Benefits and Services

SERVICES OFFERED BY THE OFFICE

Advocacy for Veterans concern(s)
Short-term counseling
Informational and referral
VA claims, forms, and appeals assistance
Outreach
VA benefits assistance
Burial assistance

Advocacy is the primary service offered by the office. OVS may take action on behalf of Veterans, their families, and survivors to secure appropriate rights, benefits, & services. This includes receiving, investigating, and resolving disputes or complaints of any nature.

BURIALS

Burials for qualified veterans (including U.S. war allies) and their dependents can be buried in the Hawaii State Veterans’ Cemetery on Oahu or Veterans’ cemeteries on Hawaii, Kauai, Maui, Molokai or Lanai.

LICENSE PLATES

For the same cost as a regular license plate Veterans can choose, if qualified, a Veteran, Combat or Combat Wounded, Pearl Harbor Survivor, Former POW, World War II Veteran, Korea Veteran, Vietnam Veteran, Persian Gulf Veteran, or Gold Star Family license plate. These plates are also available for motorcycles.  The below shows some of the license plate examples that are available.

State License Plate Examples

For more information go to the below links:

City and County of Honolulu:
City and County of Honolulu License Plates Info
Veteran License Plate Form for Honolulu

Hawaii County:
Hawaii County Vehicle Registration General Info
Veteran License Plate Form for Hawaii County

Maui County:
Maui County Motor Vehicle Licensing

Kauai:
Kauai Vehicle Licensing Information

SPECIAL HOUSING FOR DISABLED VETERANS

Payment by the State of up to $5,000 to each qualified totally disabled Veteran for the purpose of purchasing or remodeling a home to improve handicapped accessibility. Award of payment pending the availability of State funds and Veteran Affairs approval.  Contact your local OVS office for more information.

TAX EXEMPTION

Tax exemptions on real property owned and occupied as a home by a totally disabled Veteran or their widow(er).  Tax exemptions on passenger cars when they are owned by totally disabled Veterans and subsidized by the Dept. of Veterans Affairs. This benefit varies by island.  Visit your local real property tax office for more information.

VITAL STATISTICS

Free certified copies of vital statistics forms when needed for Veterans’ claims.