Hey Vets, My team and I here at VA Claims Insider have put together this Insider’s Guide covering the Arizona Veterans Benefits you can expect if you live in the Copper state!
The Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services (ADVS) administers a wide range of Arizona state benefits for disabled veterans, such as free benefits and disability claims counseling, state veteran homes, health care, education, pension, home loans and property taxes, insurance, recreational discounts, employment, and legal advice, among others.
You can visit the ADVS website to learn more about the activities, services, and benefits they can assist with if you are an in-state Veteran or family member of an Arizona disabled veteran. But first, let’s jump into all the Veteran benefits and VA benefits the Grand Canyon State has in store for you!
- Overview of Arizona Military Life
- Arizona VA Benefits Overview
- Arizona Veterans Benefits: Financial Benefits
- Arizona Veterans Benefits: Housing & Healthcare
- Arizona Veterans Benefits: Employment
- Arizona Veterans Benefits: Education
- Arizona Veterans Benefits: Recreational Discounts, Licenses & Passes
- Arizona Veterans Benefits: Vehicle Licenses, Plates & Privileges
- Arizona VA Facilities
- Veterans Health Administration – VISN 22: Desert Pacific Healthcare Network
- Veterans Benefits Administration – Pacific District
- Arizona Veterans Benefits: Conclusion
- About the Author
Overview of Arizona Military Life
Arizona’s veteran population ranks 13th largest according to the most recent available data from the U.S. Census Bureau (released in July 2019):
- Adult Population: 5.4 million (15th)
- Veteran Population: 480,778 (13th)
Arizona ranks in the top 20 for highest unemployment for vets, and is in the upper 20 states with veterans below poverty level.
- Veteran Unemployment: 4.8% (15th overall)
- Veteran Poverty Rate: 7.3% (18th)
Arizona also is in the upper half of states with disabled veterans.
- Veterans with a Disability: 30.0% (4th)
Other economic factors to consider are that Arizona ranks right in the middle of states when it comes to cost of living (ranking 26th). It is also one of the 15 most expensive states when it comes to housing affordability (housing affordability ranking: 37th).
Overall, Arizona is only ranked 34th when it comes to an economic environment for veterans. Part of this is because the median income of veterans in Arizona is $36,053, which is in the lower average of states.
Despite this Arizona ranks high for overall quality of life (11th overall). Veterans love living in Arizona, many for its year long warm weather and natural beauty. Even though it ranks in the lowest 10 states for veteran health care (44th), Arizona has a good number of VA locations with 29 and 9 military bases. All of these factors play into why Arizona has one of the larger percentages of a veteran population (9%).
With all that said, let’s take a closer look at the benefits for disabled veterans in Arizona.
Arizona VA Benefits Overview
Veterans Benefits Administration- Pacific District
|395||Pacific District||3333 North Central Avenue, Suite 3026 |
Phoenix, AZ 85012-2402
Arizona Veterans Benefits: Financial Benefits
Federal (Civil Service or Military Retirement) payments (including SBP) of up to $3,500.00 per year are tax-free.
The property tax of widows, widowers, and disabled persons may be waived in certain cases. Contact your County Assessor office for eligibility
Vehicle License Tax and Registration Fees
No license tax or registration fee is collected from any 100% service-connected disabled veteran for a personally owned vehicle. A veteran residing in Arizona is exempt from a vehicle license tax on a vehicle acquired by the veteran through financial aid from the VA. This also applies to the surviving spouse, if the veteran dies, until they remarry.
Arizona Military Family Relief Fund
The Arizona Military Family Relief Fund (MFRF) was established by the Arizona Legislature in 2007 to provide financial assistance to the families of currently deployed service members and Post-9/11 Military and Veteran Families for hardships caused by the service member’s deployment after September 11, 2001.
Service Members and Veterans discharged under honorable conditions who meet all of the following criteria may be eligible for financial assistance:
Deployment by the service member or Veteran
Military deployment is the movement of armed forces. Deployment includes any movement from a military service member’s home station to somewhere outside the continental U.S. and its territories.
