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2013 Most Discount Friendly States For Military & Veterans Methodology

Our Scoring Methodology

MVDC created a comprehensive scoring model where we took into account state specific discounts (hunting and fishing licenses, vehicle licenses, property tax discounts and tuition waivers) and combined them civilian store discounts and veterans designations on the drivers license to come up with a total score.

The formula looks like this

Total Score = Education Discounts + Personal Property Tax Incentives + Vehicle Registration Discounts + Hunting & Fishing & State Parks + Veteran Designation on Drivers License + Discounts Per 1000 Military & Veterans

Category Weightings

Individual categories were weighted as follows:
Education Discounts - total of 60 points in three categories
a) Full state tuition waivers for disabled veterans - 20 points. (partial points awarded for partial waivers)
b) Full state tuition waivers for children or spouses of veterans - 20 points (partial points awarded for partial waivers)
c) Full state tuition waivers for active duty, national guardsmen or veterans - 20 points (partial points awarded for partial waivers)

Property Tax & Income Tax Discounts Incentives - maximum score of 20 points
5 points reduction of taxes on retirement income
10 points for reduction of property taxes for all personnel
5 points for tax reduction on veteran disability pension income
5 points for reduction of property taxes for disabled veterans

Vehicle Registration Incentives - maximum of 10 points
Free vehicle registration for active duty or reservists - 10 points
Discounted vehicle registration for active duty or reservists - 5 points
Discounted vehicle registration for all veterans - 10 points
Discounted vehicle registration for disabled veterans - 5 points
Discounted tags for all veterans - 10 points
Discounted tags for disabled veterans, active or reservists 5 points

Hunting, Fishing and State Campground Discounts - maximum of 10 points
Free camping & outdoor recreation for all veterans, active duty and reservists - 10 points
Discounted camping for disabled veterans - 5 points
Discounted camping for one of the following , veterans, active or reservists - 5 points
Free hunting and fishing licenses for all veterans, active duty and reservists - 10 points
Free hunting and fishing licenses for disabled veterans - 5 points
Discounted hunting and fishing licenses regardless of status 5 points

Veteran Designation on Drivers License - 10 points
Active Law - 10 points
Pending Legislation - 5 points
No legislation - 0 points

Discounts per thousand military personnel or veterans
Number of discounts listed by state on MVDC/total military & veteran residents * 1000

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