State / Territory Benefits - Alaska
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Summary: Alaska offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans. These benefits include the Permanent Dividend Fund (PFD), Military Credit toward State Retirement, Property Tax Exemptions, State Employment Preferences, Education and Tuition Assistance, Veterans Land Discount/Purchase Preference, Vehicle Tags, as well as Hunting and Fishing License privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component and Veteran disability status.
State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility
State Tax Advantage: Alaska has no state income tax and no state sales tax in most locations. However, 62 municipalities impose a sales tax that can range up to 7.5%. Typical sales tax rates are from 2% - 5%.
Retirement Income: Retirement Income is not taxed by the State of Alaska.
Property Tax Exemptions: Real property owned and occupied as the primary residence and permanent place of abode by a qualified disabled Veteran whose disability was incurred or aggravated in the line of duty and whose disability has been rated as 50 percent or more by the military service or the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, is exempt from taxation on the first $150,000.00 of assessed valuation. The exemption transfers to a Spouse if the Veteran passes away and the Spouse is at least 60 years of age
Alaska Tuition Assistance: The Alaska Adjutant General may authorize payment of up to 100 percent of the cost of tuition and required fees at an Alaska educational, vocational or technical training school.
Eligibility: Alaska National Guard or Alaska Naval Militia member that participates satisfactorily in unit training activities and is a student in "good standing" (enrolled, attending and meeting the minimum success requirements for completion of the program or class) [Alaska Code Sec. 26.05.296]
Free Tuition for Spouses or Dependents: Waiver of undergraduate tuition and fees at a state supported educational institution physically located within Alaska.
Eligibility: The Spouse or dependent of an armed services member who died in the line of duty or who died as a result of injuries sustained while in the line of duty or who was listed by the Department of Defense as a Prisoner of War or Missing in Action. Students must be in and maintain good standing within a state supported educational facility in Alaska.
Resident Tuition Eligibility: is available at any University of Alaska System school for active-duty military personnel or members of the National Guard, or their Spouses or dependent children.
Eligibility: United States Veterans eligible for a VA education benefit or their Spouse or dependent children are also eligible for resident tuition. Qualifying students must move to and remain domiciled in the State of Alaska during their course of study.
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
Marcy Herman, Legislative Liaison
P.O. Box 110500 Juneau, AK 99811-0500
Military Credit toward State Retirement:
--Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) credit: Qualified individuals may be eligible to receive up to five years of PERS credit for active military service.
Eligibility: Honorably discharged Service members of the U.S, Armed Forces that are vested in the PERS; surviving Spouses of Service members may also be eligible. Members first hired under the PERS after 30 June 1986 that retired from regular service and are eligible for a federal benefit for the same military service are NOT eligible. Retired National Guard and Reserve unit members may be eligible to claim active military service even though they are eligible for a federal benefit for the same military service.
--National Guard and Naval Militia Retirement System (NGNMRS): Upon separation from the Alaska National Guard or Naval Militia qualifying individuals may receive a small benefit payment.
Eligibility: 20 years of service in the Alaska National Guard, National Guard of any other state, Active military service, or Reserve military service combined; at least five years must have been satisfactory service in the Alaska National Guard unless discharge was involuntary and for reasons other than misconduct. Information can be obtained from the administrative section of the Alaska National Guard
State Employment Hiring Preference:
--Veterans and Former Prisoners of War: Veterans are eligible for a state employment hiring preference. In a numerical rating system, Veterans will receive points equal to five percent of the total points available from the assessment device(s) added to their score; for disabled Veterans or former prisoners of war, points equal to 10 percent of the total points available from the assessment device(s) will be awarded. If numerical ratings are NOT used, a Veteran will be given consideration and a disabled Veteran or prisoner of war will be given an opportunity to interview.
