State / Territory Benefits - Alabama

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Summary: Alabama offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including State Tax Advantage, Property Tax Exemptions, Alabama National Guard Tuition Scholarship Program, Education and Tuition Assistance, Vehicle Tags, Preference in State Classified Employment as well as Fishing License privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component, and Veteran disability status.

 

State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

State Taxes:

State Tax Advantage (Military Retiree Income Tax Exemption): Effective January 1, 1989, and for all successive tax years, all compensation received as retirement benefits by any person retired from the military service of the United States of America and survivor benefits derived there from are hereby exempt from any state, county or municipal income tax or similar tax. (Ala. Code § 40-18-20)
Eligibility: Military Retiree

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Military Combat Pay Income Tax Exemption: Money paid by the United States to a person as compensation for active service as a member of the Armed Forces of the United States in a combat zone shall not be subject to income taxes levied by the State of Alabama for the calendar year 1965 or any subsequent year.
Eligibility: Combat zone must be designated by executive order of the President of the United States (Code of Alabama 1974, Section 40-18-3)

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Retirement Income Taxes: Social Security, military, civil service, state/local government and qualified private pensions are exempt. All out-of-state government pensions are tax-exempt if they are defined benefit plans.


Retired Military Pay: Pay and survivor benefits not taxed.


Military Disability Retired Pay: Retirees who entered the military before Sept. 24, 1975, and members receiving disability retirements based on combat injuries or who could receive disability payments from the VA are covered by laws giving disability broad exemption from federal income tax. Most military retired pay based on service-related disabilities also is free from federal income tax, but there is no guarantee of total protection.


VA Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: VA benefits are not taxable because they generally are for disabilities and are not subject to federal or state taxes.

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Military SBP/ RCSBP/RSFPP: Effective January 1, 1989, and for all successive tax years, all compensation received as military survivor benefits derived there from military retirement are hereby exempt from any state, county or municipal income tax or similar tax. (Ala. Code § 40-18-20). Check with state department of revenue office.

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Homes of Totally Disabled Veteran or Those over Age 65: (Code of Alabama 1975, Section 40-9-21)

The Alabama Legislature passed Act 2012-313 during the 2012 regular session that will change the qualifications for receiving a total exemption from ad valorem taxes for individuals who are either disabled or age sixty-five (65) and older. To qualify for this exemption, the taxpayer must be either:

  1. Age 65 and older and have combined net taxable income of the taxpayer and his or her Spouse on their latest United States Tax Return of $12,000 or less.
  2. Retired because of permanent and total disability and the combined net taxable income of the taxpayer and his or her Spouse on their latest United States Tax Return is $12,000 or less.

The effective date of Act 2012-313 is August 1, 2012. The new requirements must be met for any total disability granted as of October 1, 2012 for ad valorem taxes to be collected beginning October 1, 2013. Any taxpayer in Alabama who is a first time claimant of this exemption must meet these new qualifications. Additionally, any taxpayer in Alabama who has been previously granted this exemption must recertify that they meet these new qualifications to continue receiving this exemption

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Homes of Veterans/Widows Acquired under Public Law 702: The home of any Veteran which is or was acquired by the provisions of Public Law 702, 80th Congress (specially adapted housing grant) as amended by (38 USC) regardless of its value shall be exempt.
Eligibility: Veteran owned and occupied as a home by the Veteran or his/her un-remarried Widow/er. (Code of Alabama 1975, Section 40-9-20)

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Motor Vehicle Paid For By VA Grant: Vehicles that have been all or partly paid for with funds furnished by the VA are entitled to exemptions from all license fees and ad valorem taxes on such motor vehicle provided the Veteran keeps the vehicle only for private use. (Code of Alabama 1975, Section 40-12-254).
Eligibility: Any disabled Veteran of WWII or of any hostilities in which the United States was is or shall be engaged against any foreign state who owns such a vehicle paid all or partly from VA funds.

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Education Benefits:

Alabama National Guard State Education Priority Reimbursement: Reimbursement for BA and lesser degrees, $400,000 has been allocated to provide educational assistance to Soldiers by priority. Those National Guard Service members will receive a maximum of $55.00 per credit hour up to $1,250 per fiscal year. Priority 2 National Guard Service members will receive any money left after priority 1 members have been paid. The remaining money will be divided equally between the members on the priority 2 list. Priority 2 Soldiers will be identified 3 weeks after the start of the 2nd Semester.
Eligibility: National Guard Service member in Priority 1 category are members in pay grade E-1 through E-6 with less than 6 years' service. Priority 2 is all other National Guard Service members.

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National Guard Educational Benefit: Tuition reimbursement of $500 per semester or quarter. No more than $1,000 annually.
Eligibility: Army National Guard Service member.

