Skip to content

May 24, 2021

The Ultimate Guide to Arizona Veterans Benefits [Updated]

Last updated on April 5, 2024

I hope you enjoy reading this blog post.

If you want to learn how to implement these strategies to get the VA benefits you deserve, click here to speak with a VA claim expert for free.

In addition to federal benefits that are available to all eligible U.S. military veterans no matter where they live, each state offers additional benefits for veterans that are unique to that state.

The Arizona Department of Veteran Services offers some excellent special benefits and exemptions for veterans and their families!

Veteran Benefits in Arizona

What are the Top Arizona Veterans Benefits?

Arizona veteran benefits include:

  • Income and property tax exemptions
  • Education and training programs
  • Financial exemptions
  • Emergency financial help
  • Employment help

Your military branch, career status, and disability status, as well as residence status can affect benefit eligibility.  

The Arizona Department of Veterans Services administers many of these benefits.

Read on for a rundown of the top Arizona veterans benefits!


Take advantage of a FREE VA Claim Discovery Call with an experienced Team Member. Learn what you’ve been missing so you can FINALLY get the disability rating and compensation you’ve earned for your service.

Arizona Veterans Benefits for Taxes

Military Active Duty Pay is Tax-Free in Arizona

Arizona does not tax active-duty military pay. You can subtract the amount you receive for active duty military service to the extent it is included in Arizona’s gross income.


Arizona State Tax Exemption on Retired Military Pay

Benefits, annuities, and pensions are exempt from Arizona gross income if they are from one of these funds or systems:

  • The United States Government Service Retirement and Disability fund
  • Retired or retainer pay for the uniformed services of the United States
  • The United States Foreign Service Retirement and disability system 
  • Any other retirement system or plan established by federal law.

Property Tax Exemptions for Arizona Veterans

Widows, widowers, and disabled military person’s property tax may be waived/exempt from taxation in certain cases.  


The assessed value of a property may be reduced by $4,117 or more with a corresponding reduction in tax. The exemption is applied to real estate first, then to a mobile home or an automobile. 

There is no state property tax in Arizona. Property tax is administered by county assessors. Valuations for the current tax year are available from the county assessor after January 1st of each year.  

Arizona Disabled Veteran Benefits: For disabled veterans and surviving spouses to be eligible for Arizona property tax exemptions:

  • You must be a resident of Arizona.
  • Total assessed valuation of property in Arizona must not exceed $27,970 for the 2021 tax year.
  • Total income from all sources, excluding social security, cannot exceed $34,301 (this amount is indexed and changes each year). 
  • If children under 18 years of age or disabled children reside in the household, income cannot exceed $41,151.

For exemptions based on disability, the disability must be total and permanent, and certified by a licensed physician.

For surviving spouses, the applicant and spouse must have been Arizona residents at the time of the spouse’s death, or the applicant must have been a surviving spouse residing in Arizona prior to January 1, 1969.

Education Benefits

Arizona veteran benefits include many tuition and education benefits available to veterans living in Arizona! 

In-state Tuition Status for Veterans

Eligible veterans and dependents can be granted immediate residency, thereby receiving in-state tuition rates.

To be eligible, you must be a veteran, or a spouse or dependent of a veteran, who has been discharged within the last 36 months from a period of active duty that was 90 days or longer AND using either VA Chapter 30 or Chapter 33 benefits.

Learn more about Arizona In-state Tuition status for veterans.


Tuition and Fees Deferred at Arizona State Supported School

Any person who is eligible for and has applied for federal veterans’ education benefits under federal law may apply for a deferment of payment of tuition, fees and required books and materials for a period of up to 120 days.

An Arizona veteran or their dependents are eligible for this tuition waiver while awaiting federal education benefits.

Tuition waivers for Arizona Public Universities are also available to some veterans and dependents who are residents of the state or stationed in-state, including: 

  • Children who are thirty years of age or younger or an un-remarried spouse of a service member who was killed in the line of duty, or who died from injuries suffered while traveling to or from duty.
  • A member of the Arizona National Guard or Armed Forces who received a Purple Heart citation and whose disability rating is 50% or more.
  • A former member of the Arizona National Guard who was medically discharged from the Arizona National Guard due to an injury or disability suffered during status under title 10, United States Code, in weekend training status, in annual training status or in response to a state of emergency declared by the governor.

Arizona National Guard State Tuition Reimbursement

Arizona State Tuition Reimbursement (STR) is a financial reimbursement program provided on a semester basis to eligible Arizona National Guard members for education programs in support of a service member’s professional and personal self-development goals. STR will pay up to $250 per semester hour not to exceed $4,000 per state fiscal year.

