Types of benefits available:
A monthly benefit depending upon rating
percentage, with additional amounts for dependents of veterans with a 30 percent rating and above. This benefit is
available for those veterans who have been able to establish a connection to a disability or illness etc.,
based upon military service.
A monthly benefit for a single veteran with wartime service and a suitable
type of discharge. Additional amounts are available for those with dependents and those considered to be housebound or
in need of aid and attendance. This benefit is determined by the veteran's income from all sources and the veteran's
employability. Age is not a sole determining factor
- DEATH PENSION
A monthly benefit available to the surviving spouse of an eligible veteran. This benefit has a maximum dollar amount per month(contact this office for the current amount) for a surviving spouse with no dependents. Additional amounts are available for those with dependents or those who
meet certain medical conditions. This benefit also is based upon the applicant's income from all sources.
- DEPENDENCY and INDEMNITY COMPENSATION [DIC]
Payments may be available for surviving spouses who have not remarried, unmarried children under 18, helpless children,
those between 18 and 23 if attending a VA-approved school and low-income parents of deceased service members or veterans.
To be eligible, the deceased must have died from a service-connected disease or injury, or died while on active duty.
Willful misconduct of veteran will prevent award of DIC to surviving dependents.
- MEDICAL SERVICES
These benefits are established by the Veterans Health Administration and provided by the various medical centers and
community-based outpatient centers (CBOCís). These benefits are for the veteran only and not the spouse or dependents
except for those vets rated 100% for a service-connected disability. The veteran should contact the closest VAMC. In
this area, it is the Marion Medical Center, 1700 E. 38th St., Marion or call: 1-800-498-8792. Veterans will need
a copy of their DD FORM 214 or other proof of military service.
Anyone interested in these services should contact us to obtain more information and to determine eligibility.
- CLOTHING ALLOWANCE
Any veteran who is entitled to receive compensation for a service-connected disability for which he or she uses prosthetic
or orthopedic appliances may receive an annual clothing allowance. The allowance also is available to any veteran
with a service-connected skin condition that requires a prescribed medication that damages the veteran's outer
- AID AND ATTENDANCE OR HOUSE-BOUND
A veteran who is a patient in a nursing home, who is otherwise determined by VA to be in need of the regular aid and
attendance of another person or who is permanently house-bound, may be entitled to higher income limitations or additional
benefits, depending on the type of pension received. This benefit is also for eligible widows who are entitled to benefits
under the pension program and they also may be entitled to higher income limitations or additional benefits.
- EDUCATION AND TRAINING
POST 911 GI Bill
The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill..
The Post-9/11 GI Bill will pay your tuition based upon the highest in-state tuition charged by a public educational institution in the state where the school is located. The amount of support that an individual may qualify for depends on where they live and what type of degree they are pursuing.
Tuition & fees directly to the school not to exceed the maximum in-state tuition & fees at a public Institution of Higher Learning. See chart listing maximum in-state tuition rates for more expensive tuition, a program exists which may help to reimburse the difference. This program is called the "Yellow Ribbon Program". A monthly housing allowance based on the Basic Allowance for Housing for an E-5 with dependents at the location of the school. For those attending foreign schools (schools without a main campus in the U.S.) the BAH rate is fixed at $1,347.00 for 2011 and $1,348.00 for 2010.
An annual books & supplies stipend of $1,000 paid proportionately based on enrollment. A one-time rural benefit payment for eligible individuals. This benefit is payable only for training at an Institution of Higher Learning (IHL). If you are enrolled exclusively in online training you will not receive the housing allowance. If you are on active duty you will not receive the housing allowance or books & supplies stipend. This benefit provides up to 36 months of education benefits, generally benefits are payable for 15 years following your release from active duty. The Post-9/11 GI Bill also offers some service members the opportunity to transfer their GI Bill to dependents.
Montgomery GI Bill (Active Duty)
The Montgomery GI Bill (Active Duty) provides a program of education benefits to individuals who enter active duty for the
first time after June 30, 1989, and receive an honorable discharge. Active duty includes full-time National Guard duty
performed after Nov 29, 1989. Members of the Army and Air Force National Guard who enlisted between June 30, 1985 and
Nov. 29, 1989, had to decide before July 9, 1997, to participate in the Montgomery GI Bill (Active Duty). To receive the
maximum benefit, the participant must serve on active duty for three years. An individual also may qualify for the full
benefit by initially service two continuous years on active duty, followed by four years of Selected Reserve service,
beginning within one year of release from active duty.