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Alabama G. I. Dependents' Scholarship Program: Five standard academic years or part-time equivalent at any Alabama state-supported institution of higher learning or a prescribed course of study at any Alabama state-supported technical school without payment of any tuition, required textbooks, or instructional fees. A Spouse or un-remarried Widow (er) of a Veteran who is rated 20 - 90% due to service-connected disabilities are only entitled to three standard academic years without payment of tuition, required textbooks and instructional fees or a prescribed technical course not to exceed 27 months of training.
Eligibility: The entitlement applies to the following dependents:

  • A Child whose parent was killed on active duty in the line of duty; killed from a service-connected disability; was declared MIA; was a former POW; or has a 20% or greater disability rating and entered the military from the State of Alabama.
  • A Spouse or unmarried Widow/Widower whose Spouse was killed on active duty in the line of duty; died from a service-connected disability; was declared MIA; was a former POW; or has a 100% permanent disability rating and either entered the military from the State of Alabama or lived in the State of Alabama for five years immediately prior to making application.
  • A Spouse or Widow (er) of a Veteran who meets the residency requirements and is rated 20% - 90% due to service-connected disabilities, and who initially enrolls in school on or after Fall 2009, are entitled to three standard academic years without payment of tuition, required textbooks and instructional fees or a prescribed technical course not to exceed 27 months of training. A Spouse enrolled in school before Fall 2009 receive two academic years of scholarship benefits. Note: Widow (er) forfeits benefits upon remarriage. Spouse forfeits benefits upon divorce from Veteran in which the Spouse derived their eligibility.

Age Deadline: The Child or Stepchild must initiate training prior to their 26th birthday. Age 30 deadline may apply in certain situations. There is no age deadline for submission of the application by the Spouse or un-remarried Widow (er). Step-Children must be under the age of 19 at the time of the current marriage between the eligible Veteran and the step-Child's parent.

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Tuition Waiver - Purple Heart Medal Recipients: Public institutions of higher learning in the State of Alabama, including two-year and four-year postsecondary technical colleges, community colleges, and junior colleges, may waive tuition and fees for recipients of the Purple Heart Medal for undergraduate studies. Contact the public institution that the recipient plans to attend for more information. (Ala. Code § 16-1-43)

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Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children: It is the purpose of this compact to remove barriers to educational success imposed on Children of military Families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:

  • Facilitating the timely enrollment of Children of military Families and ensuring that they are not placed at a disadvantage due to difficulty in the transfer of educational records from the previous school district or variations in entrance or age requirements.
  • Facilitating the student placement process through which Children of military Families are not disadvantaged by variations in attendance requirements, scheduling, sequencing, grading, course content or assessment. Facilitating the qualification and eligibility for enrollment, educational programs, and participation in extracurricular academic, athletic and social activities.
  • Facilitating the on-time graduation of Children of military Families.
  • Providing for the promulgation and enforcement of administrative rules implementing the provisions of this compact.
  • Providing for the uniform collection and sharing of information between and among member states, schools and military Families under this compact.
  • Promoting coordination between this compact and other compacts affecting military Children.
  • Promoting flexibility and cooperation between the educational system, parents and the student in order to achieve educational success for the student.

Primary Point of Contact:
Dr. Aaron Milner, Alabama MIC3 Commissioner
Address: 943 Alabama Highway 43 S
Saraland, AL 36571
Email: amilner@saralandboe.org
Phone: 251-375-5420

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Employment Benefits:

Employment Assistance: State employee receives 21 days military leave per year.
Eligibility: State employee on orders for Annual training or active duty with the National Guard or Reserve components.

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Job Status and Reemployment Rights: Those state employees who are not in the classified service, upon being called into or entering the military service, shall have the same rights and privileges as to reemployment by the state or any department thereof as are granted to those employees in the classified service. (Ala. Code § 36-26-33)

State, county and municipal officials, who enter the military or naval service at a time when a state of national emergency has been declared to exist by the President of the United States, have preservation of job status and reemployment rights (Ala. Code§§ 36-8-1-6).

Any teacher entering military service at a time when there is an existing state of war between the United States and any other country shall be granted a leave of absence for the duration of the war and until the beginning of the school year next succeeding the date on which said teacher is released from military service.

Any teacher entering the military service of the United States, who is not on continuing service status but who has accumulated one or more years of teaching experience immediately prior to entering military service, shall be given credit for such experience if such teacher is reemployed within one year after release from military service. (Ala. Code§ 16-24-13)

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Preference in State Classified Employment: All persons who have been honorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces at any time shall have 5 points added to any earned ratings in examination for entrance to the state classified service. Honorably discharged Veterans with the present existence of a service-connected disability and entitled to pension, compensation or disability allowance under existing laws shall have 10 points added to any earned ratings. Wives and widows of certain disabled or deceased Veterans may have the 10-point preference extended to them and added to any earned ratings. Veterans also receive preference on the classified service employment registers over non-Veterans with the same ratings. (Ala. Code § 36-26-15(b))