Eligibility: An honorably discharged Veteran with 181 days or more of active service in the armed forces of the United States with service, 1) between 27 June 1950 and 14 October 1976 or, 2) for which a campaign badge, expedition medal, Purple Heart, award or decoration for heroism or gallantry in action was awarded or, 3) of 181 days or more in the Alaska Territorial Guard; disabled Veteran entitled to compensation by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, honorably discharged or released from active duty due to a service-connected disability or disabled in the line of duty while serving in the Alaska Territorial Guard; prisoner of war [Alaska Code 39.25.159]
--Alaska National Guard: Members of the Alaska National Guard are eligible for a state employment hiring preference. In a numerical rating system, National Guard members will receive points equal to five percent of the total points available from the assessment device(s) added to their score. If numerical ratings are NOT used, National Guard members will be given consideration (entire application will be reviewed).
Eligibility: A presently serving member of the Alaska National Guard with at least eight years of service in the Alaska National Guard [Alaska Code 39.25.159]
Application and job market information can be found at: http://www.jobs.state.ak.us/veterans/index.html
Employment Assistance: State employee receives 16.5 days paid military leave per year.
Eligibility: National Guard and Reserve member
Veterans Employment Services: The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development has 21 Job Centers across the state. The Anchorage (Midtown and Muldoon), Fairbanks, and Wasilla Job Centers have on-site Veteran Representatives; however, all Job Centers provide priority services to qualified Veterans and their eligible Spouse. Services include:
- Priority Job Referral
- Career Counseling
- Career Assessment
- Employment Assessment
- Job Development
- Labor Market Information
- Job Search Workshops
- Special Programs
- Referral to Educational Services
- Resume Assistance
- Education Assessment
Unemployment Insurance: Alaska's Unemployment Insurance (UI) Program is dedicated to providing unemployed workers fast and accurate payment of UI benefits. With the seasonal nature of much of the state's workforce and Alaska's vast remoteness, unemployment insurance benefits serve not only to bridge the economic gap for the individual worker, but also as a stabilizing influence on local economies.
Filing for benefits online is now the fastest and easiest way to file for benefits.
What information do I need to apply?
- Your Social Security Number
- If you are not a U.S. citizen, you will need your alien registration number and work permit type or other documentation that authorizes your employment in the United States
- Name, mailing address and phone number of your last employer and the location where you reported to work
- Dates of your last employment, first and last day worked
- Earnings you made in the last week of your employment
- Other deductible income received in the last week of employment; such as vacation, severance or bonus pay.
- Federal employees are required to mail or fax copies of standard form SF8 and SF50, and when possible a Leave and Earnings Statement (LES)
- Ex-military personnel are required to mail or fax a copy of the DD214 member 4
Ex-military personnel can obtain these documents at http://archives.gov/veterans/
Ex-personnel of the Department of Defense can obtain records at http://www.dfas.mil/
When is my new claim effective? All new claims are effective the Sunday of the week in which you filed your new claim for UI benefits.
Special Vehicle License Plates
To honor those who have served or are serving with the United States Armed Forces, Alaska offers special license plates for no charge to those qualifying for Prisoner of War (POW), Pearl Harbor Survivor, Purple Heart or Gold Star Family. There is a $30 per plate fee charged at initial application or replacement for Veteran plates and National Guard plates.
Veteran Plate: License plate with specified branch of military service with the word 'Veteran'; or a Unit Designator Personalized Veteran Plate with approved military unit organizations insignia. Fee is $30.
Eligibility: Proof that Veteran has served or is currently serving with a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces. Acceptable proof includes DD Form 214, a letter of Verification from the VA, Military ID card or other comparable proof of service.
National Guard Distinctive Plate: National Guard members are eligible for distinctive plates for a fee of $30. Members must solely or jointly own the vehicle that displays the plates.
Eligibility: Active Member of Alaska National Guard with proof of service (NG ID card). The plates may only be issued to a motor vehicle owned solely or jointly by the active member of the National Guard.
Purple Heart Plate: Recipients of the Purple Heart Award are entitled to one set of plates for use on a motor vehicle. There is no fee for the plate.
