While also qualifying for federal benefits and those offered to every honorably discharged veteran in the state of Ohio, disabled veterans may be eligible for additional benefits. Some benefits depend on disability certification by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and the specific degree of the disability. Other benefits are available only to those veterans with service-related injuries occurring during wartime. In Ohio, the county Veterans Services offices reviews applications for state disabled veterans benefits.
Military Injury Relief Fund
Ohio's Military Injury Relief Fund provides money to members of the armed forces injured while on active duty and serving during Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom. Veterans must provide medical documentation of the injury for consideration. Funds granted to the veteran under the MIRF are free from state or federal income tax. Veterans must apply every year to continue receiving benefits under this program.
Veterans certified by the VA as totally and permanently disabled receive several recreational benefits in Ohio. They may register personal watercraft at no charge, and also receive free fishing and hunting licenses. These veterans may also camp for free at Ohio state parks.
Ohio War Orphans Scholarship
While disabled veterans do not receive specific state educational benefits, depending on the period of service in the military, their children may qualify for the Ohio War Orphans Scholarship. This scholarship funds tuition to children of deceased military personnel or veterans with severe disabilities, provided those veterans served on active duty during wartime. The level of disability and the veteran's financial situation counts for scholarship eligibility. Only full-time students under age 25 and already enrolled in a participating Ohio institution of higher learning are eligible.
As of 2011, veterans certified as permanently disabled receive a $25,000 homestead property tax exemption on the primary residence. This benefit applies regardless of the veteran's income.