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Membership in State Employees'/Teachers' Retirement System: Retirement benefits rights of state employees and teachers who enter the Armed Forces and return to state employment after discharge are preserved and may be granted credit for military service up to four years.
Eligibility: A member who entered the Armed Forces and does not withdraw contributions, and who returns to employment within one year after being honorably discharged. Additionally, provided the Veteran pays an amount equal to 4% of the average compensation paid to a state employee during each claimed year of full-time military service, plus and together there with 8% interest compounded from the last date of such claimed military service. The contributions must be made within a period of time equal to the length of service in the armed forces or before attainment of age 60, or in the case of a state policeman, age 56, whichever occurs first. No credit for military service shall be granted if such member is receiving military service retirement benefits. (Ala. Code §§ 36-27-4(d) - (f); 16-25-3(d) & (e))

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Business and Occupational License Exemptions for Disabled Veterans: Any bona fide permanent resident of Alabama who is a veteran of WWII or at any time past, present or future, when the United States was, is or shall be engaged in hostilities with any foreign state and who has physical disabilities of 25% or more whether service-connected or not, may be exempt from business or occupational license taxes. A Veteran who conducts his/her business as a means of livelihood through his/her personal efforts and has no more than one employee shall be entitled to licenses from the state/county/municipality to carry on such business upon the payment of license taxes that shall not exceed $25.00. However, a Veteran whose property (both real and personal) is valued at $5,000.00 or more or whose net income is $2,500.00 or more is not entitled to these business and occupational license exemptions. (Ala. Code §§ 40-12-340-352)

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Unemployment Compensation Benefits:

Unemployment Compensation: The Unemployment Compensation (UC) division is built around one central idea: a worker who loses his job, through no fault of his own, deserves financial help.

It benefits employers because it enables them to keep their workforce together during short-term layoffs. It aids individuals by providing them with basic sustenance money until they become re-employed. Both groups also profit because unemployment insurance helps stabilize local economies during a recession. Administration of the UC program is completely funded by Federal Unemployment Taxes (FUTA).

Every effort is taken to make this customer-service oriented through the use of telephone claims, streamlined operations, and expanded services. These improvements have been implemented while maintaining a low unemployment compensation tax rate for Alabama employers.

Before filing your claim, you MUST have the following information available:

  • Your Social Security Number.
  • Your work history for the last 18 months, including your employers' business names, addresses, telephone numbers, and dates of employment.
  • Your alien registration number, IF you are not a U.S. Citizen.
  • Copy # 4 of your DD Form 214, IF released from the military in the past 18 months.
  • Your Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) certification letter and/or TAA petition number, IF you are filing for Trade Adjustment Assistance Benefits.
  • The name and local number of your union hiring hall, IF you obtain your work through a union hiring hall.
  • Your bank routing number and checking/savings account number, IF Direct Deposit is desired
  • A telephone number where you can be reached during normal business hours, ( 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM, Monday-Friday ).

The information you provide will be used to determine your eligibility for Unemployment Compensation benefits. It is important that your answers are accurate and complete for each question asked. The law provides penalties for making false statements to obtain unemployment benefits.

Unemployment Compensation Claims can be filed online at: https://labor.alabama.gov/uc/Claims or by calling 1-866-234-5382. More UC Telephone Numbers for Claimants can be found here.

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Motor Vehicle Division Benefits:

The state of Alabama offers a large selection of specialized vehicle license plates for Veterans, Disabled Veterans, and Military Service members. The Alabama Department of Revenue, Motor Vehicle Division website and following link provides a complete list of special military plates:

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Exemption from License and Registration Tax and Fee: Service-connected disabled Veterans, National Guard or Reserve forces shall be exempt from the operation of the privilege or license tax and registration fee. (Code of Alabama 1975, Section 40-12-244)
Eligibility: Service connected disabled Veterans, any active or retired member of the Alabama National Guard or any resident of Alabama at the time of entering the United States Armed Forces Reserve organization who are still residents of Alabama at the time the exemption is claimed.

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U.S. Army Plate: All residents of Alabama who are active, retired, or honorably discharged Veterans of the U.S. Army. The fee for the plate is $23.00-$890.00 depending on the type of vehicle registered. There is an additional payment of $3.00 for each plate issued.
Eligibility: One of the following documents must be presented to the license plate issuing official: Military ID; Leave and Earnings Statement; or DD214. The "Application for Disability Access Parking Privileges" must be provided to obtain the disability access license plate.

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Active Reserve Plate: All residents of Alabama who are active members of the United States Armed Forces Reserve. The registrant is exempt from registration fees for the first plate but must pay ad valorem taxes. All applicable registration fees and ad valorem taxes must be remitted for any additional plates issued. These fees vary from $23.00-$105.00, based on vehicle type. Active Reserve members are not required to purchase the Active Reserve distinctive license plate in order to claim a registration fee exemption.
Eligibility: Active Reserve Service member with identification card and Affidavit signed by unit commander.

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National Guard Plate: A resident of Alabama who is an active or retired member of the Alabama National Guard, or an active member of the Alabama State Guard. The registrant is exempt from registration fees for the first plate but must pay ad valorem taxes. All applicable registration fees and ad valorem taxes must be remitted for any additional plates issued. National Guard members are required to obtain the National Guard distinctive license plate in order to claim the registration fee exemption. An additional fee of $50.00 for personalized tags.
Eligibility: Active National Guard Service member with identification card and Affidavit signed by unit commander. Retired members must provide a proper ID card and an NGB Form 22 or Notice of Eligibility for Retired Pay at Age 60. The "Application for Disability Access Parking Privileges" must be provided to obtain the disability access license plate.

