Veteran Tax Exemption

The Alternative Veteran’s Exemption provides a property tax exemption of 15% of assessed value to veteran homeowner’s who served during wartime and an additional 10% to those who served in a combat zone. There is an additional exemption for disabled veterans that is equal to one half of their service connected disability rating. The exemption is off the County and Land Tax bill (not the School tax- that is a separate law and up to each school district in NYS to grant or deny).

March 1st is the deadline!!! The exemption will be effective July 1st (the next tax cycle) and it is NOT retroactive.

See your county or town assessor for details and to apply.

Military Childcare Subsidies

The different branches offer a child care subsidy program which was created to assist active military members who use any federal child care center, or any state licensed child care facility in the Continental U.S. and outside the Continental U.S.

The rules are very specific and can differ a bit between the branches.  But for the most part it is for active duty members. Continue reading

Syracuse Habitat for Humanity seeking veterans

Syracuse Habitat for Humanity is currently seeking applicants for a “home build” for veterans. Syracuse Habitat builds/renovates homes and sells them to their partner families at 0% interest rate, making homeownership affordable for families who would not qualify for a conventional mortgage based on their income.

Applicants must meet eligibility requirements, which include:

  1. Current Onondaga County resident residing in sub-standard housing
  2. Monthly gross income meets Housing & Urban Development guidelines (based on family size)
  3. Good credit established over past 24 months
  4. Willing to work 300 “sweat equity” hours (these 20-30 hours/month are spent assisting with construction, attending required classes and other activities)
  5. Be able to pay a $1,000 down payment upon acceptance in the program

You can contact Syracuse Habitat for Humanity for an application at:

308 Otisco St.
Syracuse NY 13204

Educational Opportunities


The Institute for Veterans and Military Families, Veterans Career Transition Program at Syracuse University offers free career training opportunities delivered entirely online for Post 9/11 veterans and their family members. Participants can learn about, and in many cases achieve a professional certification at no-cost in Project Management, Information Technology, Human Resources, or basic professional skills (resume/cover letter, networking, etc.).  Information about the most-popular learning and certification pathways can be found at Continue reading