The types of veteran benefits California provides include housing, financial assistance, business, employment and education benefits. Veterans may be entitled to home loans, tuition waivers for disabled veterans' dependents, burial expenses, admission to residential care facilities, and preferences in state employment and contracting.
Honorably discharged California veterans over the age of 55 are entitled to admission to the state's residential facilities that offer medical, dental, rehabilitation and other services, as well as social activities. Veterans who wish to buy homes in California may obtain loans from the state at favorable interest rates.
Veteran business owners may earn preferences in obtaining state contracts since California strives to award 3 percent of state contracts to veteran-owned businesses. Certain veteran business are exempt from paying state and municipal taxes and business license fees. Veterans and their spouses may be eligible to receive 10 to 15 points added to their civil service examination scores for state government employment. Veterans who are not residents of California may be entitled to a waiver of out-of-state tuition.
Miscellaneous benefits California offers veterans include special license plates for disabled veterans, reduced fees at state parks and for fishing and hunting licenses, property tax exemptions, waiver of motor vehicle registration fees, and free advocacy services in obtaining VA benefits.