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U.S. Armed Forces Retired Plate: Retired military persons retired under honorable conditions, National Guard retirees, and retired military reservists. In addition, the Spouse of a retired military member or retired reservist may be issued one (1) retired military distinctive license plate for the remainder of their lifetime or until they remarry, upon payment of the regular registration fees and taxes. The registration fees range from $23.00 to $105.00 depending on the type of vehicle being registered and an additional payment of $3.00 for each plate issued.
Eligibility:

  • Retired military persons must provide a DD214 form.
  • Retired National Guardsmen must provide an NGB Form 22 or Notice of Eligibility for Retired Pay at Age 60 (20 year letter).
  • Retired military reservists must provide a Notice of Eligibility for Retired Pay at Age 60 (20 year letter).
  • A Spouse must provide a dependent ID card.

The "Application for Disability Access Parking Privileges" must be provided to obtain the disability access license plate.

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Medal of Honor Plate: A resident of Alabama who is the recipient of the Medal of Honor or the widow of a recipient of the Medal of Honor. The registrant is exempt from registration fees and ad valorem taxes for the first plate. All applicable registration fees and ad valorem taxes must be remitted for any additional plates obtained. The registration fees range from $23.00 to $105.00 depending on the type of vehicle being registered.
Eligibility: A resident of Alabama who is the recipient of the Medal of Honor or the Widow of a recipient of the Medal of Honor. Provide a DD214 and Certification from Department of Veterans' Affairs. The "Application for Disability Access Parking Privileges" must be provided to obtain the disability access license plate.

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Purple Heart Plate: Any resident of the State of Alabama who shows by satisfactory proof that he or she is a recipient of the Purple Heart medal. The registrant is exempt from registration fees (but not ad valorem taxes) for the first plate. All applicable registration fees and ad valorem taxes must be remitted for any additional plates obtained. The registration fees range from $23.00 to $105.00 depending on the type of vehicle being registered.
Eligibility: Purple Heart Medal recipients. The "Application for Disability Access Parking Privileges" must be provided to obtain the disability access license plate. Surviving spouse may retain the plate.

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Disabled Veteran Plate: A resident of Alabama who is a service-connected disabled Veteran.

  • The first tag is exempt from registration fees for Veterans with a 10% or higher disability.
  • There is an annual fee of $5.00 for Veterans with over 50% disability or vehicle has special mechanical control devices.
  • If the vehicle all or partly paid for by US Department of Veterans Affairs, the first plate is exempt from registration fees and ad valorem tax.

Eligibility: Any Veteran resident requiring special mechanical control devices to operate a vehicle because of service-connected disabilities 10% or higher disability. The Veteran must provide a proper identification card and a US Department of Veterans Affairs disability rating certification. The "Application for Disability Access Parking Privileges" must be provided to obtain the disability access license plate.

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Prisoner of War Plate: Any resident of the State of Alabama who shows by satisfactory proof that he or she is a duly recognized former prisoner of war. The registrant is exempt from registration fees and ad valorem taxes for the first plate. All applicable registration fees and ad valorem taxes must be remitted for any additional plates obtained. The registration fees range from $23.00 to $105.00 depending on the type of vehicle being registered.
Eligibility: A distinctive permanent license plate shall be issued to any resident or surviving Spouse of the state who is a recipient duly recognized American prisoner of war, or who is an American who was a duly recognized prisoner of war while serving with a formal American ally force, for use on a private motor vehicle registered in the recipient's name. Veteran must provide satisfactory proof that an enemy of the United States held him/her as a prisoner of war during a period of armed conflict. Application must be forwarded VA office for verification. The "Application for Disability Access Parking Privileges" must be provided to obtain the disability access license plate. The surviving Spouse may retain the plate.

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WWII American Campaign Plate: Only a Veteran of the appropriate conflict, who is a resident of Alabama, may qualify and obtain a Veteran commerative license plate. The fee for the plate is $23.00-$890.00 depending on the type of vehicle registered. There is a $3.00 fee when the plate is issued and $50.00 annual fee if the plate is personalized.
Eligibility: Veteran's Affidavit/Certification from Department of Veterans' Affairs. The "Application for Disability Access Parking Privileges" must be provided to obtain the disability access license plate.

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WWII European Campaign Plate: Only a Veteran of the appropriate conflict, who is a resident of Alabama, may qualify and obtain a Veteran commerative license plate. The fee for the plate is $23.00-$890.00 depending on the type of vehicle registered. There is a $3.00 fee when the plate is issued and $50.00 annual fee if the plate is personalized.
Eligibility: Veteran's Affidavit/Certification from Department of Veterans' Affairs. The "Application for Disability Access Parking Privileges" must be provided to obtain the disability access license plate.