Eligibility: Applicants must prove receipt of the Purple Heart Award by providing to DMV official documentation such as DD 214 or a copy of the orders awarding the medal.
Pearl Harbor Plate: No charge for Veteran who participated in Pearl Harbor.
Eligibility: Proof of participation in Pearl Harbor.
Gold Star Family Plate: Gold Star plates are eligible to the Spouse, parent, guardian, sibling or dependent of a member of the U.S. Armed Forces killed in the line of duty. There is no fee for the plate.
Eligibility: Applicant must submit a Report of Casualty (DD Form 1300) to be eligible. If the applicant is not listed on the Form 1300, further proof must be submitted to connect the applicant to the fallen Service member.
Ex-Prisoner of War: Each eligible applicant may obtain one set of POW plates, free of charge, for display on a non-commercial vehicle.
Eligibility: Applicants must provide written verification from the United States Department of Veteran's Affairs that they were POWs.
Disabled Veteran With Parking Privileges Free Disabled Veteran Parking Permit and Disabled Veteran plates with the wheelchair logo with proof of a service related disability and documentation of a mobility impairment
Eligibility: Applicant must provide an Application for Disabled Parking completed by their Alaska licensed physician plus a certificate issued by an agency of the U.S. federal government, such as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, proving a service related disability.
Disabled Veteran Without Parking Privileges: Free Disabled Veteran plates without the wheelchair logo to those with a service related disability that don't meet the criteria for parking privileges
Eligibility: Applicant must provide certification from the U.S. government that they have a 50% or greater service related disability
Disabled Veteran Vehicle Registration: A disabled Veteran that qualifies for disabled Veteran plates can register one vehicle with special plates free of Motor Vehicle Registration Taxes or registration fees. Subsequent plates are available with payment of full fees.
Medical Benefits: Full medical
Eligibility: National Guard Service member in line-of-duty on State Active Duty
Injury: Full Worker's Compensation
Eligibility: National Guard State Active Duty
Death Gratuity: The surviving Spouse of a qualified Veteran, upon application, will receive a death gratuity in the amount of $750.00 from the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. If there is no surviving Spouse the gratuity will be paid to the personal representative of the Veteran.
Eligibility: Veteran who was a resident of the state of Alaska at the time of death and, 1)burial occurred in Alaska on or after 13 May 1984; 2) death occurred on or after 19 September 1990; 3) received an honorable discharge or general discharge under honorable conditions; 4) was a resident of Alaska for at least one year prior to entry into the military service, and returned to the state as a resident within one year after retiring from military service with the intention of remaining, OR was a resident for at least one year prior to death; 5) served in the Alaska Territorial Guard, Alaska Army or Air National Guard, Alaska Naval Militia, a Reserve unit of the U.S. Armed Forces in Alaska (if the Reserve unit required a minimum of one weekend of duty per month and 15 consecutive days of active duty training each year for at least three years).
Hunting and Fishing Privileges:
--Active duty military; Alaska National Guard and Alaska Military Reserves: Once military residency requirements, of being stationed in the state for at least 12 consecutive months, are met, active duty military may purchase licenses at the resident rate. Nonresident military license rates must be paid when stationed in Alaska for less than 12 months before date applying for license.
--Resident Disabled Veteran: Resident hunting and sport fishing licenses are available at no charge.
Eligibility: Veteran must meet the residency definitions, be honorably discharged from military service, eligible for a loan under AS 18.56.101, and certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as having a 50 percent or greater service-connected disability. Or, Veteran must have served in the Alaska Territorial Guard, be eligible for a loan under AS 18.56.101 and incurred a 50% or greater disability while serving in the Alaska Territorial Guard. Click here for Application.
State Veteran Loans: The Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) administers the Veterans Mortgage Program that offers financing for qualified Veterans at lower interest rates.
