Hawaii Veterans Services and Benefits

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If you’re a veteran of the armed forces, you can rest assured that Hawaii state services have things covered. I served in the US Air Force beginning in 1984 and was actually stationed there at Hickam AFB. After I was discharged I moved into downtown Waikiki and visited the VA immediately to see what could be done. They had job placement services and were very helpful for everything I needed to do – especially getting my VA benefits like the certificate for VA home loan, my VEAP – Veteran’s Educational Assistance Program, and other benefits I was due.

Fast forward nearly twenty years and I found myself right back at the VA for their job placement services. As I remember it I just went to the Workforce Development Office and they asked if I was also a vet. They hooked me up from there. If you haven’t ever dealt with government offices in Hawaii – you’re in for a pleasant surprise. I guess people are actually just happy to have a job. They’re laid back – no negative emotions displayed, they are courteous and kind to those coming to Hawaii to gain employment. It was a real treat – considering it’s not like that all over the mainland, I can tell you from experience.

Veterans Services & Benefits

Office of Veterans Services

Tripler Army Medical Center

459 Patterson Road

E-Wing, Room 1-A103

Honolulu, HI 96819

Phone: (808) 433-0420

Fax: (808) 433-0385

A good site to have a look at before you move to Hawaii is “Hawaii.gov”. The following information about Veteran benefits and services comes from there.

List of services for veterans, active military personnel, spouses and dependents of veterans:

  • Assist in preparation of VA claims
  • Assist with burials of indigent veterans
  • Employment and Re-employment
  • Hawaii Veterans Newsletter, Roster, Website and Memorial Fund
  • Help individuals file VA Appeals
  • Support various Grant-in-Aid requests for veteran related items, for example veterans’ cemeteries, Arizona Memorial, Aviation Museum, Veterans Centers statewide etc.
  • Governor’s Liaison to veterans
  • Assist with legal name change
  • Legislative Advocate for veterans – State & Federal
  • Maintain discharge documents
  • Obtain veteran birth, marriage, divorce & death certificates nationwide
  • Provide notary services
  • Refer individuals not qualified for VA benefits to other agencies
  • Represent veterans at VA hearings
  • Tax Exemptions for totally disabled veterans’
  • Review medical service records
  • Validate Service Credit for the State Employees Retirement System
  • Yukio Okutsu Hilo Veterans Home – development & oversight

Some veterans don’t want to go visit the Hawaii VA. Whether it’s laziness or the idea that they cannot really help much. I have to argue in favor of going  – what can it hurt? I found the people working at the Hawaii Veterans Administration to be friendly and I’m very glad I stopped by. You’ve got to do it too… don’t be shy, just go see what programs are available – you might be surprised.


About the Author:

I’ve lived Hawaii since the mid ‘80s when I moved here at the age of 21. I arrived site-unseen in Honolulu with zero contacts and about $5k in savings. I worked from nearly zero and today Hawaii has given me the greatest gifts in the world in all aspects: spiritually, financially, romantically (married since early ‘90s w/ 2 children), and most important, peace. My goal with this site is to share the magic of this Land of Aloha and help others who are on a similar quest.


  1. Jawaan 11/04/2015 at 4:23 pm - Reply

    Hello Vern,

    My name is Jawaan and I wanted to ask you some questions. I’m currently living in Chicago and in the process of moving to the island of Oahu. I’m am also a Marine Corps veteran who is moving back to Hawaii for a new job. I was hoping you can guide me in the right direction as to where to go for veteran housing and employment services. The job that I’m moving to Hawaii for is a maintenance tech on MCBH. It doesn’t pay much but its a start in the right direction so far. Thank you for your time and patience and I look forwrd to hearing back from you soon.



    • Vern Lovic 11/07/2015 at 5:34 am - Reply

      Hi Jawaan,

      I think your best bet is to contact a person at the job you’ll be joining – they must know how to go about that. Unfortunately I’m not well connected and up to speed on what vets can do in your case. I have the info for this page, that’s about it. Cheers man, and best of luck!

  2. mikel kohen 01/25/2013 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    Hello as a 100% tdui disabled veteran I am looking at moving to Hawaii. I am divorce and have custody of my 9 & 16. Were should I start? I have been looking at Maui, but is that the best place. In the next couple months I will be flying over and checking out. I could use any and all advice I can get.

    • Vern 01/25/2013 at 5:12 pm - Reply

      Hi Mikel,

      Thanks for your service, first of all. Hawaii has many different areas. Maui is great, for me, it’s my favorite. It probably isn’t most people’s favorite. It is expensive. It is rather spread out. Housing is expensive and not very available. Jobs too. For you I guess your main concern would be finding decent schools for your children. My own take on that is either don’t bring kids to the islands to grow up, or, put them in good private schools. I think it has to be one or the other. Sure, there is a chance they can plow through the public school system without too many problems and come out winners. There is a bigger chance they won’t. At least a bigger chance they will do better in a good private school. The good private schools on Oahu are in the $500 and up range per month. They are hella expensive and yet a lot of parents pay it just to keep their kids out of the public school system.

      To find out more about what it is like to live in Hawaii – watch my youtube series on it. Here’s the link to the first video – there are 4 – I think.

      Moving to Hawaii – part 1

      Best of life and luck to you…



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