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Pearl Harbor Survivor Plate: A resident of Alabama who is a Veteran of the appropriate conflict may qualify and obtain a Veteran commerative license plate. The fees vary from $23.00-$105.00, based on vehicle type and an additional payment of $3.00 for each plate issued. There is a $3.00 fee when the plate is issued and $50.00 annual fee if the plate is personalized.
Eligibility: A Veteran who was a member of the United States Armed Forces on December 7, 1941, was on station or offshore at a distance not to exceed three miles, during the attack on the Island of Oahu, Territory of Hawaii, and received an honorable discharge from the United States Armed Forces may be issued a distinctive motor vehicle license tag identifying them as Pearl Harbor Survivors. The "Application for Disability Access Parking Privileges" must be provided to obtain the disability access license plate.

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WWII Asiatic Pacific Campaign Plate: Only a Veteran of the appropriate conflict, who is a resident of Alabama, may qualify and obtain a Veteran commerative license plate. The fee for the plate is $23.00-$890.00 depending on the type of vehicle registered. There is a $3.00 fee when the plate is issued and $50.00 annual fee if the plate is personalized.
Eligibility: Veteran's Affidavit/Certification from Department of Veterans' Affairs. The "Application for Disability Access Parking Privileges" must be provided to obtain the disability access license plate.

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Battle of the Bulge Plate: A resident of Alabama who is a Veteran of the appropriate conflict may qualify and obtain a Veteran commemorative license plate. The fee for the plate is $23.00-$890.00 depending on the type of vehicle registered. There is a $3.00 fee when the plate is issued and $50.00 annual fee if the plate is personalized.
Eligibility: Veteran's Affidavit/Certification from Department of Veterans' Affairs. The "Application for Disability Access Parking Privileges" must be provided to obtain the disability access license plate.

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Vietnam Veteran Plate: Only a Veteran who served during the Vietnam War, who is a resident of Alabama, may qualify and obtain a Veteran commemorative license plate. The registration fees range from $23.00 to $105.00 depending on the type of vehicle being registered. There is a $6.00 fee when plate is issued, a $3.00 fee when vehicle registration is renewed, and a $50.00 annual fee if plate is personalized.
Eligibility: Veteran's Affidavit/Certification from Department of Veterans' Affairs. The "Application for Disability Access Parking Privileges" must be provided to obtain the disability access license plate.

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Korean War Veteran Plate: A resident of Alabama who is a Veteran of the Korean War may qualify and obtain a Veteran commemorative license plate. The fee for the plate is $23.00-$890.00 depending on the type of vehicle registered. There is a $3.00 fee when the plate is issued and $50.00 annual fee if the plate is personalized.
Eligibility: Veteran's Affidavit/Certification from Department of Veterans' Affairs. The "Application for Disability Access Parking Privileges" must be provided to obtain the disability access license plate.

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Desert Storm/Desert Shield Plate: A resident of Alabama who is a Veteran of the appropriate conflict may qualify and obtain a Veteran commemorative license plate. The fee for the plate is $23.00-$890.00 depending on the type of vehicle registered. There is a $3.00 fee when the plate is issued and $50.00 annual fee if the plate is personalized.
Eligibility: Veteran's Affidavit/Certification from Department of Veterans' Affairs. The "Application for Disability Access Parking Privileges" must be provided to obtain the disability access license plate.

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Global War on Terrorism Plate: A resident of Alabama who has served or is currently serving in an active status either on active duty or within a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces, including the Alabama National Guard and civilian employees of the U.S. Government who are on military orders, in current or future conflicts in support of the global war on terrorism occurring on or after September 11, 2001. These fees vary from $23.00-$105.00, based on vehicle type and an additional payment of $3.00 for each plate issued.
Eligibility: DD214 or copy of military orders. The "Application for Disability Access Parking Privileges" must be provided to obtain the disability access license plate.

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Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) - Afghanistan Plate: A resident of Alabama who is a Veteran of the Operation Enduring Freedom may qualify and obtain a Veteran commemorative license plate. The fee for the plate is $23.00-$890.00 depending on the type of vehicle registered. There is a $3.00 fee when the plate is issued and $50.00 annual fee if the plate is personalized.
Eligibility: The Veteran must provide certification from the Department of Veteran Affairs. The "Application for Disability Access Parking Privileges" must be provided to obtain the disability access license plate.

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Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) Plate: A resident of Alabama who is a Veteran of the Operation Enduring Iraqi may qualify and obtain a Veteran commemorative license plate. The fee for the plate is $23.00-$890.00 depending on the type of vehicle registered. There is a $3.00 fee when the plate is issued and $50.00 annual fee if the plate is personalized.
Eligibility: The Veteran must provide certification from the Department of Veteran Affairs. The "Application for Disability Access Parking Privileges" must be provided to obtain the disability access license plate.

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Health and Insurance Benefits:

Group Insurance: Alabama National Guard Association offers up to $50,000 for National Guard Service members; also Spouse up to $25,000 and dependent coverage $2,000-$10,000 available.
Eligibility: Member of Army/Air National Guard.

