, Missouri driver’s license, or ID card with a “Veteran” designation at check-in to receive their discount.
- Missouri Wartime Veteran’s Survivors Grant Program: This educational grant is provided annually to the children and spouses of Veterans whose deaths or injuries were a result of combat.
The total number of Veterans who may receive a grant each year is limited to 25. Students are eligible until they earn a bachelor’s degree.
Grant amounts will be for the actual educational cost up to the following amounts, whichever is less:
- Resident tuition charged at the University of Missouri, Columbia
- $2,000 per semester for room and board
- $500 for books
- Missouri National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program (STA): Missouri STA provides tuition assistance to eligible Missouri National Guard Service members pursuing an undergraduate degree or below. STA can be used for up to 39 semester hours per state fiscal year (1 July – 30 June) up to the tuition rate charged at the University of Missouri, Columbia. Service members must use federal tuition assistance before STA. Service members are authorized to take 15 credit hours in the spring and fall semesters and up to nine credit hours during a summer session with a lifetime limit of 150 undergraduate credit hours.
- Missouri Returning Heroes Act: The Missouri Returning Heroes Education Act requires Missouri public postsecondary educational institutions to only charge combat Veterans $50 per credit hour for undergraduate degrees and 30% of the cost of tuition and fees for graduate students.
- Missouri Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children (MIC3): The purpose of this compact is to remove barriers to educational success imposed on children of military families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:
- Facilitating the prompt enrollment of children of military families and ensuring that they are not placed at a disadvantage due to difficulty in the transfer of educational records from the previous school district or variations in entrance or age requirements
- Facilitating the student placement process through which variations in attendance requirements, scheduling, sequencing, grading, course content, or assessment do not disadvantage children of military families. Facilitating the qualification and eligibility for enrollment, educational programs, and participation in extracurricular academic, athletic, and social activities
- Facilitating the on-time graduation of children of military families
- Providing for the enforcement of administrative rules implementing the provisions of this compact
- Providing for the uniform collection and sharing of information between and among member states, schools, and military families under this compact
- Promoting coordination between this compact and other compacts affecting military children
- Promoting flexibility and cooperation between the educational system, parents, and the student to achieve educational success for the student
- Missouri Purple Star School Designation for Military-Friendly Schools: The Missouri Purple Star School designation recognizes schools that show a significant commitment to students and families connected to the U.S. Armed Forces. Schools that earn the award will receive a special Purple Star recognition to display on site.
- For a school to qualify for the Purple Star designation, it must appoint a school liaison specially trained to handle the unique challenges experienced by military families. This liaison will ensure that other teachers at their school are aware of special considerations that students from military families can benefit from. Each school will also have a dedicated page on its school website featuring resources for military families.
- Missouri “Operation Recognition” Honorary Diplomas for Wartime Veterans: Missouri will award honorary high school diplomas to Veterans who left school before graduation to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces during a time of war. Diplomas may be issued for public or private schools and even for existing ones.
Who is eligible for Missouri “Operation Recognition” Honorary Diplomas for Wartime Veterans? Honorary diplomas may be issued to current and former resident Veterans who received an honorable discharge and never completed their high school education.
- Applicants must submit a completed application and provide a copy of their DD214 or discharge paperwork as proof of eligibility to the Missouri Veterans Commission (forwarding instructions are on the application). Family members may apply for the honorary diploma on behalf of a deceased Veteran.
- Missouri Residency for Education Purposes for Service Members, Veterans, and Family Members: Missouri offers residency for education purposes for service members, Veterans, and family members.
Exemption from Proof of Residency for Students: Students who move to live with extended family or in a military family support community because one or both of their parents are under state or federal active duty orders may attend school in the school district where they are staying. If their parent’s active duty orders end during the school year, the child may finish the school year in that district.
In-State Tuition Eligibility for Discharged Service Members: Honorably discharged Veterans who recently separated from the U.S. Armed Forces and who move to and declare intent to become Missouri resident are considered Missouri residents for admission and tuition purposes at public two and four-year institutions of higher education. If attending a community college, Veterans must live in the taxing district of their community college.
In-State Tuition Eligibility for National Guard Service Members: Current Missouri National Guard and U.S. Armed Forces Reserves members receive in-state residency status for tuition purposes at any public four-year institution of higher education or in-district residency status for any two-year public institution.
- Military Dependent Residency: The dependent of a nonresident active duty service member assigned to a duty station in Missouri is eligible for in-state tuition if the student is continuously enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program.
Housing: The following are the sites for Veterans Homes
Missouri Veterans Homes: Missouri has seven nursing homes that provide long-term skilled nursing care at minimal cost to Veterans.
