State / Territory Benefits - Idaho

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Summary: Idaho offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including Compensation for State Active Duty, Idaho National Guard Tuition Scholarship Program, State Park Passes, Vehicle License Plates, 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 Taxes
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State Tax Advantage:

When stationed outside the State of Idaho, active duty military are exempt from Idaho state income tax. The full-time duty must be continuous and uninterrupted for 120 consecutive days or more.

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Retired Military Pay: Retirement benefits paid by the United States to a retired member of the U.S. Military or the un-remarried Widow of such member if the recipient is age 65 or older, or disabled and age 62 or older are deductible. The amount deducted must be reduced by retirement benefits paid under the Federal Social Security Act and the Federal Railroad Retirement Act. See the Individual Income Tax Instructions for the maximum amount that can be deducted for a particular year.

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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: VA disability Income is not taxed.

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Military SBP/ RCSBP/RSFPP: Generally subject to state taxes for those states with income tax. Check with state department of revenue office.

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Military Spouses Residency Relief Act: The earned income of qualifying Spouses of Idaho Service members is no longer subject to Idaho income tax due to the federal Military Spouses Residency Relief Act (SR 475, HR 1182) passed in November of 2009.

  • You are married to a Service member who is serving in Idaho and has registered in the military with another state as a home of record; and
  • You have located to Idaho with the Service member and you have the same domicile (permanent residence) as the Service member's home of record.

How to claim the exemption from Idaho income taxes:

  • If you qualify for the Service member's Spouse income tax exemption, you can claim an exemption on your wages from Idaho withholding by filling out Form ID-MS1, Employee's Idaho Military Spouse Withholding Exemption Certificate, and giving it to your employer.
  • Your employer will keep a copy and send a copy to the Tax Commission.
  • You'll need to complete a new form each year you qualify.

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Property Tax Reduction (Circuit Breaker) Program: The Property Tax Reduction (Circuit Breaker) Program reduces property taxes for qualified applicants. The amount of the reduction is based on income from the previous calendar year.

If you qualify, the property taxes on your home and up to one acre of land may be reduced by as much as $1,320.
Eligibility: You may qualify for a property tax reduction in 2017 if you meet the following requirements.

  1. Owned and lived in a home or mobile home in Idaho that was your primary residence before April 15, 2017 (You may qualify if you lived in a care facility or nursing home. Contact your county assessor for information.),  and
  2. Had income of $29,640 or less for 2016, and
  3. Met one or more of the following status requirements as of January 1, 2017: 
    • Age 65 or older
    • Widow(er)
    • Blind
    • Fatherless or motherless Child under 18 years of age
    • Former prisoner of war/hostage
    • Veteran with at least 10% service connected disability, or receiving VA pension for a nonservice-connected disability.
    • Disabled as recognized by the Social Security Administration, Railroad Retirement Board, or Federal Civil Service.  You may still qualify if your disability application is being processed or appealed.

Applications are available from your county assessor. You must apply each year between January 1 and April 18, 2017.

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Property Tax Deferral Program: The Property Tax Deferral Program offers individuals a way to defer property taxes on their home and up to one acre of land.  The taxes and interest must eventually be repaid to the state of Idaho.
Eligibility: You qualify for property tax deferral if you meet the following requirements:

  • Owned and lived in a home or mobile home in Idaho that was your primary residence before April 15, 2017, and it:
    • Isn't subject to a trust, life estate, or other interest
    • Doesn't have a reverse mortgage or home equity line of credit
  • Met one or more of the following status requirements as of January 1, 2017:
    • Age 65 or older
    • Widow(er)
    • Blind
    • Fatherless or motherless Child under 18 years of age
    • Former Prisoner of War (POW)/hostage
    • Veteran with a 10% or more service connected disability or receiving a pension from Veteran's Affairs (VA) for a non-service connected disability
    • Disabled as recognized by the Social Security Administration, Railroad Retirement Board, or Federal Civil Service
    • Had combined income of $43,503 or less for 2016.

When you complete your application, include income reported to you and your Spouse in 2016. You must apply for your 2017 property tax deferral between January 1 and April 18, 2017.