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Workers Compensation: Workers Compensation equivalent to State employees.
Eligibility: Injury occurs while serving on State Active Duty.

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Injury/Death Benefits: Workers Compensation equivalent to State employees less any VA payments received.
Eligibility: Injury/Death occurs while serving on State Active Duty.

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Parks and Recreation Benefits:

Hunting Licenses: Military personnel, including Spouse and dependents living with them receive resident license privileges with copy of orders assigning them to Alabama and a military ID card.

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Disabled Fishing License: Allows resident that is totally disabled to fish in public waters. License issued for $1.00 and is valid on continuous basis as long as person is disabled.

Disabled Freshwater Fishing Military Veteran's Appreciation: Allows a disabled Veteran upon the payment of a license fee of $3.05 to fish the freshwaters of Alabama.
Eligibility: Any Veteran who has a 20% or greater disability and who has been a bona fide resident of this state for not less than six months preceding the date of application.

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State Park Discount Serve & Protect Getaway Discount: Sunday - Thursday 25% discount (with ID at check-in) Active and Retired Military. (Holidays not included) January - April. (Discount on Hotel room or cabins.

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Miscellaneous Benefits:

Alabama State Veterans Home Program: Alabama extends special kind of care to Veterans through a partnership with the federal government and private industry. The Bill Nichols State Veterans Home in Alexander City has been "home" to hundreds of Veterans since its opening in 1989. In January 1995, Alabama opened two more homes to vets, the Floyd E. "Tut" Fann State Veterans Home in Huntsville and the William F. Green State Veterans Home in Bay Minette. Summer of 2012 the newest Veterans home, Colonel Robert L. Howard State Veterans Home, opened in Pell City.
Eligibility: Must be honorably discharged from military service with a minimum of 90 days of service, of which one day was during a wartime period. DD-214 or equivalent must be part of the application package. Must meet the qualifications as set forth by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs criteria for skilled nursing care or domiciliary/assisted living. Must have been a resident of the State of Alabama during the immediate past 12 months. Veterans who do not have war-time service may be admitted to the Home on a space available basis. These Veterans will not be placed on a waiting list or placed before wartime Veterans.

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Exemption of Debts Incurred Pursuant to National Housing Act or Veterans' Benefits: All debts or extensions of credit incurred pursuant to any provision of the act of Congress known as the National Housing Act, as the same now exists or may hereafter be amended or supplemented, and all debts or extensions of credit incurred pursuant to any act of Congress relating to Veterans' benefits, as the same now exists or may hereafter be amended or supplemented, are exempt from any law of this state relating to usury or prescribing or limiting interest rates. (Ala. Code § 8-8-6(a))

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Unemployment Compensation: A person who served in the armed forces of the U.S. and who is unemployed may be entitled to unemployment compensation based on their honorable military or naval service. Contact the nearest State Employment Compensation Claims Office. Pension or disability payments provided by the U.S. to the individuals who have completed the period of military service may disqualify such individual from receiving unemployment compensation. (Ala. Code §§ 25-4-1, et seq.; 25-4-78)

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Executive, Attestation, and Acknowledgment Certification: Acknowledgments, proof of conveyance and affidavits may be taken by certain government, state or municipal officials or by any commissioned officer of any of the armed forces of the U.S., within or outside the limits of the U.S. When such acknowledgment is taken by the latter, the official seal of the officer before whom it is acknowledged shall have the same effect as an acknowledgment in the manner and form preserved by the laws of this state for instruments executed in this state. (Ala. Code §§ 35-4-26(a) & (b))

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Fiduciaries in War Service: Any fiduciary engaged in war service may be removed from this office as such upon petition filed n the proper court having jurisdiction and again serve as such fiduciary at any time after the termination of their war service upon petition of the court. (Ala. Code §§ 19-2-2-3)

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Notice of Armed Forces Death: A written notice or communication from the Department of Defense, the Adjutant General of the Army, the Secretary of the Navy or other officer charged with the duty of sending such notice or communication to the effect that any person in the armed forces of our country, or serving as auxiliary thereto, is dead shall be accepted as legally sufficient evidence of the death of such person. (Ala. Code § 12-21-90)

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Wills: The will of a person, executed while in the armed forces, is admitted to probate when subscribing witness or witnesses are out of the state at the time the will is offered for probate; or when places of address of witnesses are unknown, upon oath of at least three persons that the signature to said will is in the handwriting of the person whose will it intends to be. Such will is acceptable when so proved. (Ala. Code § 43-8-167(b))

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Public Records: One copy of any public record (birth or marriage certificate, divorce decree, etc.) is furnished free of charge when required by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to be used in determining the eligibility of any person to participate in benefits made available by their federal agency. (Code of Alabama 1975, Section 26-9-12)

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Recordings of Discharges: Honorable discharges and certificates of honorable service are recorded free of charge by probate judges. Any person who holds a release from active duty, or DD Form 214, from the United States Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Navy, or Marine Corps may present the DD Form 214 to the judge of probate of the county wherein he or she resides, and the judge of probate shall cause the same to be recorded at no charge. (Code of Alabama 1975, Section 31-1-1)

