District of Columbia Veteran Benefits

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The District of Columbia provides several veteran benefits. This page explains those benefits.

Armed Forces Retirement Home

A retirement community for enlisted military retirees and veterans.

Open to veterans who served for a minimum of twenty years and at least one-half of their service was not active commissioned service (other than as a warrant officer or limited-duty officer). Disabled veterans may have special eligibility, married couples are welcome, but both must be eligible for residency.

Fees apply.

DC Veteran Property Tax Exemption

When a property owner turns 65 years of age or older, or is disabled, they can apply for for disabled or senior citizen property tax relief. This benefit reduces a qualified property owner's property tax by 50%.

DC Veterans Employment Preference

A veteran with more than 180 consecutive days active duty before October 14, 1976 -OR- any service during a time of war after October 15, 1976 and an honorable or general discharge is eligible for a preference in district government jobs. 

Normally a veteran within five years of discharge will get a five point preference and a 30% or greater disabled veteran will get a ten point preference. However, there are some special rules and exceptions. Some spouses & surviving spouses of disabled veterans may also get the preference.

DC National Guard Scholarship

The DC National Guard Scholarship will reimburse members of the Army DC National Guard up to $1,500 per semester or quarter at an approved college, university or educational institution while monies are available. 

Visit the District of Columbia Mayor's Office of Veterans Affairs website for more information.

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