Eligibility: Qualified Veterans may be retired or active duty personnel. A Veteran must apply to AHFC within 25 years of his/her date of discharge from "active duty service."(Active duty service is full-time duty, other than for training.) Active duty service in the Armed Forces, US Public Health Service, NOAA or service as a cadet at the US Military, Air Force, Coast Guard, or Naval Academy may qualify.
Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD): Offered to State of Alaska residents. The amount of the 2014 dividend is $1,884 per person.
Eligibility: A resident of the State of Alaska for the entire calendar year preceding the date you apply for the dividend and intend to remain an Alaska resident indefinitely at the time you apply.
Recording Veterans Report of Separation Form: A Veteran may record, without fee, the original or a certified copy of his or her Armed Forces Report of Separation (DD-214 Form, NGB Form 22 or DA Form 1569) at any State Recorder's office of the Department of Natural Resources.
Eligibility: Military Veteran
Veterans Land Discount/Purchase Preference: The Veterans Land Discount program allows certain Veterans up to a 25% discount on the purchase price of state residential/recreational land. The discount may be used only once during the Veteran's lifetime and may not be used in conjunction with the Veterans preference. Under the Veterans Land Sale Preference, before offering to the general public any unoccupied residential land by auction, a Veteran has the exclusive opportunity to purchase the land at a restricted sale at fair appraised market value. Parcels that are offered under this preference must be five acres or less, classified as settlement land and zoned for residential use only.
Eligibility: Military Veteran
Disabled Veteran's State Camping Pass: An eligible Disabled Alaskan Veterans (DAV) has the right to receive one Alaska State Park Camping Pass free of charge. The DAV Camping Pass, which is valid in all developed Alaska State Park campgrounds, is good for two years.
Eligibility: To receive a free DAV camping pass, an eligible disabled Veteran must present proof of a service connected disability and Alaska residency at either the Anchorage or Fairbanks DNR Public Information Centers. Proof of residency can be in the form of an Alaskan Driver's License, Alaska Sport Fishing License, Alaska Voter's Registration Card, or other documentation suitable to the department that proves Alaska residency. Evidence of service connected disability can be provided by presenting
- a Veteran's Administration Patient Data Card (red, white, and blue) imprinted with "service connected disability" under the photo identification, or
- a current year letter from the US Department of Veterans Affairs, which states the person has a service-connected disability and is signed by the Veteran Service Officer.
Alaska Marine Highway Pass: A one-year pass on the ferries of the Alaska Marine Highway is available for disabled Veterans. This pass entitles the disabled passenger and an attendant (if required by a physician) to travel at 50% of the regular passenger fare, between Alaska ports only, on all vessels, year-round. For more information, visit the Alaska Marine Highway System website.
Eligibility: Veterans who have a service-related disability.
Alaska Railroad Discount: The Alaska Railroad offers a 20% discount to Veterans, active duty and dependents. ID showing proof of status must be shown at boarding.
High School Diplomas for World War II Veterans: Operation Recognition, a nation-wide effort, recognizes that many World War II Veterans went off to war and never returned to high school to receive a diploma. In Alaska, the Department of Education and Early Development may award diplomas to World War II vets living in Alaska, including Alaska Territorial Guard members, who served during the period of 7 August 1940 to 25 July 1947 and were honorably discharged or died in active service or were released from active duty because of a service-related disability. A Family member may apply on behalf of a Veteran who is deceased or incapacitated.
Alaska Veterans Memorial Museum: The Alaska Veterans Memorial Museum in Anchorage focuses on honoring our nation's Veterans for the sacrifices they made to defend America's freedom, "They Shall Not Be Forgotten ".
Alaska Veterans & Pioneers Homes: The Alaska Veterans and Pioneers Home in Palmer strives to assist older Alaskans to have the highest quality of life by providing assisted living in a safe home setting which promotes independence, positive relationships, meaningful activities and physical, emotional and spiritual growth. Seventy-five percent of the 79 beds in the home are designated for Veterans. Qualifying Veterans are eligible for a per diem from the VA to help offset costs of their care.