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Education Benefits:

Operation Education Scholarship Program: The Operation Education Scholarship Program is designed to financially assist severely injured U.S. military personnel and/or their Spouses with continuing education. The program will provide needed resources and support to empower returning Veterans and/or their Spouses to pursue a degree program at the University of Idaho.
Eligibility:

  • Honorably separated U.S. military Veteran from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Reserves or National Guard.
  • Has a service-connected injury caused or aggravated by military service after September 11, 2001; as a result of that injury, has a documented disability that severely impacts function of one or more major life activities.
  • Meets the requirements for admission to the University of Idaho as a degree-seeking student.
  • Enrolls as a full-time undergraduate, graduate or law student at the University of Idaho. (Note: The scholarship committee may make an exception for part-time enrollment should the disability and other circumstances, in the committee's judgment, preclude full-time enrollment.)
  • The Spouse of a Veteran who meets requirements 1 and 2 may be eligible; the Spouse also must meet requirements 3 and 4. In partnership, a Veteran and Spouse may both be eligible to receive funding and other services provided by the program as each pursues an Idaho degree.
  • Priority will be given to Idaho residents (as defined by the University of Idaho Catalog) and to those Veterans whose injury and resulting disability are the result of action in a combat zone.

Veterans' Spouses may apply jointly or individually for the Operation Education Scholarship.

Applicants may apply for the Operation Education scholarship at any time - however, it is recommended that for attendance during the Fall semester, applications should be in by March 1 and for Spring semester, applications should be in by October 1. Applications received after these dates may be considered contingent upon available funds.

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Instate Tuition: Any independent student, Spouse, or parent/guardian of a dependent student who meets one of the following criteria. Armed Forces includes U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and the reserve forces of those groups; it does not include related civilian employees.

  • Member of Armed Forces who entered service as an Idaho resident, has maintained Idaho resident status, but is stationed outside of Idaho on military orders.
  • Member of Armed Forces stationed in Idaho on military orders.
  • Officer or enlisted member of the Idaho National Guard.
  • Member who has separated under honorable conditions after at least 2 years of service and enters an Idaho public institution within 1 year of separation date:
    • Who at the time of separation designated Idaho as intended domicile or
    • Who listed Idaho as home of record in service or
    • Who moves to Idaho for purpose of establishing domicile; provided, however, to maintain status as a resident student, must actively establish domicile within 1 year of registration at an Idaho public institution.

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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:
Pete Koehler
Chief Deputy State Superintendent, Idaho Department of Education
650 West State Street, Boise, Idaho 83720-0027
Email: pkoehler@sde.idaho.gov 
Phone:  208-332-6814

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Unemployment Compensation:

Unemployment Insurance: Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits replace part of the income you lose when you become unemployed. It is a benefit available to workers who are out of work through no fault of their own. This means to be eligible, you must have been laid off due to lack of work, voluntarily quit with good cause connected with employment or were discharged but not for misconduct. UI benefits are funded through a tax on employers, which is collected by the Idaho Department of Labor and placed in a federal trust fund. Money from that fund can be used for unemployment benefits and for no other purpose.

Local offices no longer process or resolve unemployment insurance claims. Unemployment insurance claims must be filed online and all questions are answered and resolved by a claim specialist at (208) 332-8942.

To file an Unemployment Insurance claim you will need the following information:

  • Your Social Security number
  • Driver's license number or State Identification number
  • Alien Registration number and card (If you are not a citizen of the United States) Work History details for each employer with whom you worked during the past two years, including:
    • Business Name
    • Business address (physical work site and corporate office address, if different)

    • Business phone number

    • Employment start and end dates

    • Gross earnings total before deductions

    • Reason for separation from employment

    • DD Form 214, Member 4, Certification of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (if you performed active military service, including National Guard and Reserve, for at least 90 days in the last two years

  • Pension or retirement details inclusing dates and amounts received, if any
  • Referral labor union membership information for a building or trades union who regularly refers you to full-time work, if any

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Employment Benefits:

Veterans Preference Points (State): Idaho Law provides Veterans preference points for individuals who have been in active service, other than active duty for training, of the United States as defined by Idaho Code, Title 65, Chapter 5, Section 502(6), & U.S.C Section 2108. Veterans preference points are also provided for individuals who have served on active duty in the armed services, have been discharged honorably, & who have a present service connected disability of 10% or more, or are a Purple Heart recipient. Veterans preference points are added to the final passing score & may improve a Veterans position on a list of qualified candidates. The preference points added are used only for initial appointment & not for promotions, transfers, or reassignments. Veterans preference requires public employers to provide additional consideration for eligible Veterans, but it does not guarantee the Veteran a job.
Eligibility: To be eligible for Veterans preference points you must have been discharged under honorable conditions. Veterans preference points are available on the initial hire only.