Arizona Residency (one of the following must apply to the service member or veteran)
- Claimed Arizona as home of record OR
- Member of Arizona National Guard at time of deployment OR
- Deployed from an Arizona military installation
Financial Hardship (one of the following must apply):
- For veterans: must demonstrate that a deployment caused their current financial hardship
- For family members of a service member: must demonstrate that a financial hardship is due to the service member’s current deployment
- For surviving families: service member or Veteran died or was wounded in the line of duty and family members need financial assistance with travel and living expenses
(If a widow, widower or dependent child of a deceased service member is applying for financial assistance, the service member must have died in the line of duty in a combat zone or a zone where the person was receiving hazardous duty pay).
Financial assistance from the Arizona Military Family Relief Funds are determined by MFRF Advisory Committees, which are comprised of twelve members appointed by the Governor, as well as the ADVS Director or the Director’s designee. The Pre-9/11 and Post-9/11 MFRF have separate advisory committees. One-time emergency financial assistance is available for first-time applicants through the Pre-9/11 or Post-9/11 MFRF Emergency Committee, which is comprised of five of the Advisory Committee members.
Arizona Veterans Benefits: Housing & Healthcare
Arizona State Veteran Home – Phoenix
ASVH-PHX is a 200-bed Medicare-certified, skilled-nursing care facility for eligible Arizona veterans, located in central Phoenix, near Indian School Rd and 3rd Street, at:
4141 North S. Herrera Way, Phoenix, AZ 85012 Telephone: 602-248-1550
ASVH-PHX serves the long-term care and rehabilitative needs of the veterans of Arizona, with energetic and caring staff whose members provide nursing, therapeutic recreation, and social services to those who have served our nation.
Arizona State Veteran Home – Tucson
Arizona’s newest State Veterans Home is located by the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (VA Hospital) in Tucson.
AZ STATE VETERANS HOME: 555 East Ajo Way Tucson, AZ 85713 Telephone: 520-638-2150
This facility is a 120-bed skilled-nursing facility offering many amenities to Arizona’s veterans such as all private rooms, full baths, and selective dining in a home-like environment.
Arizona Veterans Benefits: Employment
ADVS Veteran Toolkit Program
July 2017 (revised July 2018): The Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services is proud to launch the Veteran Tool Kit Program. It was created to help unemployed veterans get the supplies they need to start working. Surveyed veterans repeatedly said they were ready to work, but needed a few things to get them there, ranging from boots and tools to bicycles.
State Hiring Preference
Veterans who pass an examination for employment by the state, county or city will have 5 points added to their certification score. The veteran must have served for more than six months and have an honorable discharge.
Honorably discharged veterans getting VA disability compensation will have 10 points added to their certification score.
Certain spouses or surviving spouses shall be given a 5 point preference if the veteran died of a service-connected disability.
Arizona Veterans Benefits: Education
Arizona Purple Heart Tuition Waiver
This scholarship is available to:
- Post 9/11 veterans with at least a 50 percent VA disability, a Purple Heart medal, and who were AZ residents during their service
- Dependent children under 30 and un-remarried spouses of AZ military member who were killed in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001
- Post 9/11 AZ guard members who were medically discharged or received a Purple Heart.
Arizona Veterans Benefits: Recreational Discounts, Licenses & Passes
Hunting and Fishing Licenses
Active duty members stationed in Arizona can get hunting and fishing licenses at the resident rate.
Free hunting/fishing combo licenses are available for 100% service-connected disabled veterans who have been an AZ resident for at least 12 months.
Arizona State Parks
Arizona offers the following discounts to their state parks:
- 50% day-use discount to all active duty, guard and reserve military members and up to three accompanying adult family members
- 50% day-use discount to all resident military retirees
- 50% off day-use pass to ALL disabled military.
- FREE day-use pass to all resident 100% service-connected disabled veterans.
The Boneyard, Davis Monthan AFB
Arizona Veterans Benefits: Vehicle Licenses, Plates & Privileges
Arizona Veteran Driver License & License Plates
Veterans have the option to have the VETERAN designation on their Arizona-issued driver license, commercial driver license, identification card or learner permit denoting their military service. In addition, veterans applying for an Arizona commercial driver license (CDL) will have the option to request a waiver of the skills test if they meet certain requirements.
