State / Territory Benefits - Hawaii
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Health Insurance Benefits
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Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Facilities
Summary: Hawaii offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including State Tax Advantage, Property Tax Exemptions, Hawaii National Guard Tuition Scholarship Program, Vehicle License Plates, Tax exemption on passenger cars, Preference in State and County Classified Employment, as well as State Veterans Cemetery benefits. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component, and Veteran disability status.
State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility
State Tax Advantage: None
Federal Tax Advantage: None
Retired Military Pay: Not taxed.
Military Disability Retired Pay: Retirees who entered the military before September 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: Not subject to federal or state taxes.
Military SBP/ RCSBP/RSFPP: Generally subject to state taxes for those states with income tax. Check with state department of revenue office.
Personal Property Tax: Hawaii does not have a personal property tax.
Property Tax Exemptions: Applies to real property that is owned and occupied as a home and passenger cars when they are owned by totally disabled Veterans and subsidized by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Eligibility: Owned by a totally disabled Veteran or their Widow(er).
Hawaii National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program: The Hawaii National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program provides 100% coverage to community colleges and 50% coverage to four-year colleges.
Eligibility: The adjutant general, subject to the availability of funds, may award tuition assistance to qualified enlisted persons, warrant officers, and company grade officers (0-1 through 0-3) in the Hawaii National Guard.
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:
Cherise Imai, Military Liaison Hawaii Department of Education
Address: P.O Box 2360, Honolulu, HI 96804
Kathleen F. Berg Brig Gen (Ret), Hawaii State Commissioner
Address: University of Hawaii - CRDG
1776 University Ave, CMH 117, Honolulu, HI 96822
Employment Assistance: State and city employees receive 15 days military leave per year. Additional 15 days for civil relief on State Active Duty.
Eligibility: State and city employee on orders for Unit Training or Active Duty.
Re-employment rights: Hawaii enforces re-employment rights for State or County government employees.
Eligibility: Veterans, Reservists, or National Guard members who leave a position for training or active military service.
Preference in State Classified Employment: Preference is given to Veterans, Vietnam-era Veterans, for civil service positions, training programs, job counseling, and referrals to civilian jobs by the Workforce Development Division, Department of Labor & Industrial Relations.
Eligibility: Service-connected, disabled Veterans and their Widow(er).
Unemployment Insurance: Unemployment Insurance (UI) is a state-operated program that provides temporary financial assistance to qualified workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own and meet the legal requirements of the law. Benefits are based on your past employment and attachment to the labor market rather than on your financial situation. Employers pay all costs of UI through a tax on their payrolls or on a reimbursable basis. As a worker, you do not pay any part of your wages to finance unemployment benefits or the unemployment insurance program.
To file a New, Additional, or Reopen Claim:
Call 643-5555 from anywhere in Hawaii
or toll-free 1-877-215-5793 outside the State of Hawaii
To apply online, go to uiclaims.hawaii.gov. You must file between the hours of 6:30 am to 11:00 pm, Monday to Friday or between 9:00 am to 11:00 pm on weekends and holidays (Hawaii Standard Time). When filing online, you must print your confirmation page at the end and follow all instructions provided to you on the website after your application has been completed. You must also download and submit applicable forms as required, and read the information in the handbook
Registration Exemption: Members of the United States Armed Forces on active duty stationed at a military installation in Hawaii and who are residents of another state are exempt from payment of Hawaii's motor vehicle registration fees. Individuals who are members of a reserve component on temporary active duty do not qualify for this exemption. If you qualify and want to be exempt from the tax, you must submit a completed Non-Resident Certificate Form MVR/DF10. A completed form is required each time you are applying for the following:
- Renewal of a Hawaii registration.
- Hawaii registration of a vehicle previously registered in another state or county.
- Hawaii registration of a newly purchased vehicle, and
- For transfer of ownership of a previously Hawaii registered vehicle.
Should you leave active duty, change your residency to Hawaii or are stationed out of the state of Hawaii but your vehicle remains in Hawaii, you are no longer exempt from Hawaii's motor vehicle weight tax. To avoid a penalty for delinquent registration, you must re-register your vehicle within 30 days of the effective date of your change in status.
Special Vehicle License Plates: For the same cost as regular license plates, qualified Veterans can acquire distinctive Veterans' license plates for their car or motorcycle. Currently available are: "Veteran," "Combat Veteran," "Combat Wounded," "Pearl Harbor Survivor," "Purple Heart," "Former POW," "World War II Veteran" "Korean War Veteran," "Vietnam Veteran," and "Persian Gulf Veteran." An application for Specialty License Plates must be submitted to obtain these plates.
Medical Benefits: Workers Compensation equivalent to State employees.
Eligibility: National Guard Service member's injury or illness occurs in Line of Duty (LOD).
Group Insurance: Hawaii Department of Defense Employee Association offers group life insurance for National Guard members, Families, and employees; HNGA offers Guard members and Families a group policy.
Eligibility: Member of Army/Air National Guard.
Workers Compensation: Workers Compensation equivalent to that of State employees.
Eligibility: Injury occurs while serving on State Active Duty.
Injury/Death Benefits: Workers Compensation equivalent to State employees less any VA payments received.
Eligibility: National Guard Service member's injury/Death occurs while serving on State Active Duty.
Hunting Licenses: Active duty military personnel and their dependents stationed in Hawaii are considered to be residents for the purposes of obtaining a hunting license.