Preference Points
5 Points

  • Preference eligible Veterans discharged under honorable conditions, or the Widow or Widower of a preference eligible Veteran, as long as she or he remains unmarried, are eligible for five (5) preference points.

10 points

  • Disabled Veterans are defined as any individual who has served on active duty in the armed services at any time, who has been discharged under honorable conditions, & who has a present service connected disability of 10% or more or are Purple Heart recipients. They are eligible for 10 points that will be added to the earned rating & shall be placed on the register in accordance with their augmented rating. Widows or Widowers of any disabled Veteran or Purple Heart recipient honorably discharged may also claim the 10 points if he or she remains unmarried. Spouses of disabled Veterans may claim preference if the Veteran is unable to qualify for any public employment because of a service-connected disability.
  • 10 points with offer of interview: Disabled Veterans discharged under honorable conditions who served on active duty in the armed forces at any time & who have a service connected disability of 30% or more shall be offered an interview if they are one (1) of the top ten (10) qualified applicants. Widows or Widowers of any disabled Veteran may also claim the 10 points if he or she remains unmarried -- however they will not be guaranteed an interview if he or she is one (1) of the top ten (10) qualified applicants.

Preference Eligible Veterans

  • Served on active duty in the armed forces at any time, & separated under honorable conditions & has established the existence of a service-connected disability of 10% or more; OR
  • Are Purple Heart recipients; OR
  • Served on active duty at any time from December 7, 1941 & ending July 1, 1955; OR
  • Served on active duty for 180 consecutive days, any part of which occurred after January 31, 1955, & before October 15, 1976; OR
  • Served on active duty at any time from August 2, 1990, & ending on January 2, 1992; OR
  • Served on active duty for a period of more than 180 consecutive days, any part of which occurred during the period beginning on September 11, 2001, & ending when prescribed by Presidential proclamation or by law as the last date of Operation Iraqi Freedom; OR
  • Have been awarded an Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (AFEM), whether listed here or not**, is qualified for Veterans preference. Examples of some of the most common campaign medals are: Vietnam (Service Medal), El Salvador, Lebanon, Granada, Panama, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Southwest Asia (Persian Gulf), Somalia, & Haiti; OR if you are the Spouse of a disabled Veteran who is physically unable to perform any work; or the Widow(er) of a preference eligible or disabled Veteran; please refer to our Veterans preference form in your online application for more information.

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Veterans Hiring Preferences (Federal): By Federal law, Veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the United States Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over non-Veterans both in hiring into the Federal civil service and in retention during reduction in force. Veterans may be entitled to 5 or 10 points included in any scoring process for examination or interviews.

5-point Hiring Preference: Five points are added to the examination score or rating of a Veteran who served:

  • During a war; or
  • During the period April 28, 1952 through July 1, 1955; or
  • For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred after January 31, 1955, and before October 15, 1976; or
  • During the Gulf War from August 2, 1990, through January 2, 1992; or
  • For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred during the period beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on August 31, 2010, the last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom; or
  • In a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has been authorized. Any Armed Forces Expeditionary medal or campaign badge, including El Salvador, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Southwest Asia, Somalia, and Haiti, qualifies for preference.

10-point Compensable Disability (CP) Preference: Ten points are added to the examination score or rating of:

  • A Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of at least 10 percent but less than 30 percent.

10-Point 30 Percent Compensable Disability Preference (CPS): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of a Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.

10-Point Disability Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of:

  • A Veteran who served at any time and has a present service-connected disability or is receiving compensation, disability retirement benefits, or pension from the military or the Department of Veterans Affairs but does not qualify as a CP or CPS; or
  • A Veteran who received a Purple Heart.

10-Point Derived Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of Spouses, Widows, Widowers, or Mothers of Veterans as described below. This type of preference is usually referred to as "derived preference" because it is based on service of a Veteran who is not able to use the preference. Both a Mother and a Spouse (including Widow or Widower) may be entitled to preference on the basis of the same Veteran's service if they both meet the requirements. However, neither may receive preference if the Veteran is living and is qualified for Federal employment.

Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of the Spouse of a disabled Veteran who is disqualified for a Federal position along the general lines of his or her usual occupation because of a service-connected disability. Such a disqualification may be presumed when the Veteran is unemployed and

  • Is rated by appropriate military or Department of Veterans Affairs authorities to be 100 percent disabled and/or unemployable; or
  • Has retired, been separated, or resigned from a civil service position on the basis of a disability that is service-connected in origin; or
  • Has attempted to obtain a civil service position or other position along the lines of his or her usual occupation and has failed to qualify because of a service-connected disability.

Preference may be allowed in other circumstances but anything less than the above warrants a more careful analysis.

A campaign medal holder or Gulf War Veteran who originally enlisted after September 7, 1980, (or began active duty on or after October 14, 1982, and has not previously completed 24 months of continuous active duty) must have served continuously for 24 months or the full period called or ordered to active duty. The 24-month service requirement does not apply to 10-point preference eligible Veterans separated for disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, or to Veterans separated for hardship or other reasons under 10 U.S.C. 1171 or 1173.

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Professional License: All persons holding occupational or professional licenses issued by the State of Idaho and who are serving in the armed forces of the United States, shall be exempt from the payment of any professional or occupational license or renewal fee required by any law of this state for the period during which such persons shall be engaged in the military services of the United States. And during such period of military service, or service in the auxiliary branches thereof, or servitude and for six (6) months following the discharge from such military service or auxiliary service or servitude in the present war, such license shall remain in good standing without the necessity of renewal and during said period the same shall not be cancelled, suspended or revoked.
Eligibility: Service members in possession of an occupational or professional license issued by the State of Idaho on active duty and the six months following discharge.

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Leave for Military Duty: All officers and employees of the state of Idaho who shall be members of the national guard or who shall be reservists in the armed forces of the United States, shall be entitled each calendar year to one hundred twenty (120) hours of military leave of absence from their respective duties without loss of pay, time, or efficiency rating during which they shall be engaged in military duty ordered or authorized under the provisions of law. (Idaho Code, section 46-216)
Eligibility: National Guard or Reserve Service members.

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Health and Insurance Benefits:

Health Insurance: TRICARE Reserve Select is a premium-based plan, available worldwide for Selected Reserve, (Reserve and National Guard) and their Families who meet the following qualifications:

  • Not on active duty orders
  • Not covered under the Transitional Assistance Management Program
  • Not eligible for or enrolled in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program or currently covered under FEHB, either under their own eligibility or through a Family member.

The plan provides comprehensive health care coverage when you're not activated and covered by active duty TRICARE benefits.

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Group Insurance: Veterans Affairs Life Insurance: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides valuable life insurance benefits to Veterans, Active and Reserve Component Service members and their Families to provide financial security given the extraordinary risks involved in military Service. The VA provides the following life insurance benefit programs:

  • Service Member's Group Life Insurance (SGLI)
  • Veterans Group Life Insurance (VGLI)
  • Family Members Group Life Insurance (FSGLI)
  • Service Members Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Projection (TSGLI)
  • Service-Disabled Veterans Life Insurance (S-DVI)
  • Veterans Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI)

Medical Benefits: Medical benefits equivalent to State Employees.
Eligibility: Injury/Illness occurs while serving in the Idaho National Guard on State Active Duty.

Workers Compensation: Workers Compensation equivalent to State employees.
Eligibility: Injury occurs while serving in the Idaho National Guard on State Active Duty.

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Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Benefits:

Military License Plate Application

Ordering Special License Plates:

  • Clearly print all requested information on the application form.
  • Use one form for each vehicle.
  • Attach the required military documents. Military license plates will notbe issued without the required documentation.
  • Do not send fees with the application. You will be billed or you may include your MasterCard or Visa number and card expiration date.
  • Credit will be given for unexpired registration fees when special plates are issued before an applicant's current registration is expired.

Note: Foreign money orders or cashier's checks must have either "U.S. Funds" or "Payable in U.S. Funds" printed on them.

Mail the application to:
Idaho Transportation Department
Special Plates
PO Box 7129
Boise, ID 83707-1129

Or

E-mail application to: specialplates@itd.idaho.gov

Or

Fax application to: 208-334-8542

Write to the address above or call 208-334-8649 for more information about special license plates. You can obtain additional application forms via the Internet at:

http://www.itd.idaho.gov/dmv/

Personalized Plates:  Certain military plates can be personalized.