Several Military/Veteran license plates are also available from ADOT’s Motor Vehicle Division, each of which provides some charitable funding to the Veterans’ Donation Fund. The Veterans plate requires military/veteran documentation; the Women Veterans and Freedom plates have no current requirement for military or veteran status.
Arizona VA Facilities
Veterans Health Administration – VISN 22: Desert Pacific Healthcare Network
|649||Northern Arizona VA Health Care System||500 North Highway 89, Prescott, AZ 86313||928-445-4860 / |
|644||Phoenix VA Health Care System||650 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85012||602-277-5551|
|678||Southern Arizona VA Health Care System||3601 South 6th Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85723||520-792-1450|
|649||Chinle Comprehensive Care Facility (Indian Health Services)||Hwy 191 and Hospital Drive, Chinle, AZ 86503||928-674-7675|
|649GF||Holbrook VA Clinic||33 W. Vista Dr, Holbrook, AZ 86025||928-524-1050|
|649||Page VA Clinic||801 N Navajo Dr. Ste-B, Page, AZ 86040||928-645-4966|
|6381||Polacca VA Clinic||Highway 264 Mile Post 388, Polacca, AZ 86042||928-283-4465|
|649||Tuba City VA Clinic||167 N Main St P.O. Box 600, Tuba City, AZ 86045||928-283-4465|
|649GE||Anthem CBOC||41810 North Venture Dr., Bldg. B, Anthem, AZ 85086||623-249-2300 /|
800-949-1005 X 2300
|678GC||Casa Grande CBOC||1876 E. Sabin Drive, Building A Ste 15, Casa Grande, AZ 85122||520-836-2536|
|649GE||Cottonwood CBOC||501 S. Willard, Cottonwood, AZ 86326||928-649-1523|
|649GB||Flagstaff CBOC||1300 W. University Ave. Suite 200, Flagstaff, AZ 86001||928-226-1056 / |
800-949-1005 X 5650
|644GF||Globe-Miami VA Health Care Clinic||5860 S. Hospital Drive, Ste 111, Globe, AZ 85501-9449||928-425-0027|
|678GE||Green Valley CBOC||380 W. Vista Hermosa Drive #140, Green Valley, AZ 85614||520-399-2291|
|6425||Kayenta VA Clinic||394.3 Highway 160, Kayenta, AZ 86033||928-445-4860 X 3392 /|
800-949-1005 X 3392
|649GA||Kingman CBOC||2668 Hualapai Mountain Road, Kingman, AZ 86401||928-718-7300|
|649GC||Lake Havasu City CBOC||2035 Mesquite, Suite D, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403||928-505-7100 /|
800-949-1005 X 7100
|644GH||Midtown VA Clinic||5040 N 15th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85015||602-234-7080|
|644GG||Northeast VA Health Care Clinic||11390 E. Via Linda Rd., Ste. 105, Scottsdale, AZ 85259||480-579-2200|
|644GA||Northwest VA Health Care Clinic||13985 W. Grand Ave., Suite 101, Surprise, AZ 85374||623-251-2884|
|644GD||Payson VA Health Care Clinic||903 E Highway 260, Payson, AZ 85541||928-468-2100|
|678GD||Safford Clinic||355 N. 8th Avenue, Safford, AZ 85546||928-428-8010|
|644GB||Show Low VA Health Care Clinic||5171 Cub Lake Road, Suite C380, Show Low, AZ 85901||928-532-1069|
|678GA||Sierra Vista Clinic||101 N. Coronado Drive Suite A, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635||520-459-1529|
|644BY||Southeast VA Health Care Clinic||3285 S. Val Vista Dr., Gilbert, AZ 85297||480-397-2800|
|644GC||Southwest VA Health Care Clinic||9250 W. Thomas Rd., Ste 400, Phoenix, AZ 85037||623-772-4000|
|644GE||Thunderbird VA Health Care Clinic||9424 N. 25th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85021||602-633-6900|
|678GF||VA Northwest Tucson Clinic||2945 W. Ina Road, Tucson, AZ 85741||520-219-2418|
|678GG||VA Southeast Tucson Clinic||7395 S. Houghton Road Ste 129, Tucson, AZ 85747||520-664-1831|
|470-8262||Yuma Clinic||3111 S. 4th Avenue, Yuma, AZ 85364||928-317-9973|
|5161OS||Chinle Outstation||Navajo Route 7, Old BIA Complex-B59, Chinle, AZ 86503||844-286-7270|
|0518V||Dr. Cameron McKinley Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Center||3180 Stillwater Drive, Suite A, Prescott, AZ 86305||928-778-3469|
|5162OS||Hopi Outstation||P.O. Box 929, 1 Main St., Hotevilla, AZ 86030||928-734-5166|
|0536||Lake Havasu Vet Center||1720 Mesquite, Suite 101, Lake Havasu, AZ 86403||928-505-0394|
