State of South Carolina Department of Veterans Affairs
VETERANS REEMPLOYMENT RIGHTS
Employees of the State/any political subdivision thereof, on or after June 25, 1950 has been,
or will be, commissioned, enlisted/selected for service in the Armed Forces of the U.S. shall
be entitled to a leave of absence from his/her duties as an employee of the State/any
political subdivision thereof, without loss of seniority or efficiency or register rating.
CREDIT OF STATE RETIREMENT FOR MILITARY SERVICE
A person leaving employment with the State for military duty, may continue with the State's
Retirement Program if he/she continues to make payments based on the salary he/she was receiving when employed by the State.
An employee of the State with two (2) or more years of credited service with the South
Carolina Retirement System may also purchase additional credit, up to six years, for
militaryservice towards his/her State retirement.
Contact State Retirement Systems at 1-800-868-9002 / 803-737-6800 for a cost analysis.
ADMISSIONS TAX EXEMPTION
Provides for the exemption of admissions taxes to athletic contests in which junior
American Legion athletic teams are participants unless the proceeds are given to individual
players in the form of salary or otherwise.
INCOME TAX EXEMPTION ON RETIREMENT PAY
Any person retired from the uniformed services or their surviving spouse, shall be allowed an exemption from the S.C. State Income Tax of $3,000 until age 65. At age 65 $10,000 of
retirement pay is exempt.
PROPERTY TAXES - HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION
All persons who have been declared permanently and totally disabled by the Social Security
Administration, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, other state or federal agencies, are
eligible for a homestead exemption in an amount set by the General Assembly. This also
applies to persons over age 65.
FREE HUNTING AND FISHING LICENSES
Provides for free hunting/fishing license to veterans who are totally disabled. License must be applied for directly from SC Department of Natural Resources showing proof of disablility.
SCDNR phone 803-734-3838.
STATE PARKS TOTALLY DISABLED PERSONS
Provides that any South Carolina resident who is a permanently and totally disabled veteran
may enter any state park at a reduced rate upon presentation of supporting disability
documentation. The veteran may also apply for a reduced fee "Palmetto Passport." Certain
services may require an additional fee.
For more information dial (888) 88PARKS (887-2757) or (803) 734-0161. You may also find information about SC State Parks at www.southcarolinaparks.com.
SPECIAL LICENSE PLATES
Upon establishing proof of eligibility to entitlement, the S.C. Department of Public Safety,
(803) 737-4000, may issue special motor vehicle license plates to the following:
National Guard Retirees
Purple Heart Recipients
U.S. Armed Forces Retirees
Ex-Prisoners of War
Medal of Honor Recipients
Pearl Harbor Survivors
Normandy Invasion Survivors
Marine Corps League
PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION
Provides that the dwelling house in which a veteran resides who has been rated as
permanently and totally disabled by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs may be tax
exempt. The tax exemption may be transferred when purchasing another dwelling.
SPECIALLY ADAPTED HOUSING
Provides for the exemption of state, county, and municipal taxes on the residence of
veterans who have lost the use of their lower extremities or who has paralysis of one lateral
half of the body resulting from injury to the motor centers of the brain.
TAX EXEMPTION FOR COMPENSATION, PENSION, DISABILITY
RETIREMENT PAY, AND VA PAYMENTS
Provides that federal tax exempt moneys received from pension or compensation providedby the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, or disability pay from the Armed Forces will not be included in SC tax.
PRESENTATION OF THE STATE FLAG TO FAMILIES OF DECEASED
MEMBERS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA NATIONAL GUARD
Provides that the State Adjutant General's Office shall present to the family of each
deceased member of the South Carolina National Guard a flag of the State of South Carolina, appropriate for use as a burial flag, upon application of a member of the family of the deceased.
RECORDING OF DISCHARGES
A certified copy of the recorded discharge may be obtained upon request. Any person
desiring a certified copy of any discharge or certificate of lost discharge, may apply to the
County Clerk of Court or the County Veterans Affairs Officer in which the discharge or
certificate of lost discharge is registered and shall be furnished a certified copy. Fees for
furnishing a certified copy of discharge or DD Form 214 may be established by each
County,but may not exceed fifty cents.
PARKING FEE EXEMPTION
Provides for an exemption of municipal parking meter fees when a veteran's vehicle bears a
disabled veteran ("V" tag), Purple Heart or Medal of Honor license plate.
MARRIAGE, BIRTH, DEATH AND DIVORCE VERIFICATION
Provides for the verification of marriage, birth, death, and divorce records without cost when
such is required by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the S.C. Division of Veterans
Affairs, the County Veterans Affairs Offices, or any out of state Veterans Affairs entities.
STATE VETERANS NURSING HOMES
There are two facilities in South Carolina: the E. Roy Stone Jr., Pavilion, which is located in
Columbia, and the Richard Michael Campbell Veterans Nursing Home in Anderson, S.C.
Admission to these facilities is limited to veterans who have been separated from the U.S.
Armed Forces under honorable conditions and qualify as South Carolina residents who arein need of skilled or intermediate nursing home care. To apply for admission, contact the
Department of Mental Health at (803) 737-5441 or 737-5282.
FREE TUITION/EDUCATION ASSISTANCE (FREE TUITION FOR CERTAIN
Provides for free tuition to the children of certain war veterans attending South Carolina state
supported colleges and universities as well as state supported post high school technical
education institutions. Certain residency requirements apply. For questions or to apply
contact (803) 255-4255.
Click here to download the Application for Tuition Assistance for Certain War Veterans
Children (Adobe Acrobat pdf).
ACTIVE DUTY PAY RELEVANT TO THE S.C. DEPARTMENT OF
REVENUE AND TAXATION
Non-resident armed services personnel who are legal residents of other States stationed
within South Carolina by virtue of military orders, are not subject to South Carolina income
tax on their service pay. They are, however, subject to tax on any other income earned in
South Carolina by spouses of service personnel.
SOUTH CAROLINA MILITARY FAMILY RELIEF FUND
The South Carolina Military Family Relief Fund (SCMFRF), signed into law in 2004 by Governor Mark Sanford, provides monetary grants to families of South Carolina National Guard members and South Carolina residents serving in the U.S. Armed Forces Reserve components who were called to active duty as a result of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
SC Military Family Relief Fund Brochure (Word)
SC Military Family Relief Fund Application (Word)
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