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National Guard Plate: Plate features "National Guard". There is no fee for this plate
Eligibility: Active member in good standing with the Idaho Army National Guard or the Idaho Air National Guard. Requires Commanding Officer certification.

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Military Reservist Plate: Plate features the word "Reservist". In addition to vehicle registration fees, this plate will cost $50.00 for the first year with a $30.00 renewal fee each year thereafter.
Eligibility: Proof of active membership required.

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Army Veteran Plate: Veteran plate features the word "Veteran". In addition to vehicle registration fees, this plate will cost $25.00 for the first year with a $15.00 renewal fee each year thereafter. An additional $25.00 fee and an additional $15.00 renewal fee will be charged to personalize the plate. The text must have at least one alpha character and no punctuation marks. Leave a blank square where you want a space.
Eligibility: Proof of being a current or former member of the United States Armed Forces must be furnished to the department before special Veterans plates will be issued. Acceptable proof will be a copy of form DD214 or an equivalent document or statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

These plates are available with only the "Veteran" designation or for the following conflicts:

  • World War II Veteran
  • Korea Veteran
  • Vietnam Veteran
  • Persian Gulf Veteran
  • Afghanistan / Iraq Veteran (post 9/11 service)

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Military Veteran Motorcycle Plate: Veteran Motorcycle plate features the word "Veteran". In addition to vehicle registration fees, this plate will cost $25.00 for the first year with a $15.00 renewal fee each year thereafter. An additional $25.00 fee and an additional $15.00 renewal fee will be charged to personalize the plate. The text must have at least one alpha character and no punctuation marks. Leave a blank square where you want a space.
Eligibility: Proof of being a current or former member of the United States Armed Forces must be furnished to the department before special Veterans plates will be issued. Acceptable proof will be a copy of form DD214 or an equivalent document or statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Gold Star Family Plate: The Gold Star plate is available for Spouses, parents and other immediate Family members of military members killed by hostile actions during active military service in a period of war recognized by the U.S. Congress. Surviving Spouses and parents of deceased Service members will not pay fees for gold star plates. A portion of the fees paid by other qualifying relatives will be used to defray the costs of administering the issuance of the plates at Idaho Transportation Division and IDVS. Any remaining fees will be used to provide support programs for Veterans.
Eligibility: As proof of eligibility, the applicant shall furnish to the Idaho Transportation Department a completed form GS001 from the Idaho Division of Veterans Services (IDVS). The GS001 form certifies both the eligibility and the category of Familial relationship to the deceased military member. You can contact the IDVS by:

Phone: (208) 780-1300
Internet: http://www.veterans.idaho.gov
E-Mail: webmaster@veterans.idaho.gov
Mail: Idaho Division of Veterans Services
351Collins Road
Boise ID 83702-4519

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Disabled Veteran Plate: Must be a Veteran with a 100% service connected permanent disability. There is no fee for this plate. Limited to one set.
Eligibility: Call the Veterans Administration Regional Office (VARO) in Boise, Idaho at (800) 827-1000 to find out if you meet eligibility requirements and to request a Disabled Veteran Plate Eligibility Letter.

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Purple Heart Recipient Plate: No additional fees will be charged for this plate.
Eligibility: Proof of receipt of the Purple Heart must be furnished to the department before special plates will be issued. Acceptable proof is a copy of DD-214 or equivalent.

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Purple Heart Recipient Motorcycle Plate: No additional fees will be charged for this plate.
Eligibility: Proof of receipt of the Purple Heart must be furnished to the department before special plates will be issued. Acceptable proof is a copy of DD-214 or equivalent.

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Former Prisoner of War Plate: No additional fees will be charged for this plate.
Eligibility: Proof must be furnished to the department before special plates will be issued. Acceptable proof is a copy of DD-214 or equivalent.