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Peace Officers' Credit for Military Service: Any peace officer who becomes a member of the fund and who left employment and entered directly into the Armed Forces of the United States shall receive prior employment service credit for service in the military not to exceed five years.
Eligibility: A Veteran must return to work as a peace officer within six months after release or discharge (Code of Alabama 1975, Section 36-21-69)

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Guardianship for Veterans and Minor Dependents: The Uniform Veterans' Guardianship Act provides for the appointment of a guardian for Veterans and their minor dependents that are mentally or physically incapacitated. This Act outlines the appointment process, duties, responsibilities, limits, taxing of costs and fees of guardianship. The control and accountability of the beneficiary's estate and income include only moneys received by the guardian from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and all earnings, interest and profits derived. (Code of Alabama 1975, Section 26-9-1)

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State Veterans Memorial Cemetery: The Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery is located in Spanish Fort. Services are held in the committal shelter. The cemetery does not offer graveside services. The Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Spanish Fort provides for in-ground casket burial sites and cremation interments. Columbarium niches, in-ground cremation inurnment and a scattering garden are available for cremation interments. For Spouses or dependent Children, a $375.00 fee will be charged on the day of interment. For Veterans, the cemetery provides the following at no cost:

  • Burial plot or columbarium niche
  • Concrete liner for casket burials
  • Opening and closing of the grave
  • Perpetual care of the gravesite
  • Inscribed gravestone
  • 30 minute committal service

All other funeral expenses are paid by the Veteran's family or estate

Eligibility: Eligibility for interment in the State Veterans Cemetery follows National Cemetery Administration eligibility requirements. In general, U.S. Veterans discharged under conditions other than dishonorable and their Spouses and dependent Children are eligible. Alabama state residency requirements for burial in the State Veterans Cemetery must meet one of the following:

  • Legal resident of Alabama at the time of death; or
  • Legal resident of Alabama when he or she entered the Armed Forces of the United States; or
  • Legal resident of Alabama for a period of 10 or more years (any cumulative period of 10 or more years, regardless of residency at the time of death).

Eligibility for Veteran's Family: The surviving Spouse of an eligible Veteran that has been interred who remarries retains his or her eligibility for burial. Unmarried Children who are under 21 years of age, or who are under 23 years of age and are pursuing full-time education at an approved institution; or an unmarried adult Child of an eligible Veteran of any age if the Child became physically or mentally disabled and incapable of self-support by reason of mental or physical disability before reaching 21 years of age or before reaching 23 years of age if pursuing full-time education at an approved institution are eligible.

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Bonus for Southeast Asian War Prisoners: A gratuity in the amount of $500 shall be paid out of the General Fund in the State Treasury to any person who entered the armed services while he was a bona fide resident of the State of Alabama and who was imprisoned as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, South Vietnam, Laos, or Cambodia.

In the event any person who qualified for the payment of this bonus died while such a prisoner, the gratuity shall be paid to his next of kin. For the purposes of this chapter the term "next of kin" shall be the person or persons designated to receive the prisoner's G.I. insurance. (Ala. Code § 31-7-1)

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Armed Forces Voter Registration and Absentee Voting: Members of the Armed Forces of the United States and their dependents may register and receive an absentee ballot for voting in the county of their Alabama permanent address by completing the Federal Post Card Application form (FPCA, Standard Form 76). This form may be obtained from the military unit's voting officer. The completed form should be mailed to the Board of Registrars in the county of his/her Alabama permanent address. (See also Ala. Code §§ 17-11-3(a)(5) & (b); 17-11-4).

[Act No. 2011-619 provides for the opportunity for overseas absentee voting in certain circumstances. Contact the Office of the Alabama Secretary of State for more information at 334.242.7200 or visit their website at www.sos.alabama.gov

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Commitment to Incompetent Veteran: Whenever it appears that an incompetent Veteran of any war, military occupation or expedition is eligible for treatment in a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) and commitment to such facility is necessary for the proper care and treatment of such Veteran, the courts of this state are hereby authorized to communicate with the administration with reference to available facilities and eligibility and, upon receipt of a certificate from the administration stating that there are facilities available in a VAMC, is entitled to hospitalization therein, the court may then direct such Veteran's commitment to such hospital. Notice of such pending proceedings shall be furnished the person so committed, and his/her right to appear and defend shall not be denied. (Ala. Code § 26-9-13)

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Official Reporting of Missing Person, Etc.: An official written report or record, or duly certified copy thereof, that a person is missing, missing in action, interned in a neutral country, or beleaguered, besieged or captured by an enemy or is dead or is alive, made by any officer or employee of the United States authorized by any law of the United States to make same, shall be received in any court, office or other place in this state as prima facie evidence that such person is missing, missing in action, interned in a neutral country, or beleaguered, besieged or captured by an enemy or is dead or is alive, as the case may be. (Ala. Code § 12-21-91(a))

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VA Medical Facilities in Alabama

