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May 29, 2020

Indiana Veterans Benefits – The Insider’s Guide

Last updated on December 21, 2022

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Hi Veterans, this is Brian Reese from VA Claims Insider. I’ve compiled this jam-packed Insider’s Guide to all the Indiana Veterans Benefits you can expect if you call the Hoosier state your home!

The Indiana Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) administers a wide range of disabled veteran benefits programs in Indiana, such as free benefits and disability claims counselling, state veteran homes, health care, education, pension, home loans and property taxes, insurance, recreational discounts, employment and legal advice, among other Indiana state veterans benefits.

You can visit the IDVA 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 Indiana disabled veteran. But first, let’s jump into all the Indiana veterans benefits and VA benefits Indiana has in store for you!

Indiana veterans benefits

Overview of Indiana Military Life

Indiana’s veteran population ranks 16th according to the most recent available data from the U.S. Census Bureau (released in July 2019):

  • Adult Population: 5.1 million (17th)
  • Veteran Population: 386,929 (12th)

Indiana is in the average rankings of unemployment for vets, and is in the upper 20 of states with veterans below poverty level.

  • Veteran Unemployment: 4.1% (29th overall)
  • Veteran Poverty Rate: 7.4% (15th)

Indiana is also in the top 20 of states with their percentage of disabled veterans.

  • Veterans with a Disability: 31.2% (16th)

Indiana ranks as one of the cheapest states to live in (ranking 9th) and has the third lowest cost of housing in the U.S. (housing affordability ranking: 3rd). However, despite being so affordable Indiana is only ranked 27th when it comes to an overall economic environment for veterans. The median income of veterans in Indiana is $35,981, one of the lowest in the nation.

Indiana also ranks low for overall quality of life (45th overall), although this is mostly due to the lack of good job opportunities and earning potential. There are also few VA locations compared to other states (only 18) despite having a large percentage of veterans as a population (8%).

With all that said, let’s take a closer look at Indiana veterans benefits.

Indianapolis, Indiana
Indianapolis, Indiana


Veterans Benefits Administration – Northeast District

Indianapolis Regional Office: 575 N Pennsylvania St. Indianapolis, IN 46204

Indiana Veterans Benefits: Financial

Income Tax

Up to $6,250 plus 25% of retired pay and SBP payments are tax-free in 2019. That will increase to 50% in 2020, 75% in 2021 and 100% for tax years after 2021.

Disabled Veteran Property Tax Deduction

Property tax deductions are available to disabled Hoosier veterans who have an honorable discharge. This amount is deducted from the value of your home for tax purposes, leaving you with a smaller property tax bill.

  1. A $24,960 dollar deduction is available to wartime veterans who have at least a 10% VA disability OR
  2. Up to a $14,000 deduction is available to veterans who are at least 62 with at least a 10% VA disability OR who have a VA total disability

Note: This deduction is not available if the assessed value of the real property owned by the veteran is in excess of $200,000.

Military Family Relief Fund (MFRF)

The MFRF emergency grant may be used by the families for needs such as food, housing, utilities, medical services, transportation and other essential family support expenses which have become difficult to afford. A grant up to $2,500 may be awarded.

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Indiana Veterans Benefits: Housing & Healthcare

The Indiana Veterans’ Home is located in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Originally created to care for veterans of the Civil War, the Indiana Veterans’ Home welcomed its first resident in 1896. Located on 250+ acres in West Lafayette, IVH is a full-service care facility offering a complete array of services for residents.

For more information, visit their website here.

Eligible Applicants

The Indiana Veterans’ Home is operated by the State of Indiana for the care of honorably discharged Indiana veterans and their spouses.

In order to be eligible for admission to the Indiana Veterans’ Home, an individual must be:

  • An honorably discharged veteran of the United States armed forces, or the spouse (or surviving spouse) of an honorably discharged veteran of the United States armed forces.
  • An Indiana resident for at least one (1) year immediately preceding application for admission.
  • Residency waivers may apply for service members who enlisted from, or discharged to, the state of Indiana.