Vital Statistics: Free certified copies of vital statistics forms when needed for Veterans' claims.
Eligibility: When the Veteran documents are to be used in determining their eligibility to participate in benefits made available by their federal agency.
Special Housing for Disabled Veterans: Payment by the State of up to $5,000 for the purpose of purchasing or remodeling a home to improve handicapped accessibility.
Eligibility: Totally disabled Veteran.
State Veterans Cemetery: Burial in one of the Hawaii State Veterans Cemeteries (HSVC) located on Oahu, Hawaii, Kauai, Maui, Molokai, or Lanai is an honor reserved for Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and their eligible dependents. Family members utilize a one grave concept with interments at 4', 6', 8', and 10' depths. Cremations may be placed in a niche in the columbarium wall or inurned in a ground plot. HSVC will provide a gravesite, marker, perpetual care of the gravesite, and will open and close the grave. The Veteran's Family must pay for mortuary services provided by funeral directors and other related costs, usually including transportation of remains. There is a standard plot or interment allowance fee of $700 for each interment payable to State of Hawaii, Department of Defense. The Department of Veterans Affairs will pay the plot or interment allowance fee ($700) for wartime and peacetime Veterans. Families are responsible to pay the plot allowance fee ($700) for active duty, and dependents. When both spouses are veterans, two gravesites and two headstones may be provided, if requested.
Eligibility: This cemetery is for Veterans, their Spouses, and minor Children who are under 21 years of age or under 23 years of age if pursuing a course of instruction at an approved educational institution. Unmarried adult children who are physically or mentally disabled and incapable of self-support before reaching the age of 21 years also are eligible for burial.
Veterans Health Administration
VA Medical Center
Honolulu: VA Pacific Islands Health Care System, 459 Patterson Rd, 808-433-0600 / 800-214-1306
Honolulu: National Center for PTSD - Pacific Islands Division, 3375 Koapaka St, Suite I-560, 808-566-1546 / 1547, Fax: 808-566-1885
Kaunakakai: VA Molokai Outreach Clinic, Molokai General Hospital, 280 HomeOlu Pl, 808-553-3191
Lanai City: VA Lanai Outreach Clinic, 628-B Seventh St, 808-565-6423
Community Based Outpatient Clinic
Ewa Beach: VA Leeward Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 91-2135 Fort Weaver Rd, 800-214-1306
Hilo: VA Hilo Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 1285 Waianuenue Ave, Suite 211, 808-935-3781
Kahului: VA Maui Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 203 Ho'ohana St, Suite 303, 808-871-2454
Kailua-Kona: VA Kona Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 35-377 Hualalai Rd, 808-329-0774
Lihue: VA Kauai Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 4485 Pahe'e St, Suite 150, 808-246-0497 / Fax: 808-246-9349
Vet Center - 877-927-8387
Hilo: Hilo Vet Center, 70 Lanihuli St, Suite 102, 808-969-3833 / Fax: 808-969-2025
Honolulu: Honolulu Vet Center, 1680 Kapiolani Blvd, Suite F-3, 808-973-8387 / Fax: 808-973-5295
Kailua-Kona: Kailua-Kona Vet Center, Hale Kui Plaza, Suite 207, 73-4976 Kamanu St, 808-329-0574
Kapolei: Western Oahu Vet Center, 885 Kamokila Blvd, Unit 105 (10 RCS/4B-0621), 808-674-2414
Lihue: Kauai Vet Center, 3-3367 Kuhio Hwy, Suite 101, 808-246-1163 / Fax: 808-246-4625
Wailuku: Maui Vet Center, 35 Lunalilo St, Suite 101, 808-242-8557 / Fax: 808-242-8559
Veterans Benefits Administration
Honolulu: Honolulu Regional Office, 459 Patterson Rd, E-Wing, Rm 2A100C, 800-827-1000, Fax: 808-433-0478
Intake Site (Pre-Discharge Claims Assistance)
Honolulu: Camp Smith, Department of Veterans Affairs, 459 Patterson Rd 1st floor (E-Wing)
Honolulu: Fort Shafter, Department of Veterans Affairs, 459 Patterson Rd 1st floor (E-Wing)
Honolulu: Hickam Air Force Base, Department of Veterans Affairs, 459 Patterson Rd 1st floor (E-Wing)
Honolulu: Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Department of Veterans Affairs, 459 Patterson Rd 1st floor (E-Wing)
Honolulu: Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Department of Veterans Affairs, 459 Patterson Rd 1st floor (E-Wing)
Honolulu: Sand Island Coast Guard, Department of Veterans Affairs, 459 Patterson Rd 1st floor (E-Wing)
Honolulu: Schofield Barracks, Department of Veterans Affairs, 459 Patterson Rd 1st floor (E-Wing)
Honolulu: Tripler Army Medical Center (First Floor/E-Wing), Department of Veterans Affairs, 459 Patterson Rd 1st floor (E-Wing)
Regional Loan Center
Honolulu: Honolulu Regional Loan Center, 459 Patterson Road, E Wing, Rm 2A100C
National Cemetery Administration
Honolulu: National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, 2177 Puowaina Dr, 808-532-3720 / Fax: 808-532-3756
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam: https://www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrh/installations/jb_pearl_harbor_hickam.html
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam: https://www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrh/installations/jb_pearl_harbor_hickam.html
Marine Corps Base Hawaii: http://www.mcbhawaii.marines.mil/
Document Review Date: 12 September 2014