- Missouri State Veterans Home at Cameron
- Missouri State Veterans Home at Cape Girardeau
- Missouri State Veterans Home at Mexico
- Missouri State Veterans Home at Mt. Vernon
- Missouri State Veterans Home at St. James
- Missouri State Veterans Home at St. Louis
- Missouri State Veterans Home at Warrensburg
Each Missouri Veterans Home has a licensed nursing home administrator registered nurses on duty 24 hours per day and provides the following services:
- Physician care
- Physical, speech, occupational, and recreational therapies
- Maintenance, environmental, laundry, and dietary specialists
- Medical and personal care supplies
- Social services
Who is eligible for Care at the Missouri Veterans Homes? To qualify for admission to a Missouri Veterans Home, a Veteran must meet the following requirements:
- Meet eligibility requirements for the VA Healthcare
- A resident of Missouri for 180 consecutive days immediately before application
- Physically living in Missouri or proof of ownership of a residential home in Missouri
- Not on any sex offender registry
- Not have a criminal history, including conviction, guilty plea, or nolo contendere in any state of a Class A or B felony
- Must require 24-hour skilled nursing care
- Veterans Home must be able to accommodate the Veteran’s condition
Employment and Job Training: Veterans Preference
- Missouri State Employees Leave for Military Duty: State employees who are members of the National Guard or the U.S. Armed Forces Reserves are authorized a leave of absence with pay for 120 work hours per fiscal year for required military duty. Service members are permitted leave without reduced pay, benefits, or performance appraisals.
Permanent state employees can be granted a leave of absence without pay for the following military duty:
- Involuntarily inducted into the U.S. Armed Forces
- Reserve component service member called to active duty
- Voluntarily enters the U.S. Armed Forces for up to five years
- Service members subject to an involuntary extension
- Attending required active and inactive duty training
- To attend basic training
- Military Experience Allowed for Missouri Professional License Qualifications: All professional licensing boards or commissions in Missouri must accept applicable military education, training, or experience toward the qualification requirements for professional licenses or certifications.
- Missouri Professional License Extensions due to Military Service: Reserve component service members who hold a Missouri professional license or certification and are ordered to active duty are not required to attend continuing education or training during their active duty service. After returning from active duty, they will not have to make up or retake any training or education missed during that time.
- Missouri Professional License Reciprocity for Service Members: A service member with a valid professional license from another state, territory, or through a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces may apply for a Missouri professional license.
The service member must have been licensed for at least one year in another jurisdiction and will be authorized to apply for a license in the same profession and practice level.
- Missouri Professional Licenses for Nonresident Military Spouses: Missouri State agencies or boards that regulate occupations or professions will issue temporary courtesy licenses to the qualified nonresident spouse of an active duty Service Member reassigned to a duty station in Missouri.
In addition, all professional licensing boards and commissions must prioritize active-duty military spouses when processing applications.
- Health-Related Professional License Extension While on Active Duty: The Missouri health-related professional license or certificate of a reserve component service member called to active duty will remain active and in good standing until six months after their release from active duty.
- Missouri Local Veterans Employment Representatives (LVER) and Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) Specialists: The Missouri Division of Workforce Development has staff throughout the state to assist veterans, transitioning service members, and their spouses specifically. LVERs facilitate or help in job placement, accessing needed services and advocating for Veterans by developing employment opportunities. DVOP Specialists provide case management and build career and job training opportunities for Veterans, emphasizing Veterans with service-connected disabilities. All services at Missouri Job Centers are offered free of charge.
- Career and training guidance through group or individual counseling
- Skills assessment
- Individual Employment Plan
- Job readiness assessments, including interviews and testing
- Referrals to job search tools and training providers
- Assistance with resumes, cover letters, and interviewing skills
- Job placement assistance and job search workshops
- Labor market information
- Computer assistance and Internet access
- Online job application assistance
- Referrals to jobs, supportive services, and training resources
- Missouri Priority of Service for Veterans Employment and Training Programs: State agencies that administer federally funded employment and training programs for Veterans must prioritize qualified Veterans and their spouses.
- Missouri Employment Veterans Hiring Preferences: Missouri offers veterans’ preference when hiring for state employment. When an examination is used to establish eligible applicants, Veterans, surviving spouses of Veterans, disabled Veterans, or the spouse of a disabled Veteran will receive preference in hiring.
5 Point Eligibility:
- Served on active duty for at least six consecutive months (unless released early due to a service-connected disability or a reduction in force) and received an honorable discharge
- Called to active duty and participated in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge or service medal has been authorized and received an honorable discharge
- Served for at least six years in a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces
- Spouse of an honorably discharged disabled Veteran who is unqualified for state employment due to their service-connected disability.