To participate in the Montgomery GI Bill, service members have their military pay reduced by $100.00 a month for the first
12 months of active duty. This money is not refundable. The participant must have a high school diploma or an equivalency
certificate before the first period of active duty ends. Credits granted by colleges for life experiences may be used to
meet this requirement. Completing a minimum of 12 credit hours toward a college degree meets this requirement. Individuals
who serve a continuous period of at least three years of active duty, even though they were initially obligated to serve
less, will be paid the maximum benefit.
Benefits under this program generally end 10 years from the date of the veteran's last discharge or release from active
duty, but some extenuating circumstances qualify for extensions. A veteran with a discharge upgraded by the military will
have 10 years from the date of the upgrade.
Discharges and separations
For the Montgomery GI Bill program, the discharge must be honorable. Discharges designated "under honorable conditions"
and "general" do not establish eligibility. An honorable discharge for one of the following reasons may result in a
reduction of the required length of active duty:
- convenience of the government
- a medical condition existing before service
- force reductions
- physical or mental conditions that prevent satisfactory performance of duty.
Education and training available
The following are available under the Montgomery GI Bill:
- Courses at colleges and universities leading to associate, bachelor or graduate degrees, and accredited
- Courses leading to a certificate or diploma from business, technical or vocational schools
- Apprenticeship or on-job training programs for individuals not on active duty
- Correspondence courses, under certain conditions
- Flight training, if the veteran has a private pilot license and meets the medical requirements upon beginning
the training program
- Tutorial assistance benefits if the individual is enrolled in school halftime or more, and refresher, deficiency
and similar training
- State-approved teacher certification programs.
Other items covered under this education bill
- Work study;
- Counseling services
Montgomery GI Bill (Selected Reserve) eligibility
The Montgomery GI Bill (Selected Reserve) provides education benefits to members of the reserve elements of the Army,
Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, and to members of the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard.
To be eligible for the program, a reservist must:
- Have a six-year obligation to serve in the Selected Reserve signed after June 30, 1985, or, if an officer, agree to
serve six years in addition to the original obligation
- Complete Initial Active Duty for Training (IADT)
- Have a high-school diploma or equivalency certificate before completing IADT
- Remain in good standing in a Selected Reserve unit.
Education and training available
Reservists may seek an undergraduate degree, go for graduate training, or take technical courses at colleges and
universities. Flight training also is allowed. Those who have a six-year commitment beginning after Sept. 30, 1990, may
take courses for a certificate or diploma from business, technical or vocational schools; cooperative training;
apprenticeship or on-the-job training; correspondence courses; independent study programs; flight training; tutorial
assistance; remedial, refresher and other training; and state-approved certification programs for training alternate
Period of Eligibility
If a reservist stays in the Selected Reserve, benefits end 10 years from the date the reservist became eligible for the
program. VA may extend the 10-year period if the individual could not train due to a disability caused by Selected
Reserve service. If a reservist leaves the Selected Reserve because of a disability, the individual may use the full
10 years. VA may also extend the 10-year period if the reservist was ordered to active duty. In other cases, benefits end
the day the reservist leaves the Selected Reserve, except that certain individuals separated from the Selected Reserve due
to downsizing of the military between Oct. 1, 1991, and Sept. 30, 1999, will have the full 10 years to use their benefits.
If the 10-year period ends while the participant is attending school, however, VA may pay benefits until the end of the
term. If the training is not on a term basis, payments may continue for 12 weeks.
Other items covered under this education bill
- Work study
- Counseling services
- VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION
A disabled veteran may receive employment assistance, self-employment assistance, training in a rehabilitation facility,
and college and other training. Severely disabled veterans may receive assistance to improve their ability to live
independently or to benefit from vocational rehabilitation.
Veterans and service members are eligible for vocational rehabilitation if they meet these three conditions:
- They suffer a service-connected disability or disabilities in active service that is rated at least 20 percent
disabling. Veterans with a 10 percent disability may also be found eligible if they have serious employment handicap.
- They are discharged or released under other than dishonorable conditions or are hospitalized and awaiting
separation for a service-connected condition at least 20 percent disabling.
- They need rehabilitation to overcome an employment handicap caused substantially from a service-connected disability.