Spouses and dependents of members of the Arizona National Guard can also be eligible for state tuition reimbursement.

For eligibility requirements, call the Arizona National Guard Education Services Office at 602-267-2445.

Arizona’s Honorary Diploma Program for Wartime Veterans

Arizona’s Honorary Diploma program recognizes the life experiences and contributions of honorably discharged veterans who were unable to complete their high school education because of service in the Armed Forces during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. 

To obtain an honorary diploma, a veteran may submit a request to the Arizona Department of Veterans Services to receive a diploma from the Arizona high school of their choosing.

Additionally, guidelines allow for a surviving spouse or other immediate family member of a deceased veteran to request the diploma. 

To apply, complete the application and email to [email protected] or, return a printed copy of the completed form by postal mail to:

Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services 
3839 N 3rd St – Suite 209 
Phoenix, AZ 85012-1570
For questions about the program, email [email protected] or call 602-255-3373.

Arizona Purple Heart Tuition Waiver

The Arizona Purple Heart Tuition Waiver provides qualifying post-9/11 veterans with tuition-free education at any public state university or community college. 

To qualify, you must be a resident veteran who has at least a 50% VA disability and received a Purple Heart medal. Also eligible are dependent children under 30 and un-remarried spouses of AZ military members who were killed in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001, and post 9/11 AZ guard members who were medically discharged or received a Purple Heart.

You must also be accepted to the school you would like to attend.

To apply, complete the Tuition Waiver and Verification Form and email it to [email protected].

Arizona Veterans Benefits for Employment

Arizona State Employment Veterans Hiring Preference

Veterans who pass an examination for employment by the state, county, or city will have 5 points added to their certification score. Any veterans entitled to compensation for a service-connected disability will have 10 points added to their certification score. 

Spouses or surviving spouses (of a member of the United States Armed Forces serving no less than 90 days on active duty) may be given a 5-point preference if the veteran:

  • Died of a service-connected disability
  • Is missing in action
  • Was captured, forcibly detained or interned by a foreign power; or
  • Has total and permanent service-connected disability, or who died while such disability was in existence.

Wartime Veterans have a preference in employment with state agencies or offices, as do widows and children of those killed on active duty. State agencies must practice veterans’ preference until they have reached 40% Veteran employment.

Arizona Veterans Benefits for Occupational Licensing

If you’re a member or a former member of the U.S. Armed Forces, National Guard or any other reserve component, you can apply military education, training or experience to the requirements for a professional license, certificate or registration if the regulating entity determines that the education, training or experience completely or partially meets those requirements.

You can see a full list of Arizona licensing boards on page 29 of the Arizona Veteran Benefits Guide.

The Arizona Department of Insurance and Financial Institutions 

The Arizona Department of Insurance partnered with the VA and ADVS to provide GI Bill coverage for pre-licensing insurance exam fees.

Arizona VA Benefits for Exams: You can learn more about having your GI Bill cover testing by visiting the VA website or by calling 888-442-4551.

Arizona Veteran’s Tool Kit Program

The Arizona Department of Veteran Services created the Veteran Tool Kit Program to help unemployed veterans get supplies they need to start working.

Surveyed veterans repeatedly said they were ready to work but needed a few supplies to support a job start. Eligible items include work clothing, tools, protective equipment, transportation, and essential electronic devices.

Qualifying veterans must:

  • Live in Arizona
  • Be enrolled in an Arizona Job Connection with ARIZONA@WORK 
  • Identify the job they need supplies for.

The Veteran Toolkit provides funding for supplies based on need. 

Arizona Veterans Benefits for Family Emergency Relief

The Arizona Military Family Relief Fund provides financial assistance to the families of currently deployed service members, plus military and veteran families, for hardships caused by the service member’s deployment.

The lifetime financial assistance limit for service members, veterans, and their families is $20,000. Applicants can receive emergency assistance of up to $3,000 once in a lifetime.

Arizona Veterans Benefits for Housing

Arizona veteran benefits include housing at several state veteran homes across.

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.

The address is 555 East Ajo Way, Tucson, AZ 85713. Their telephone number is 520-638-2150.

This facility is a 120-bed skilled nursing facility offering many amenities to Arizona’s veterans, such as private rooms, full baths, and selective dining in a home-like environment.

