Housing Benefits

  • Michael J. Fitzmaurice State Veterans Home

Financial Assistance Benefits

  • War veterans’ emergency loan program
  • Property tax exemption for 100% service disabled veterans
  • Property tax exemption for certain paraplegic or amputee veterans
  • Property and Sales tax refunds for certain aged or disabled veterans
  • South Dakota Veterans Bonuses
  • Sales Tax Refund for Certain Elderly & Disabled Vets

Education Benefits

  • Free tuition for certain veterans at state supported schools
  • Free tuition for children of veterans who died while in service
  • Free Tuition for Dependents of POW’s and MIA’s
  • Reduced Tuition for South Dakota National Guard Members
  • Honorary High School diplomas for WW11, Korea and Vietnam veterans
  • On the Job Training and Apprenticeship

Employment Benefits

  • Re-employment rights of public employees
  • Local Veterans employment representatives
  • Veterans preference

Other State Benefits

  • Free Certified Copies of Veterans Records
  • Burial Allowance
  • Headstone Setting Fee
  • Special License Plates
  • Veteran Designation on DL or ID Card
  • Hunting and Fishing Cards for Disabled Veterans
  • Free Admission and Reduced Camping Fees for Veterans
  • Special Provisions for Handicapped Hunters


South Dakota Department of Military and Veteran Affairs

425 East Capitol Avenue

Pierre, SD 57501-5070

Phone: (605) 773-3269


Secretary: Larry Zimmerman

Phone: 605-773-3518

TC:Steve Oliva

Phone: 605-773-8180


National Guard TAA: Bill Meirose

Phone: 605-737-6669