The home may provide the following services, depending on health status and need:
- Private or semi-private rooms
- Opportunities for recreation
- Meals & housekeeping services
- Emergency assistance
- Physical activities
- Assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs)
- Nursing assessment and intermittent health services depending upon level of care
- Payment assistance for those who qualify
- Pharmacy services
Eligibility: Honorably separated Veterans, 65 or older who require assisted living care are eligible for admission. Veteran must have resided in Alaska for 1 year or more prior to application. Admission forms.
Governor's Advocacy Award: The Governor of Alaska's Veterans Advocacy Award recipient(s) are announced annually on Veterans Day. Any individual or organization may nominate a person. Nominees must be an Alaskan resident, but need not be a Veteran, and must have engaged in unpaid, voluntary Veteran's activities within the State. The nominee should have demonstrated one or more of the following to Veterans, Veterans' issues, or Veterans' organizations:
- A significant service to Veterans and their Families
- An extraordinary personal concern, compassion, and commitment
- Veterans organization activity, positions held, and lengthy service
- Formation or participation in a new, innovative or creative volunteer program, event, or project
Nominations must include:
- Nominee: Name, Occupation, Address, and Phone Number on the top of the narrative summary.
- Nominator: Name, Address, Telephone Number, Email, Organization, and Signature on the bottom of the narrative.
- Narrative: Please attach a brief (no more than two-page double spaced) narrative summary of your nominee's efforts and accomplishments for Veterans.
Alaska Air National Guard
United States Army Reserve (USAR)
Veterans Health Administration
VA Health Care System
Anchorage: Alaska VA Healthcare System, 1201 North Muldoon Rd, 907-257-4700 / 888-353-7574
Juneau: Juneau VA Outreach Clinic, 709 West 9th St, Suite 150, 907-896-4300 / Fax: 907-796-4301
Community Based Outpatient Clinic
Fort Wainwright: Fairbanks VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic, Bldg 4076, Neeley Rd, Rm 1J-101, 907-361-6370 / Fax: 907-353-6372
Kenai: Kenai VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 11312 Kenai Spur Highway, #39, 907-395-4100 / Fax: 907-283-4236
Wasilla: Mat-Su VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 865 N. Seward Meridian Parkway, Suite 105, 907-631-3100 / Fax: 907-631-3101
Vet Center - 877-927-8387
Anchorage: Anchorage Vet Center, 4400 Business Park Blvd, Suite B-34, 907-563-6966 / Fax: 907-561-7183
Fairbanks: Fairbanks Vet Center, 540 4th Ave, Suite 100, 907-456-4238 / Fax: 907-456-0475
Soldotna: Kenai Vet Center Outstation, 43299 Kalifornsky Beach Rd, Suite 4, 907-260-7640 / Fax: 907-260-7642
Wasilla: Wasilla Vet Center, 851 E. West Point Dr, Suite 102, 907-376-4318 / Fax: 907-373-1883
Veterans Benefits Administration
Anchorage: Anchorage Regional Office, 1201 North Muldoon Rd, 800-827-1000
Anchorage: Eielson Air Force Base
Anchorage: Elmendorf Air Force Base
Anchorage: Fort Richardson
Anchorage: Fort Wainwright
Anchorage: Ketchika Coast Guard
Anchorage: Kodiak Coast Guard
Anchorage: Sitka Coast Guard
National Cemetery Administration
Fort Richardson: Fort Richardson National Cemetery, Bldg 58-512 Davis Hwy, 907-384-7075 / Fax: 907-384-7111
Sitka: Sitka National Cemetery, 803 Sawmill Creek Rd, 907-384-7075 / Fax: 907-384-7111
Alaska Department of Military & Veterans Affairs
4600 DeBarr Rd., Suite 180
Anchorage AK 99508
Phone: 907-334-0874 / 888-248-3682
TAA: Debra French
State TAA: Mirta Adams
State Director: Verdie Bowen
Document Review Date: 18 November 2014