Arizona VA Facilities

Veterans Health Administration – VISN 22: Desert Pacific Healthcare Network

Station IDFacilityAddressPhone
649Northern Arizona VA Health Care System500 North Highway 89, Prescott, AZ 86313928-445-4860 /
644Phoenix VA Health Care System650 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85012602-277-5551
678Southern Arizona VA Health Care System3601 South 6th Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85723520-792-1450
649Chinle Comprehensive Care Facility (Indian Health Services)Hwy 191 and Hospital Drive, Chinle, AZ 86503928-674-7675
649GFHolbrook VA Clinic33 W. Vista Dr, Holbrook, AZ 86025928-524-1050
649Page VA Clinic801 N Navajo Dr. Ste-B, Page, AZ 86040928-645-4966
6381Polacca VA ClinicHighway 264 Mile Post 388, Polacca, AZ 86042928-283-4465
649Tuba City VA Clinic167 N Main St P.O. Box 600, Tuba City, AZ 86045928-283-4465
649GEAnthem CBOC41810 North Venture Dr., Bldg. B, Anthem, AZ 85086623-249-2300 /
800-949-1005 X 2300
678GCCasa Grande CBOC1876 E. Sabin Drive, Building A Ste 15, Casa Grande, AZ 85122520-836-2536
649GECottonwood CBOC501 S. Willard, Cottonwood, AZ 86326928-649-1523
649GBFlagstaff CBOC1300 W. University Ave. Suite 200, Flagstaff, AZ 86001928-226-1056 /
800-949-1005 X 5650
644GFGlobe-Miami VA Health Care Clinic5860 S. Hospital Drive, Ste 111, Globe, AZ 85501-9449928-425-0027
678GEGreen Valley CBOC380 W. Vista Hermosa Drive #140, Green Valley, AZ 85614520-399-2291
6425Kayenta VA Clinic394.3 Highway 160, Kayenta, AZ 86033928-445-4860 X 3392 /
800-949-1005 X 3392
649GAKingman CBOC2668 Hualapai Mountain Road, Kingman, AZ 86401928-718-7300
649GCLake Havasu City CBOC2035 Mesquite, Suite D, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403928-505-7100 /
800-949-1005 X 7100
644GHMidtown VA Clinic5040 N 15th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85015602-234-7080
644GGNortheast VA Health Care Clinic11390 E. Via Linda Rd., Ste. 105, Scottsdale, AZ 85259480-579-2200
644GANorthwest VA Health Care Clinic13985 W. Grand Ave., Suite 101, Surprise, AZ 85374623-251-2884
644GDPayson VA Health Care Clinic903 E Highway 260, Payson, AZ 85541928-468-2100
678GDSafford Clinic355 N. 8th Avenue, Safford, AZ 85546928-428-8010
644GBShow Low VA Health Care Clinic5171 Cub Lake Road, Suite C380, Show Low, AZ 85901928-532-1069
678GASierra Vista Clinic101 N. Coronado Drive Suite A, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635520-459-1529
644BYSoutheast VA Health Care Clinic3285 S. Val Vista Dr., Gilbert, AZ 85297480-397-2800
644GCSouthwest VA Health Care Clinic9250 W. Thomas Rd., Ste 400, Phoenix, AZ 85037623-772-4000
644GEThunderbird VA Health Care Clinic9424 N. 25th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85021602-633-6900
678GFVA Northwest Tucson Clinic2945 W. Ina Road, Tucson, AZ 85741520-219-2418
678GGVA Southeast Tucson Clinic7395 S. Houghton Road Ste 129, Tucson, AZ 85747520-664-1831
470-8262Yuma Clinic3111 S. 4th Avenue, Yuma, AZ 85364928-317-9973
5161OSChinle OutstationNavajo Route 7, Old BIA Complex-B59, Chinle, AZ 86503844-286-7270
0518VDr. Cameron McKinley Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Center3180 Stillwater Drive, Suite A, Prescott, AZ 86305928-778-3469
5162OSHopi OutstationP.O. Box 929, 1 Main St., Hotevilla, AZ 86030928-734-5166
0536Lake Havasu Vet Center1720 Mesquite, Suite 101, Lake Havasu, AZ 86403928-505-0394
0524Mesa Vet Center1303 South Longmore, Suite 5, Mesa, AZ 85202480-610-6727
0517VPhoenix Vet Center4020 N. 20th St. #110, Phoenix, AZ 85016602-640-2981
0521VTucson Vet Center2525 E. Broadway Blvd Suite 100, Tucson, AZ 85716520-882-0333
0533VWest Valley Vet Center14050 N. 83rd Avenue Suite 170, Peoria, AZ 85381623-398-8854
0537VYuma Vet Center1450 E. 16th St, Suite 103, Yuma, AZ 85365928-271-8700
678CGCasa Grande Rural Health Care Coordination Center1179 E. Cottonwood Lane, Suite 1, Casa Grande, AZ 85122520-629-4801
678SVSierra Vista Rural Health Care Coordination Center157 North Coronado Drive, Suite B, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635520-629-4802

