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Veterans Guide to Retiring in Missouri

By    |   Monday, 08 Jun 2015 01:12 PM

Veterans looking to retire to the middle of the country might find the Show Me State willing to show them some advantages. Here's a guide to what military retirees should look for when considering retirement options in Missouri.

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  1. Tax-free Pensions
 - Missouri has been chipping away at the tax on military pensions since 2010 at 15 percent a year. By January 1, 2016, according to the Missouri Veterans Commission, there will be no income tax on military pensions.
  2. Agent Orange Settlement - 
Veterans can also get full income tax exemption for Agent Orange Settlement Payments; and widows and children of Vietnam War veterans can see if they qualify for free college classes, if the veteran's death is attributable to Agent Orange or similar chemicals used during the Vietnam War, according to Military.com.
  3. Medical Facilities
 - The state veterans commission operates seven skilled-nursing homes across the state, Military.com says. Monthly residents' fees are based on the veteran's ability to pay. There are various federal criteria to meet, and the veteran must have lived in Missouri for 180 days.
  4. Preferences
 - Veterans receive preference in state employment, and qualified veterans receive preference in federally funded employment and training programs. Hunting and fishing licenses are free, and veterans can apply for exemption for the examination for the state commercial driver's license, according to the Veterans Commission.
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  6. Outreach - The Veterans Commission also has outreach programs for minority veterans, veterans in prison, and women veterans of the Korean War and World War II. The women veterans of that era often don't consider themselves veterans and don't take advantage of services available, the commission says, and has a printable form for them to apply or seek information.
  7. Military Outreach
 - The active-duty military based in Missouri likes to keep ties to veteran retirees in the state. Whiteman Air Force Base, home of a Stealth bomber wing, has a retiree activity office, staffed by volunteer retirees and spouses to serve as a liaison between active-duty service members and retirees from all branches of service. The office provides information about benefits and otherwise answers questions and concerns, according to the base's website. Looking to keep base housing occupied during service cutbacks, the Army's Fort Leonard Wood offers empty base single-family housing to retirees and gold star families for rental. Active-duty soldiers have first priority on the housing, however.
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