- Un-remarried surviving spouse of an honorably discharged disabled Veteran
- Un-remarried surviving spouse of a service member killed while serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces
- Un-remarried surviving spouse of a Missouri National Guard Service member killed while serving on state active duty
10-point eligibility: Resident Veterans who receive compensation from the VA for a service-connected disability or a former Missouri National Guard Service member who was permanently disabled while serving on state active duty are eligible.
- Missouri Private Employers May Grant Veterans Hiring Preference: Missouri private employers are authorized to have a Veterans’ preference policy for hiring and promotion of a Veteran, spouse of a disabled Veteran with a service-connected permanent and total disability, or to a surviving spouse of a deceased Veteran.
- Missouri State Employees Retirement System (MOSERS) Service Credit for Veterans: MOSERS members who are Veterans or reserve component service members can purchase up to four years of active duty military service credit for military service that occurred before becoming a member. This includes active duty for training.
MOSERS members who take military leave to serve on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and return to their state employment can receive credit for the time they are served on active duty. State employees called to active duty can continue their life insurance coverage and long-term disability coverage for one year if they continue to pay any required premiums.
- Missouri Show-Me Heroes On-the-Job Training (OJT) Program: Show-Me Heroes offers full-time permanent OJT opportunities to eligible Veterans and their spouses.
The Show-Me Heroes program reimburses 50% of the wages of workers hired through the program for up to 1,040 hours.
Show-Me Heroes maintains a list of all employers who have signed the pledge to hire a Missouri Veteran and will help Veterans post their resume.
- Federal Employment Veteran’s Hiring Preferences: Federal law mandates that Veterans, especially those with disabilities or those who served during specific time periods or in military campaigns, are granted preference over non-veterans when it comes to Federal civil service hiring and retention during workforce reductions. In various scoring processes for examinations and interviews, Veterans may be eligible for an additional 5 or 10 points.
- 5-point Hiring Preference: Five points are added to the examination score or rating of a Veteran who served:
- During a war, or
- During the period April 28, 1952, through July 1, 1955, or
- For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred after January 31, 1955, and before October 15, 1976, or
- During the Gulf War from August 2, 1990, through January 2, 1992, or
- For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred during the period beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on August 31, 2010, the last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom, or
- In a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has been authorized. Any Armed Forces Expeditionary medal or campaign badge, including El Salvador, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Southwest Asia, Somalia, and Haiti, qualifies for preference
10-point Compensable Disability (CP) Preference: Ten points are added to the examination score or rating of a Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of at least 10% but less than 30%.
10-Point 30% Compensable Disability Preference (CPS): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of a Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of 30% or more.
10-Point Disability Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of:
- A veteran who served at any time and has a present service-connected disability or is receiving compensation, disability retirement benefits, or pension from the military or the VA but does not qualify as a CP or CPS, or
- Veteran who received a Purple Heart
10-Point Derived Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of spouses, Surviving spouses, or mothers of Veterans. Both a mother and a spouse (including a Surviving spouse) may be entitled to preference based on the same Veteran’s service if they both meet the requirements. However, neither may receive preference if the Veteran is living and is qualified for Federal employment.
Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of the spouse of a disabled Veteran who is disqualified for a federal position along the general lines of their usual occupation because of a service-connected disability. Such a disqualification may be presumed when the Veteran is unemployed and:
- Is rated by appropriate military or VA authorities to be 100% disabled and/or unemployable, or
- Has retired, been separated, or resigned from a civil service position because of a disability that is service-connected in origin, or
- Has attempted to obtain a civil service position or other position along the lines of their usual occupation and has failed to qualify because of a service-connected disability
Preference may be allowed in other circumstances but anything less than the above warrants a more careful analysis.
A campaign medal holder or Gulf War Veteran who originally enlisted after September 7, 1980, (or began active duty on or after October 14, 1982, and has not previously completed 24 months of continuous active duty) must have served continuously for 24 months or the full period called or ordered to active duty. The 24-month service requirement does not apply to 10-point preference eligible Veterans separated for disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, or to Veterans separated for hardship or other reasons under Title 10 U.S.C. 1171 or 1173.
Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA): USERRA protects civilian job rights and benefits for Veterans and members of reserve components. USERRA also protects Service member rights and benefits by clarifying the law, improving enforcement mechanisms, and adding Federal Government employees to those employees already eligible to receive Department of Labor assistance in processing claims.
Absence from Work for Military Duty: USERRA establishes the cumulative length of time that an individual may be absent from work for military duty and retain reemployment rights for five years. Exceptions to the five-year limit, include initial enlistments lasting more than five years, periodic National Guard and U.S. Armed Forces Reserve training duty, and involuntary active duty extensions and recalls, especially during a time of national emergency. USERRA establishes that reemployment protection does not depend on the timing, frequency, duration, or nature of an individual’s service if the basic eligibility criteria are met.