Period of rehabilitation program
The veteran must complete a rehabilitation program within 12 years of a military discharge. This period may be extended
if a medical condition prevented the veteran from training or if the veteran has a serious employment handicap. Disabled
veterans may receive services until they have reached their rehabilitation goal, up to 48 months. VA may provide
counseling, job placement and post-employment services for up to 18 additional months.
Rehabilitation program costs
VA will pay the costs of tuition and required fees, books, supplies and equipment. VA may also pay for special support,
such as tutorial assistance, prosthetic devices, lip-reading training and signing for the deaf. VA will help the veteran
to pay for at least part of the transportation expenses unique to disabled people during training or the employment
stages of the program. VA also can provide an advance against future benefit payments for veterans who run into financial
difficulties during training.
VA will pay participants in advance for work-study at the three-quarter or full-time rate. A participant with VA
supervision can provide outreach services, prepare and process VA paperwork, work at a VA Medical Facility or perform
other approved activities.
Program for unemployable veterans
Veterans awarded 100 percent disability compensation based upon unemployability may still request an evaluation. If
found eligible, may participate in a vocational rehabilitation program and receive help in getting a job. A veteran who
secures employment under the special program will continue to receive 100 percent disability compensation until the
veteran has worked continuously for at least 12 months.
- HOME LOAN GUARANTIES
VA loan guaranties - to be used for the purchase of homes, condominiums and manufactured for refinancing loans - are made
to service members, veterans, reservists and surviving spouses who have not remarried. VA guarantees part of the total
loan, permitting the purchaser to obtain a mortgage with a competitive interest rate, even without a down payment if the
lender agrees. VA
requires that a down payment be made for the purchase of a manufactured home. VA also requires a down payment for a home
for condominium if the purchase price exceeds the reasonable value of the property or the loan has a graduated payment
feature. With a VA guaranty, the lender is protected against loss up to the amount of the guaranty if the borrower fails
to repay the loan. A VA loan guaranty can be used to:
- Buy a home.
- Buy a residential condominium.
- Build a home.
- Repair, alter or improve a home.
- Refinance an existing home loan.
- Buy a manufactured home with or without a lot.
- Buy and improve a manufactured home lot.
- Install a solar heating or cooling system or other weatherization improvements.
- Purchase and improve a home simultaneously with energy efficient improvements.
- Refinance an existing VA loan to reduce the interest rate and make energy-efficient improvements.
- Refinance a manufactured home loan to acquire a lot.
Applicants must have a good credit rating, have an income sufficient to support mortgage payments, and agree to live
in the property. To obtain a VA certificate of eligibility, complete VA Form 26-1880, "Request for Determination of
Eligibility and Available Loan Guaranty Entitlement,". Eligibility varies with service.
The amount of the VA guaranty available to an eligible veteran is called the entitlement and may be considered the
equivalent of a down payment by lenders. Up to $50,750 in entitlement may be available to veterans purchasing or
constructing homes to be financed with a loan of more than $144,000 and to veterans who obtain an Interest Rate
Reduction Refinancing Loan of more than $144,000. The amount of entitlement varies with the loan amount.
VA does not establish a maximum loan amount. No loan for the acquisition of a home, however, may exceed the reasonable
value of the property. A loan for the purpose of refinancing existing mortgage loans or other liens secured on a
dwelling is generally limited to 90 percent of the appraised value of the dwelling. A loan to reduce the interest rate
on an existing VA-guaranteed loan, however, can be made for an amount equal to the outstanding balance on the old loan
plus closing costs, reasonable discount points and energy-efficient improvements. A loan for the purchase of a
manufactured home or lot is limited to 95 percent of the amount that would be subject to finance charges. The VA
funding fee and up to $6,000 in energy-efficient improvements also may be included in the loan. A veteran who previously
obtained a VA loan can use the remaining entitlement for a second purchase. The amount of remaining entitlement is the
difference between $36,000 or $50,750 for special loans, and the amount of entitlement used on prior loans. Veterans
refinancing an existing VA loan with a new VA loan at a lower interest rate need not have any entitlement available
Veterans must certify that they intend to live in the home they are buying or building with a VA guaranty. A veteran
who wishes to refinance or improve a home with a VA guaranty also must certify to being in occupancy at the time of
application. A spouse may certify occupancy if the buyer is on active duty. In refinancing a VA guaranteed loan solely
to reduce the interest rate, veterans need only certify to prior occupancy.