Veterans Health Administration
VA Medical Center
Birmingham: Birmingham VA Medical Center, 700 South 19th St, 205-933-8101
Montgomery: Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System West Campus, 215 Perry Hill Rd,
334-272-4670 / 800-214-8387
Tuscaloosa: Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center, 3701 Loop Rd. East, 205-554-2000 / 888-269-3045

Tuskegee: Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System East Campus, 2400 Hospital Rd,
334-727-0550 / 800-214-8387

Outpatient Clinic
Dothan: Dothan Mental Health Clinic , 3753 Ross Clark Circle, Suite 4, 334-678-1933 / Fax: 334-678-0977
Selma: Selma Outpatient Clinic, 206 Vaughan Memorial Dr, 334-418-4975 / Fax: 334-875-9073

Community Based Outpatient Clinic
Bessemer: Bessemer Clinic, 975 9th Ave, SW-Suite 400 at UAB West Medical Center West, 205-428-3495 / Fax: 205-428-9240
Childersburg: Childersburg CBOC, 151 9th Ave. NW, 256-378-9026 / Fax: 256-378-3371
Dothan: Dothan, 2020 Alexander Dr, 334-673-4166 / Fax: 334-673-4170
Fort Rucker: Wiregrass CBOC, 301 Andrews Ave, 334-503-0550 x7831/ Fax: 334-272-7715
Gadsden: Gadsden Clinic, 206 Rescia Ave, 256-413-7154 / Fax: 256-413-7813
Guntersville: Guntersville, AL CBOC, 101 Judy Smith Dr, 256-582-4033 / Fax: 256-582-4215
Huntsville: Huntsville Clinic, 301 Governor's Dr, S.W, 256-535-3100 / Fax: 256-534-1580
Jasper: Jasper Clinic, 1454 Jones Dairy Rd, 205-221-7384 / Fax: 205-221-7385
Madison: Madison/Decatur Clinic, 8075 Madison Blvd, Suite 101, 256-772-6220 / Fax: 256-461-0030
Mobile: Mobile Outpatient Clinic, 1504 Springhill Ave, 251-219-3900
Oxford: Anniston/Oxford Clinic, 96 Ali Way Creekside South, 256-832-4141 / Fax: 256-832-4153
Sheffield: Shoals Area (Florence) Clinic, 422 DD Cox Blvd, 256-381-9055 / Fax: 256-381-6101

Vet Center - 877-927-8387
Birmingham: Birmingham Vet Center, 1201 2nd Ave South, 205-212-3122 / Fax: 205-212-3123
Huntsville: Huntsville Vet Center, 415 Church St, Bldg H, Suite 101, 256-539-5775 / Fax: 256-533-1973
Mobile: Mobile Vet Center, 3221 Springhill Ave Bldg 2, Suite C, 251-478-5906 / Fax: 251-478-2237
Montgomery: Montgomery Vet Center, 4405 Atlanta Hwy, 334-273-7796 / Fax: 334-277-8376

Veterans Benefits Administration
Regional Benefit Office
Montgomery: Montgomery Regional Benefit Office, 345 Perry Hill Rd

Intake Site (Pre-Discharge Claims Assistance)
Fort Rucker: Fort Rucker, ACAP Center, 334-213-3302 x3789
Maxwell AFB: Maxwell Air Force Base, Maxwell-Gunter Transition Services
Redstone Arsenal: Redstone Arsenal, Military Personnel Office

National Cemetery Administration
National Cemetery
Ft. Mitchell: Fort Mitchell National Cemetery, 553 Hwy 165, 334-855-4731 / Fax: 334-855-4740
Mobile: Mobile National Cemetery, 1202 Virginia St, 850-453-4108 / Fax: 850-453-4635
Montevallo: Alabama National Cemetery, 3133 Hwy 119, 205-665-9039 / Fax: 205-665-7790

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Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs
RSA Plaza, Suite 530
770 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, Alabama 36130-2755
334-242-5077
http://www.va.state.al.us/

TAA: Dianna Northam
Phone: 334-270-2990
E-mail: Dianna.j.northam@al.ngb.army.mil

State Director: Clyde Marsh
Phone: 334-242-5077
E-mail: clyde.marsh@va.alabama.gov

  

Military Installations in Alabama

Active Duty

Army
Fort McClellan
Anniston Army Depot
Redstone Arsenal
Fort Rucker

Air Force
Maxwell Gunter Annex
Maxwell AFB

National Guard
Alabama Army National Guard
Alabama Air National Guard

 

Resources

http://www.retirementliving.com/taxes-alabama-iowa#ALABAMA

http://outdooralabama.com/licenses/ALLicenses/
http://www2.va.gov/directory/guide/home.asp?isFlash=1

http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx

http://ngaal.org/insurance/

http://revenue.alabama.gov/motorvehicle/militaryview.cfm

http://www.al.ngb.army.mil/

http://www.dol.gov/elaws/vets/realifelines/stateinfo.htm?state=AL

http://mic3.net/pages/contact/Map/alabama.aspx

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Document Review Date: 25 March 2014