All applicants must pass a criminal background check conducted by the Indiana Veterans’ Home to be eligible for admission.

Eligible Dates of Service

There is no wartime service requirement in order to be eligible to apply for admission to the Indiana Veterans’ Home. We accept all periods of service.

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Indiana Veteran Employment Benefits

State Employment Veterans Preference

Indiana offers veterans preference in state government jobs for honorably discharged veterans.

Military CDL Skills Waiver Program

The BMV may waive the required drive skills test for veterans with specific training and were truck drivers during their military service when they apply for an Indiana Commercial Driver’s License.

Next Level Veterans Program

The state will help you apply for a job with dozens of corporations, and if hired will pay you $5,000 to relocate to Indiana. Check out their website for more information.

Indiana Veteran Education Benefits

Free Tuition For Children of Disabled Veterans

Indiana offers free or discounted tuition at state schools to children of disabled veterans, Purple Heart Recipients and their children, and children of former POW/MIA. The veteran must have:

  • joined the military from Indiana or been a resident of Indiana for 5 years before they or their children can apply
  • served in a wartime period (including August 2, 1990 – present) or
  • received a Purple Heart Medal

The child student can be as old as 32 years of age, but must not have reached their 33rd birthday when first applying for the benefit. If the  veteran is at least 80% disabled the discount is 100%; if the veteran is rated at less than 80% disability the discount is the rated disability plus 20%.

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Indiana Veterans Benefits: Recreational Discounts, Licenses & Passes

State Parks

A Hoosier Golden Passport provides unlimited admission to all Indiana State owned parks, recreation areas, reservoirs, forests, historic sites, museums, memorials and other Department of Natural Resource (DNR) facilities. The pass is good for one calendar year.

Persons eligible for a Disabled American Veteran license plate may purchase the Hoosier Golden Passport at DNR facilities around the State. If you have Disabled American Veteran plates on the vehicle simply drive to the gate and the attendant will sell you the Hoosier Golden Passport. If you do not have the plate but believe you are eligible you will be given a form to request the plate, which you must send to the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs for verification.

Hunting And Fishing Licenses For Disabled Veterans

Any Indiana resident who is service-connected disabled by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs may purchase a license to hunt and fish in the State of Indiana for a reduced fee.

Indiana Disabled Veteran Benefits: Vehicle Licenses, Plates & Privileges


IDVA needs to verify the disability is a mobility issue for the eligibility determination for the Disabled Hoosier Veteran License plate as per  IC 9-18.5-5-1. The Veteran must be 50% service connected disabled by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs with at least 60% of that disability attributed to a mobility disability, OR the service connected disability precludes the Veteran from walking without pain or difficulty. If it is unclear that your service connected disability is causing you pain or difficulty while walking we may require a letter to be signed by your doctor.

Per Senate Enrolled Act No. 262 effective July 1, 2018, a person who has been issued or is otherwise eligible for the Disabled Hoosier Veteran License plate can obtain a Permanent DHV parking placard from the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles.  This parking placard does afford the same no fee at legal metered spaces parking privileges as the Disabled Hoosier Veteran License Plate.

Reference IC 9-18.5-8-4.