Payment in cash is required on all home loan closing costs, including title search and recording, hazard insurance
premiums, prepaid taxes and a 1 percent origination fee, which may be required by lenders in lieu of certain other
costs. In the case of refinancing loans, all such costs may be included in the loan, as long as the total loan does
not exceed 90 percent of the reasonable value of the property. Interest Rate Reduction Refinancing Loans may include
closing costs and a maximum of 2 discount points. Loans, including refinancing loans, are charged a funding fee by
VA, except for loans made to disabled veterans and unremarried surviving spouses of veterans who died as a result of
service. The VA funding fee is based on the loan amount and, at the discretion of the veteran and the lender, may be
included in the loan.
Financing, interest rates and terms
Veterans obtain VA-guaranteed loans through the usual lending institutions, including banks, savings and loan
associations, building and loan associations, and mortgage loan companies. Veterans may obtain a loan with a fixed
interest rate, which may be negotiated with the lender. If the lender charges discount points on the loan, the veteran
may negotiate with the seller as to who will pay points or if they will be split between buyer and seller. Points paid
by the veteran may not be included in the loan, except that a maximum of 2 points may be included in Interest Rate
Reduction Refinancing Loans. The loan may be for as long as 30 years and 32 days. VA does not require that a down
payment be made, except in the following instances: 1) a manufactured home or lot loan; 2) a loan with graduated payment
features; and 3) to prevent the amount of a loan from exceeding VA's determination of the property's reasonable value.
If the sale price exceeds the reasonable value, the veteran must certify that the difference is being paid in cash
without supplementary borrowing. A cash down payment of 5 percent of the purchase price
is required for manufactured home or lot loans.
VA sells homes that have been acquired after foreclosure of a VA-guaranteed loan. These homes are available to both
veterans and nonveterans. Contact local real estate agents for available listings.
Safeguards for veterans
- Homes completed less than a year before purchase with VA financing and inspected during construction by either
VA or HUD must meet VA requirements.
- VA may suspend from the loan program those who take unfair advantage of veteran borrowers or decline to sell a
new home or make a loan because of race, color, religion, sex, disability, family status or national origin.
- The builder of a new home is required to give the purchasing veteran a one-year warranty that the home has
been constructed to VA-approved plans and specifications. A similar warranty must be given for new
- In cases of new construction completed under VA or HUD inspection, VA may pay or otherwise compensate the
veteran borrower for correction of structural defects seriously affecting livability if assistance is
requested within four years of a home-loan guaranty.
- The borrower obtaining a loan may only be charged the fees and other charges prescribed by VA as allowable.
- The borrower can prepay without penalty the entire loan or any part not less than the amount of one
installment or $100.
- VA encourages holders to extend forbearance if a borrower becomes temporarily unable to meet the terms
of the loan.
- BURIAL BENEFITS
Burial benefits in a VA National Cemetery include the gravesite, a headstone or marker, opening and closing of the
grave, and perpetual care. Many national cemeteries have columbary or gravesites for cremated remains.
Veterans and service members are eligible for burial in VA national cemetery. An eligible veteran must have been
discharged separated from active duty under conditions other than dishonorable and have completed the required
period of service. Those entitled to retired pay as a result of 20 years creditable service with a reserve
component are eligible. A U.S. citizen who served in the armed forces of a government allied with the United States
in a war also may be eligible. A 1997 law bars persons convicted of federal or state capital crimes from being buried
or memorialized in one of the VA national cemeteries or in Arlington National Cemetery.
Spouses and minor children of eligible veterans and of service members also may be buried in a national cemetery.
Adult children incapable of self-support due to physical or mental disability are eligible for burial. If a surviving
spouse of an eligible veteran marries a nonveteran, and remarriage was terminated by divorce or death of the
nonveteran, the spouse is eligible for burial in a national cemetery.
Gravesites in national cemeteries cannot be reserved. Funeral directors or others making burial arrangements must
apply at the time of death. Reservations made under previous programs are honored. Cemeteries do not provide military
honors but may make referrals to military units or volunteer groups. The National Cemetery Administration normally
does not conduct burials on weekends. A weekend caller, however, will be directed to one of three VA cemetery offices
that remain open during weekends to schedule burials at the cemetery of the caller's choice during the following
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington National Cemetery is under the jurisdiction of the Army. Eligibility for burials is more limited than other
- HEADSTONES AND MARKERS
VA provides headstones and markers for the unmarked graves of veterans anywhere in the world and of eligible
dependents of veterans buried in a national, state veteran or military post cemeteries. Flat bronze, flat granite,
flat marble, upright granite and upright marble types are available to mark the grave in a style consistent with the
cemetery. Niche markers also are available for identifying cremated remains in columbary.