  • Former Prisoner of War World War II
  • Former Prisoner of War Korea
  • Former Prisoner of War Vietnam
  • Former Prisoner of War Persian Gulf
  • Former Prisoner of War USS Pueblo Seizure

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Parks and Recreation Benefits:

Hunting and Fishing Privileges:

Resident Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Reduced Fees: Resident disabled Veterans may be eligible for DAV reduced fees for licenses and tags for an annual $5.00 fee. The license allows the disabled Veteran to purchase reduced fee DAV tags for deer $10.75, elk $16.50, bear $6.75, or turkey $10.75. They must submit a letter from the Veterans Affairs office verifying a service-connected disability rating of 40 percent or greater. Letters can be brought to any regional office or mailed to the address below. Such documentation may bear any date prior to license application. Documentation for the resident DAV license will be required only for the initial application and will not be required for subsequent applications.

Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game - Licensing Section
P.O. Box 25
Boise, ID 83707

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Nonresident Disabled American Veterans (DAV) - Reduced Fees: Nonresident disabled Veterans with a disability rating of 40 percent or more by Veterans Affairs are eligible for nonresident DAV reduced fees for licenses and tags. Individuals meeting the DAV requirements must submit a letter from the Veterans Affairs office verifying a service-connected disability rating of 40 percent or greater. Letters can be brought to any regional office or mailed to the address below. Such documentation may bear any date prior to license application. Documentation for the nonresident DAV license will be required only for the initial application and will not be required for subsequent applications.

The nonresident DAV hunting with 3-day fishing license, $31.75, allows the nonresident disabled Veteran to purchase reduced fee nonresident Disabled American Veteran tags for deer $23.75, elk $39.75, bear $23.75, or turkey $19.75.

Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game - Licensing Section
P.O. Box 25
Boise, ID 83707

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Disabled Veterans Special Big Game Tag Program: The Disabled Veterans Special Big Game Tag Program allows a qualified organization to apply for a special big game hunt tag on behalf of a disabled Veteran. A qualified organization is defined as a 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) or 501(c)(19) nonprofit organization, or a government agency, with a mission to afford opportunities, experiences and assistance to disabled Veterans. The program is not limited to organizations in Idaho. Idaho Fish and Game makes five tags available each year for disabled Veterans for any deer, elk, pronghorn, moose, black bear or mountain lion hunt. Tags may be requested for general or controlled hunts. An additional five tags may be available each year. Participants are exempt from licensing requirements. The program is a first-come, first-served, once in a lifetime opportunity. The Application for a Disabled Veterans Special Big Game Hunt must be used to apply.

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Disabled Veteran Program (Parks Pass): The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR) offers Idaho service connected disabled Veterans free camping and day-use access within Idaho's State Parks. The program entitles eligible Idaho Veterans to free Idaho State Park day-use access and one free campsite per overnight stay. Camping is limited to a maximum of 15-days per 30-day period within the Idaho State Park system.
Eligibility: Idaho residents with service connected disabilities, rated at 100% permanent and total, with written proof from the Idaho Department of Veterans Affairs. Idaho Veterans who have been issued a "Disabled Veteran" license plate from the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) are also eligible for the discount and may use their license plate as proof of eligibility.

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Miscellaneous Benefits:

Financial Assistance: Provides up to a $1,000 grant, in cases of extreme emergency, to wartime Veterans in need of assistance. Must have entered the military from Idaho, or lived within the state for at least 5 years. The event or emergency must have occurred within 90 days of the request.

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Office of Veterans Advocacy: A full-service state agency that assists Veterans, their Family members and survivors. The department is an advocate for Veterans and their Families, and aggressively pursues all federal and state benefits and entitlements on their behalf. The department's Veterans Service Offices and the statewide referral service are staffed with qualified benefits specialists to assist Veterans and Family members in accessing benefits to which they may be entitled.
Eligibility: All Veterans and their dependents.

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State Veterans Homes: The Idaho Division of Veterans Services operates three Veterans Homes in Boise, Lewiston and Pocatello. All three homes share a common goal of providing responsive medical and supportive care to Veterans who can no longer provide for themselves. 1) Pocatello Veterans Home is a 66 skilled nursing facility; 2) Boise Veterans Home facility offers a 36-bed residential/ domiciliary unit, and a 131 bed skilled nursing care unit including a 17-bed special care unit for Veterans with Alzheimer's disease or related conditions. A professional, dedicated staff administers these levels of care by providing medical, dietary, social, rehabilitative and religious services; 3)  Lewiston Veterans Home is a 66 skilled-nursing-care beds which includes domiciliary, residential and nursing care.
Eligibility: Applicants may be peacetime or wartime Veterans and Spouses of eligible Veterans, with wartime Veterans is retaining priority admission status. Applicants must have been discharged under honorable conditions and be a bona fide resident of the state of Idaho. In addition, applicants must be unemployable as a result of age, illness, or disability. Effective July 1, 2000, applicants must apply for and become eligible for Medicaid benefits or must pay the established maximum monthly nursing care charge.