|0524||Mesa Vet Center||1303 South Longmore, Suite 5, Mesa, AZ 85202||480-610-6727|
|0517V||Phoenix Vet Center||4020 N. 20th St. #110, Phoenix, AZ 85016||602-640-2981|
|0521V||Tucson Vet Center||2525 E. Broadway Blvd Suite 100, Tucson, AZ 85716||520-882-0333|
|0533V||West Valley Vet Center||14050 N. 83rd Avenue Suite 170, Peoria, AZ 85381||623-398-8854|
|0537V||Yuma Vet Center||1450 E. 16th St, Suite 103, Yuma, AZ 85365||928-271-8700|
|678CG||Casa Grande Rural Health Care Coordination Center||1179 E. Cottonwood Lane, Suite 1, Casa Grande, AZ 85122||520-629-4801|
|678SV||Sierra Vista Rural Health Care Coordination Center||157 North Coronado Drive, Suite B, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635||520-629-4802|
Veterans Benefits Administration – Pacific District
|345||Phoenix Regional Office||3333 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85012||800-827-1000|
|345||Intake Site At Davis-Monthan Air Force Base||Benefits Counseling Office, Tucson, AZ 85723|
|345||Intake Site At Fort Huachuca||ACAP Center (ATZS-ESD-A) Building 22420, Room 1, |
Butler Road, Fort Huachuca, AZ 85613
|345||Intake Site At Luke Air Force Base||56 MSS/DFB Building 1113 7282 N 137th Avenue |
Luke AFB, AZ 85309
|345||Phoenix Regional Loan Center||3333 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85012||800-827-1000|
|914||National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona||23029 North Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, AZ 85024||480-513-3600|
|900||Prescott National Cemetery||500 Highway 89 North, Prescott, AZ 86313||928-717-7569|
Arizona Veterans Benefits: Conclusion
Arizona is a beautiful state and one that veterans often love. They take seriously the care of their vets, but the reality is also that Arizona has limited resources when compared to other states.
Arizona provides a decent amount of benefits for its veteran and is attractive to veterans because of its strong quality of life, despite not being one of the best economic environments.
This is due strongly to the lack of great employment options for veterans, but also because Arizona’s access to health care isn’t as strong as other states.
Arizona is also fairly average as far as additional benefits for veterans go, which is not unusual for less populous states
There you will find access to many of Arizona’s benefit programs, as well as more information regarding each benefit available.
For a complete list of VA hospitals, treatment centers, and other resources in Arizona, you can also go to the Arizona VA directory here: Arizona VA Facilities List
About the Author
Brian Reese is one of the top VA disability benefits experts in the world and bestselling author of You Deserve It: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Veteran Benefits You’ve Earned (Second Edition).
Brian’s frustration with the VA claim process led him to create VA Claims Insider, which provides disabled veterans with tips, strategies, and lessons learned to win their VA disability compensation claim, faster, even if they’ve already filed, been denied, gave up, or don’t know where to start.
As the founder of VA Claims Insider and CEO of Military Disability Made Easy, he has helped serve more than 10 million military members and veterans since 2013 through free online educational resources.
He is a former active duty Air Force officer with extensive experience leading hundreds of individuals and multi-functional teams in challenging international environments, including a combat tour to Afghanistan in 2011 supporting Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.
Brian is a Distinguished Graduate of Management from the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO, and he holds an MBA from Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business, Stillwater, OK, where he was a National Honor Scholar (Top 1% of Graduate School class).