Central SC is an ideal environment where veterans can plant roots and find success in their civilian career path. South Carolina veterans benefit from state assistance, including income tax exemption on retirement pay, state employment preferences, education and tuition assistance, and more. The University of South Carolina’s century-long history with the military has created a growing community for veterans and ROTC students to connect, and has specialized coursework and resources for veterans and their families to utilize. In addition, Columbia is home to the William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center. Find more resources and helpful links in the right-hand column.
Central SC is home to a variety of resources for veterans looking to transition into civilian employment. Many of our largest industries – including technology and manufacturing – are well suited for those with skills developed in the military. Visit our jobs board to see our available positions. Looking to shift your career path entirely? Visit our upskilling section to learn about programs that can get you job-ready in as little as six months to a year.
The U.S Department of Veterans Affairs also provides a variety of helpful resources, including career and employment assistance for veterans and their family members. Click over to the next tab to find a veterans affairs office that can help you understand the benefits and assistance you and your family could qualify for.
The South Carolina Association of Veterans Affairs Officers provides a comprehensive listing of officers in each county within the state who can assist you with accessing benefits and resources as a veteran.
In Central SC, you can find an officer in one of the following counties: Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg and Richland.
Honorably discharged veterans are given preference for state and public jobs. Financially, active duty pay is taxable and Reserve & National Guard drill pay is tax-free. Permanently and totally disabled veterans are also eligible for ahomestead tax deduction and a total exemption of property tax on their homes.
Children of SC veterans who died in service or who are permanently or totally disabled as a result of their service can access free tuition at state schools.
One of three South Carolina veterans homes is located in Columbia. Honorably discharged South Carolina resident veterans who are in need of skilled or intermediate nursing home care are eligible for admission.
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COLUMBIA, S.C. – Chick-fil-A Supply, a wholly owned subsidiary of Chick-fil-A, today announced plans to establish its newest distribution center in Lexington County. The company’s $80 million investment will create 165 new jobs. Founded in 2020, Chick-fil-A Supply supplements Chick-fil-A’s distribution network and allows the company to maintain greater flexibility within its supply chain. […]
The University of South Carolina will offer a Certified Supply Chain Certificate training program beginning in early 2023. The certificate program is an opportunity for individuals working in the supply chain industry to increase their knowledge and expertise in the field of supply chain management, while also preparing to earn the nationally recognized APICS CSCP credential. […]