Eligibility Requirements – Wisconsin State Residency
In general, to be eligible for Wisconsin state veterans’ benefits, programs, and services, a veteran must meet at least one of the following:
- Wisconsin resident before entering “active duty." Veteran was a resident of Wisconsin at the time of entry or reentry into active duty; or, his or her selective service local board, if any, and home of record at the time of entry or reentry into active service as shown on the veteran's report of separation from the U.S. armed forces for a qualifying period were in Wisconsin, or;
- Moved to Wisconsin and taken an affirmative action to secure their resident status as well as residing in Wisconsin for any consecutive 12-month period after entry or re-entry into the service and before the date of his or her application or death.
If the person had more than one qualifying term of service, at least one term of service must have met the residency requirements for the purpose of establishing eligibility.
The Wisconsin GI Bill requires the veteran to have been considered a Wisconsin resident at the time of entry onto active service or who have established and maintained status as a Wisconsin resident for at least 5 consecutive years immediately preceding the beginning of any semester or session.
The Wisconsin Veterans & Surviving Spouses Property Tax Credit requires the veteran to have been considered a Wisconsin resident at the time of entry into active service OR the veteran had been considered a resident of Wisconsin for any consecutive 5-year period after entry into that service.
Veterans who are otherwise eligible and who are serving on active duty in the U.S. armed forces need not be living in this state on the date of application in order to qualify for state veterans’ benefits, programs, or services.
In addition to meeting state residency requirements for eligibility for state veterans’ benefits, programs, or services, a veteran must be a resident of and living in Wisconsin when making application, or be deceased.
Members of the military serving on “active duty” need not be living in Wisconsin at the time of application if they have retained their Wisconsin residency for income tax purposes, with the exception of the Personal Loan Program. All applicants for the Personal Loan Program must be a resident of and living in Wisconsin, regardless of current military duty status.
Members of the military serving on active duty who apply for a Primary Mortgage Loan to purchase their primary residence in Wisconsin who are stationed outside Wisconsin at the time of application must demonstrate that the home to be purchased will be their primary residence. The property must be in Wisconsin.