Headstones and markers are inscribed with the name of the deceased, branch of service, and the years of birth and
death. Optional items that may be inscribed are military grade, rank or rate; war service such as "World War II";
months and days of birth and death; an emblem reflecting one's religion; and text indicating valor awards. When
burial is in a national, state veteran or military post cemetery, the headstone or marker is ordered through the
cemetery, which will place it on the grave. Information on style, inscription and shipping can be obtained through
When burial occurs in a cemetery other than a national, military post or state veterans cemetery, the VA must handle
the application for the headstone or marker. It is shipped at government expense. VA, however, does not pay the cost
of placing the headstone or marker.
Headstone or markers for memorial plots
To memorialize an eligible veteran whose remains are not available for burial, VA will provide a memorial headstone or
marker. The headstone or marker is the same as that used to identify a grave except that the phrase "In Memory of"
precedes the inscription. The headstone or marker is available to memorialized eligible veterans or deceased service
members whose remains were not recovered or identified, were buried at sea, donated to science, or cremated and
scattered. The memorial marker also may be provided for placement in a cemetery other than a national cemetery. In
such cases, VA supplies the marker and pays the cost of shipping, but does not pay for the plot or the placement of
VA provides an American flag to drape the casket of a veteran or a reservist entitled to retired military pay. After
the funeral service, the flag may be given to the next of kin or a close associate. Flags are issued at VA regional
offices and national cemeteries, and post offices.
Reimbursement of burial expenses
VA will pay a burial allowance up to $1,500 if the veteran's death is service-connected. In some instances, VA also
will pay the cost of transporting the remains of a service-disabled veteran to the national cemetery nearest the home
of the deceased that has available gravesites. In such cases, the person who bore the veteran's burial expenses may
claim reimbursement from VA.
VA will pay a $300 burial and funeral expense allowance for veterans who, at time of death, were entitled to receive
pension or compensation or would have been entitled to compensation but for receipt of military retirement pay.
Eligibility also may be established when death occurs in a VA facility, a nursing home under VA contract or a state
nursing home. Additional costs of transportation of the remains may be paid. There is no time limit for filing
reimbursement claims of service-connected deaths. In other deaths, claims must be filed within two years after
permanent burial or cremation.
VA will pay a $150 plot allowance when a veteran is not buried in a cemetery that is under U.S. government
jurisdiction under the following circumstances: The veteran was discharged from active duty because of disability
incurred or aggravated in the line of duty; the veteran was in receipt of compensation or pension or would have been
except for receiving military retired pay; or the veteran died in a VA facility. The $150 plot allowance may be paid
to the state if a veteran is buried without charge for the cost of the plot or interment in a state-owned cemetery
reserved solely by the deceased's employer or a state agency will not be reimbursed.
- DEPENDENTS EDUCATION
Educational assistance benefits are available to spouses who have not remarried and children of: (1) veterans who died
or are permanently and totally disabled as the result of a disability arising from active military service;
(2) veterans who died from any cause while rated permanently and totally disabled from service-connected disability;
(3) service members listed for more than 90 days as currently missing in action or captured in line of duty by a
hostile force; (4) servicemembers listed for more than 90 days as currently detained or interned by a foreign
government or power.
Benefits may be awarded for pursuit of associate, bachelor's or graduate degrees at colleges and universities--including
independent study, cooperative training and study-abroad programs. Courses leading to a certificate or diploma from
business, technical or vocational schools also may be taken.
Benefits may be awarded for apprenticeships, on-job-training programs and farm cooperative courses. Benefits for
correspondence courses under certain conditions are available to spouses only. Secondary-school programs may be
pursued if the individual is not a high-school graduate. An individual with a deficiency in a subject may receive
tutorial benefits halftime or more. Deficiency, refresher and other training also may be available.
Other benefits available under this program
- Work study
- Counseling services
- Special benefits
- Spina Bifida assistance
Loans are available to spouses who qualify for educational assistance. Spouses who have passed their 10-year period
of eligibility may be eligible for an educational loan. During the first two years after the end of their eligibility
period, they may borrow up to $2,500 per academic year to continue a full-time course leading to a college degree or
to a professional or vocational objective which requires at least six months to complete. VA may waive the six-month
requirement. Loans are based on financial need.