Disability Accommodation: USERRA provides protection for disabled Veterans, requiring employers to make reasonable efforts to accommodate the disability. Service members recovering from injuries received during service or training may have up to two years from the date of completion of service to return to their jobs or apply for reemployment.
Return to Work without Loss of Seniority: USERRA provides that returning Service members are reemployed in the job that they would have attained had they not been absent for military service, with the same seniority, status, and pay, as well as other rights and benefits determined by seniority. USERRA also requires that reasonable efforts (such as training or retraining) be made to enable returning Service members to refresh or upgrade their skills to help them qualify for reemployment. USERRA also provides that while an individual is performing military service, they are deemed to be on a furlough or leave of absence and are entitled to the non-seniority rights accorded to other individuals on non-military leaves of absence.
Extension of Health and Pension Plans: Health and pension plan coverage for Service members is provided for by USERRA. Individuals performing military duty of more than 30 days may elect to continue employer-sponsored health care for up to 24 months; however, they may be required to pay up to 102% of the full premium. For military service of less than 31 days, health care coverage is provided as if the Service member had remained employed. USERRA clarifies pension plan coverage by making explicit that all pension plans are protected.
Who is eligible for USERRA Benefits? Veterans, U.S. Armed Forces Reserve or National Guard Service members who leave a position for training or active military service are eligible.
The Department of Labor, through the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS), helps all who have claims under USERRA, including Federal and Postal Service employees.
Burials and Memorials
Please note that your preference regarding burial in a national cemetery and use of a headstone provided by VA should be documented and kept with your paperwork and medical records.
The National Cemetery Administration (NCA) pays tribute to eligible Veterans and their family members by providing a final resting place and a lasting memorial to commemorate the Veteran’s dedicated service to the nation.
The burial benefits encompass a gravesite in any of our open cemeteries with available space, the opening and closing of the grave, perpetual care, a government-furnished headstone or marker, a burial flag, and a Presidential Memorial Certificate, all at no cost to the family. Some Veterans may also meet the criteria for a burial allowance. Cremated remains are interred or inurned in national cemeteries with the same honors and respect as casketed remains.
Burial benefits extend to eligible spouses and dependents, including burial alongside the Veteran and perpetual care of the interment site. The name and relevant dates of birth and death of the spouse or dependent are inscribed on the Veteran’s headstone at no expense to the family. Importantly, spouses and qualified dependents are eligible for burial even if they pass away before the Veteran and are not required to be interred in the same national cemetery as the Veteran.
National Cemeteries include:
Jefferson City: Jefferson City National Cemetery
Kansas City: Union Confederate Monument Site
Springfield: Springfield National Cemetery
St. Louis: Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
Missouri VA Benefit Resources
Missouri provides Veterans with a District Benefits Office and a Regional Benefits Office, along with VA Medical Centers.
Missouri VA District Benefits Office
- St. Louis: Northeast District
Missouri VA Regional Benefits Office
- St. Louis: St. Louis Regional Office
Missouri VA Medical Centers
- Columbia: Harry S. Truman Memorial
- Kansas City: Kansas City VA Medical Center
- Poplar Bluff: John J. Pershing VA Medical Center
- Saint Louis: VA St. Louis Health Care System – Jefferson Barracks Division
Important information for Missouri Veteran Benefits:
For Veterans applying for VA benefits for the first time, you must submit a copy of your DD 214 (discharge paperwork). This will provide your discharge status, full name, social security number, branch of service, and dates for which you served. Honorable and general discharges qualify a Veteran for most VA benefits.
You should always keep your paperwork and medical records in a safe place where you and your family can access them. It is imperative to have it in a location where it cannot be destroyed or tampered with, which includes a safe.
Your eligibility for most VA benefits is based upon discharge from active military service under conditions other than dishonorable. Active service means full-time service as a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard or as a commissioned officer of the Public Health Service, the Environmental Services Administration, or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Any Veteran discharged from the military under the conditions of “Dishonorable” due to bad conduct discharges issued by general courts-martial may bar VA benefits. Veterans in prison and parolees may be eligible for certain VA benefits. VA regional offices can clarify the eligibility of prisoners, parolees, and individuals with multiple discharges issued under differing conditions.
*This information is accurate as of November 2023
Missouri Veteran Benefits
If you are a disabled Veteran in Missouri and are VA rated 90% or less, you may be eligible for additional benefits. Contact Veterans Guardian for a free consultation with no obligation. Let us review your claim to determine whether you qualify for additional benefits.