VA benefits Indiana

Indiana Veterans VA Healthcare Facilities

Station IDFacilityAddressPhone 
603GBNew Albany VA Clinic4347 Security Parkway
New Albany, IN 47150
603GGScott County VA Clinic1467 Scott Valley Drive
Scottsburg, IN 47170
583Patient Response CenterBldg 402
Lawrence, IN 46216
610VA Northern Indiana Health Care System2121 Lake Ave.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
260-426-5431 /
583Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center1481 W. 10th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
610VA Northern Indiana Health Care System – Marion Campus1700 East 38th Street
Marion, IN 46953-4589
765-674-3321 /
610A4VA Northern Indiana Health Care System – Fort Wayne Campus2121 Lake Ave.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
260-426-5431 /
583BUDomilciliary9045 East 59th
Indianapolis, IN 46216
583QABloomington Mental Health Outpatient Clinic1332 West Arch Haven Ave
Bloomington, IN 47403
583QECold Spring Road VA Clinic2669 Cold Spring Road
Indianapolis, IN 46222
583QCTerre Haute Mental Health Outpatient Clinic110 West Honey Creek Pkwy
Terre Haute, IN 47802
583GFWakeman VA ClinicBuilding 1010
Edinburgh, IN 46124
583GBBloomington VA Clinic2100 South Liberty Drive, Ste. B   Bloomington, IN 47403812-336-5723 
610A4Goshen VA Outpatient Clinic2606 Peddlers Village Road Ste. 210
Goshen, IN 46526
574-534-6108 /
6464Indy West VA Clinic3850 Shore Dr. Suite 203
Indianapolis, IN 46254
539GCLawrenceburg (Dearborn) Community Based Outpatient Clinic1600 Flossie Drive
Greendale, IN 47025
583GCMartinsville VA Outpatient Clinic2200 John R. Wooden Drive
Martinsville, IN 46151
317-988-0120 / 317-554-0000 X 80120 
610Muncie VA Outpatient Clinic2600 W White River Blvd
Muncie, IN 47303
610GDPeru Community Based Outpatient Clinic750 N Broadway
Peru, IN 46970
552GCRichmond Community Based Outpatient Clinic1010 N. J Street
Richmond, IN 47374
583GGShelbyville VA Clinic30 West Rampart St.
Shelbyville, IN 46716
610BYSt. Joseph County VA Clinic1540 Trinity Place
Mishawaka, IN 46545-5006
777Terre Haute VA Clinic380 Honey Creek Dr
Terre Haute, IN 47802
583GEWest Lafayette VA Clinic3851 N. River Road
Lafayette, IN 47906
0409VFort Wayne Vet Center3810 Coldwater Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
0413VIndianapolis Vet Center8330 Naab Road, St. 103
Indianapolis, IN 46260
583QFCrane VA Clinic300 HIGHWAY 361 Bldg. 2516
Crane, IN 47522-5001
6463Homeless Team, Veteran Health Indiana1099 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
583QDIndianapolis YMCA VA Clinic5315 Lafayette Road
Indianapolis, IN 46254

Veterans Health Administration – VISN 12: VA Great Lakes Health Care System

Station IDFacilityAddressPhone
537BYAdam Benjamin, Jr. OPC9301 Madison Street
Crown Point, IN 46307
0412VGary Area Vet Center107 E. 93rd Ave
Crown Point, IN 46307
0444South Bend Vet Center4727 Miami Street
South Bend, IN 46614

Veterans Health Administration – VISN 15: VA Heartland Network

657JEvansville Health Care Center6211 E. Waterford Blvd.
Evansville, IN 47715
657GQVincennes Community Based Outpatient Clinic1813 Willow Street Ste. 6A
Vincennes, IN 47591
0418VEvansville Vet Center1100 N. Burkhardt Rd
Evansville, IN 47715

Veterans Benefits Administration – Northeast District

326Indianapolis Regional Office575 N Pennsylvania St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204

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Indiana Veterans Benefits: Conclusion

While Indiana provides a decent amount of benefits for its veterans the fact is that it is considered by some to be one of the most difficult states for veterans to live well in.

This is due strongly to the lack of great employment options for veterans, but also because Indiana’s access to health care isn’t as strong as other states.

Indiana is also fairly average as far as additional benefits for veterans go. However, despite having a large amount of veterans by percentage, Indiana lacks the infrastructure of veteran care that some states with even smaller veteran populations have.

If you are already in Indiana and are looking to make the most of your Indiana veteran benefits, you will want to visit the state portal for veterans at the Indiana Department of Veteran Affairs

There you will find access to many of Indiana’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 Indiana, you can also go to the Indiana VA directory here.

Resource: Indiana Department of Veteran Affairs

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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).

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