Veterans Benefits Administration – Pacific District

Station IDFacilityAddressPhone
345Phoenix Regional Office3333 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85012800-827-1000
345Intake Site At Davis-Monthan Air Force BaseBenefits Counseling Office, Tucson, AZ 85723 
345Intake Site At Fort HuachucaACAP Center (ATZS-ESD-A) Building 22420, Room 1,
Butler Road, Fort Huachuca, AZ 85613
345Intake Site At Luke Air Force Base56 MSS/DFB Building 1113 7282 N 137th Avenue  
Luke AFB, AZ 85309
345Phoenix Regional Loan Center3333 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85012800-827-1000
914National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona23029 North Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, AZ 85024480-513-3600
900Prescott National Cemetery500 Highway 89 North, Prescott, AZ 86313928-717-7569

State of Arizona Veterans Benefits for Vehicle License Tax & 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 also 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.


Get All the Arizona Veterans Benefits YOU Deserve

Regardless of what state you live in,  it’s important that veterans pursue the monthly compensation payments due them for disabilities connected to their military service.  

Most veterans are underrated for their disabilities and therefore not getting the compensation they deserve

At VA Claims Insider, we help veterans understand and take control of the claims process, so they can get the rating and compensation they’re owed by law.

Our process takes the guesswork out of filing a VA disability claim and supports you every step of the way in building a fully developed claim (FDC)—so you can increase your rating in less time!

If you’ve filed your VA disability claim and have been denied or have received a low rating—or you’re not sure how to get started—reach out to us and schedule your FREE VA Claims Insider Discovery Call!

This is a short but powerful call that will get you pointed in the direction of a winning VA claim.

About the Author

Brian Reese
Brian Reese

Brian Reese

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).

Related Articles

Connecticut road sign.

Top 9 Veterans Benefits in Connecticut

November 17, 2021

There are many veterans benefits in Connecticut, including exemptions provided by the state to current and former members of the U.S. military. Over 189,000 veterans live in Connecticut, with... continue reading

Featured Resources

Elite Membership

Dear Veteran,
Here’s the brutal truth about VA disability claims:

According to our data, 8/10 (80%) of veterans reading this message right now are underrated by the VA…

This means you do NOT currently have the VA disability rating and compensation YOU deserve, and you could be missing out on thousands of dollars of tax-free compensation and benefits each month.

As a fellow disabled Veteran this is shameful and I’m on a mission to change it.

Brian Reese here, Air Force service-disabled Veteran and Founder @ VA Claims Insider.

Since 2016, VA Claims Insider has helped thousands of Veterans just like you get the VA rating and compensation they deserve in less time.

If accepted into our ELITE membership program, you’ll get free up-front access and permission to use $13,119 worth of proprietary VA claim resources, including access to our network of independent medical professionals for medical examinations, disability evaluations, and credible Medical Nexus Letters, which could help you get a HIGHER VA rating in LESS time.

It’s FREE to get started, so click “Go Elite Now” below to complete our 3-step intake process.

  1. Complete Basic Information
  2. Sign Members Agreement
  3. Join the Mastermind Group

If you’re stuck, frustrated, underrated, and currently rated between 0%-90%, VA Claims Insider Elite is for you!

Click “Go Elite Now” below to get started today and a member of our team will be in touch within minutes.

Go Elite Now!

Why Choose VA Claims Insider

You’ve exhausted your free resources

You're not alone. Thousands of other Veterans in our Community are here for you.

Veteran Community

You’re ready to get the rating you deserve

We know the pain of feeling stuck, frustrated, and alone, and we want to make this process as easy and painless as possible for you.

Explore Elite Membership

We win ONLY when YOU win

Hear from fellow Veterans just like you, with many of our Veteran Ambassadors having gone through our programs.

Schedule a Call

Fellow Veterans:

For a limited time, you can book a free, no-obligation VA Claim Discovery Call with one of our experts.

Book A Call

Fellow Veterans:

For a limited time, you can book a free, no-obligation VA Claim Discovery Call with one of our experts.

Book A Call