Home loan guaranties
A VA loan guaranty to acquire a home may be available to an unremarried spouse of a veteran or service member who has
been officially listed as missing in action or as a prisoner of war for more than 90 days. Spouses of those listed as
prisoners of war or missing in action are limited to one loan.
Medals awarded while in active service are issued by the appropriate service if requested by veterans or, if deceased,
their next of kin.
- STATE-SUPPORTED BENEFITS
Remission of fees for the children of a disabled veteran
The natural or legally adopted children of a disabled veteran may be eligible for remission of fees at any
state-supported post secondary school or university in the State of Indiana. This applies regardless of the age of the
child as long as the child is a resident of the state. The rules are:
- The veteran must have served in active duty U.S. Armed Forces during a period of wartime.
- The veteran must be declared to be disabled by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, or the Department of
Defense (if the Department of Defense, the veteran must supply official documentation) even if the disability
is 0% and non-compensatory.
- The veteran received a Purple Heart Medal. (Official documentation of the award is required).
- The veteran was a resident of Indiana at the time of entry into the service and was declared a POW or MIA
after Jan 1, 1960.
- The student was a veteran related pupil at the Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Children's Home.
The remission of fees is good for 124 semester hours of education and may be used for either undergraduate or
graduate level work. Ref: IC 20-12-19-1 and IC 10-5-16.5-3.
Property tax abatements
Property tax deductions are available to disabled Hoosier Veterans under the following conditions:
- A $12,480.00 abatement is available to veterans who:
- Served at least 90 days of honorable service
- Are totally, (not necessarily service-connected but the disability must be evidenced by a U.S. Department of
Veterans Affairs pension certificate) OR
- Are at least 62 years old and 10% service-connected disabled.
- A $24,960.00 abatement is available for veterans who:
- Served honorably in the Armed Forces during any period of wartime.
- Are at least 10% service connected disabled.
- A $37,440.00 tax abatement is available for any veteran who:
Served honorably during any period of wartime. OR
Is at least 62 years old and have a 10% or under age 62 with 100% service connected-disabled.
The surviving spouse of the veteran is eligible for the veterans tax exemption. The spouse must apply in his or her own
name. Ref: IC6-1.1-12-14 and IC 6-1.1-12-15.
Peddlers, vendors, or hawkers license
State law provides that any wartime veteran who has an honorable discharge shall be granted these licenses by all cities
and counties free of charge. Ref IC-25-25-2-1 (IC 25-25-2-3 Exempts any county having a consolidated city from this
Hoosier veteran license plates
Any resident of the state who was honorably separated from the active Armed Forces can purchase a Hoosier veteran
Disabled veteran license plates:
Disabled veteran plates are the same as wheelchair plates in the state of Indiana. These are strictly to those
individuals who have a serious mobility impairment due to a service-connected disability. The Indiana Department of
Veterans Affairs must verify the veteran's eligibility. Ref: IC 9-18-18-1, IC 9-18-18-2, IC 9-18-18-3
Ex-prisoner of war plates
The POW license plate is available to all ex-prisoners of war or to the surviving spouse of a deceased POW. The Indiana
Department of Veterans Affairs must verify the eligibility of the applicant. Ref: IC 9-18-17-1.
Purple heart plates
Any Hoosier Veteran who has received the purple heart medal is authorized to have these special license plates. The
veteran must present official documentation of the award, and the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs must verify the
veteran's eligibility. Ref: IC9-18-19-1, IC 9-18-19-2, IC 9-18-19-3.
Vital documents for veterans benefits
The Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs and the Indiana State Archives have copies of DD-214's on file for many
Hoosier veterans who entered the service from Indiana. Copies of these will be provided upon request to the Indiana
Department of Veterans Affairs. The processing time for such a request is usually two to three days. The Indiana
Department of Veterans Affairs or your County Veterans Service Officer can assist you with the paperwork to obtain other
documents from the federal government. Ref: IC 10-5-7-1.
The Veterans Home
The Indiana Veterans Home in West Lafayette provides nursing and domiciliary care for any Hoosier veteran with at least
one-day of wartime service. To qualify you must have been a resident of Indiana for at least five years. The home is
open to both veterans and their spouses. Ref: IC 10-6-1-7
Each county auditor is authorized to pay up to an amount not to exceed $100 for the burial of a veteran or the
veteran's spouse and to pay up to $100 for the setting of a federal headstone. Veterans must have received an honorable
discharge, and a application must be filed Ref: IC 10-5-3-1.