All Idaho State Veterans Homes are Medicare and Medicaid certified facilities. To be eligible for admission, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Applicants may be peacetime or wartime Veterans, and their Spouses, with wartime Veterans receiving priority admission status. The total service time must be at least 90 days, with an honorable discharge. A copy of the Veteran's discharge papers (DD-214) must be provided with the application. If the discharge papers are unavailable, a copy can be requested through the Department of Veterans Affairs. We will assist with the request.
  2. Applicants must be a resident of the State of Idaho at the time of application.
  3. Applicants must apply for (or already be in receipt of) a VA pension, and Aid and Attendance. We will assist with the pension application
  4. Applicants must either be eligible and apply for Medicaid benefits, or pay the current maximum monthly charge. Please include with the application a copy of the Veteran's Medicare card, private insurance cards, Social Security card, and Medicaid card. We welcome applicants who may not yet be Medicaid approved, and we will assist them with the application process.
  5. Spouses or Widows of Veterans (eligible for nursing care only) will need to provide proof of marriage when they apply.
  6. Veterans may be admitted without regard to their financial status.

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Veteran Burial Benefits: The State of Idaho currently has one State Veterans Cemetery, which is located at 10100 Horseshoe Bend Road, Boise Idaho. Interment fees for eligible Veterans are paid by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Associated funeral expenses and preparation are not included and are incurred by the Veteran's Family or estate.

Veterans and Families are able to choose:

  • A columbarium niche, cremation inurnment that includes an inscribed, granite niche cover;
  • An in-ground, garden niche, cremation inurnment that includes a flush-to-the-ground inscribed, granite marker; a scattering garden, set in a natural draw of the Boise foothills, that includes a location for an inscribed marker in memory of the deceased;
  • A full casket, in-ground interment that includes an inscribed, upright granite marker.
  • Military Funeral Honors are coordinated by the Cemetery. Honors include the playing of Taps, folding of the flag and its presentation to the next-of-kin.
  • An Honor Guard detail of at least two members of the Armed Services is provided for the interment service of the eligible Veterans.

Eligibility: Eligibility for interment in the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery mirrors National Veterans Cemetery eligibility requirements. There is no requirement to be a resident of the state of Idaho.

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Military Installations and Veterans Affairs Facilities in Idaho

Please see the Idaho Resource Locator for additional information

Active Duty:

Army
No active duty Army installations are located in Idaho.

Air Force
Mountain Home Air Force Base: Mountain Air Force Base provides military ID cards and DEERS Enrollment. Additionally, there is a Base Exchange, lodging, housing and a commissary and many other services.


National Guard:

Idaho National Guard Joint Headquarters

Idaho Army National Guard

Idaho Air National Guard, 124th Fighter Wing

United States Army Reserve (USAR):

Regional Support Command (RSC) Headquarters, 88th RSC: http://www.usar.army.mil/Commands/Support/88th-RSC/

 

 

Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Facilities in Idaho:

Veterans Health Administration
VA Medical Center
Boise: Boise VA Medical Center, 500 Fort St, 208-422-1000

Outpatient Clinic
Mountain Home: Mountain Home Idaho Outpatient Clinic, 815 North 6th East, 208-580-2001 / Fax: 208-580-9993
Salmon: Salmon Idaho Outpatient Clinic, 705 Lena St, 208-756-8515 / Fax: 208-756-8385
Sandpoint: Sandpoint RHC, 420 N. 2nd Ave, Suite 200, 208-263-0450 / Fax: 208-255-5635

Community Based Outpatient Clinics
Caldwell: Caldwell CBOC, 4521 Thomas Jefferson Dr, 208-454-4820 / Fax: 208-454-4859
Coeur d'Alene: North Idaho CBOC, 915 W. Emma Ave, 208-665-1700 / Fax: 208-667-8649
Grangeville: Grangeville (ID) VA Outpatient Clinic, 711 West North St, 208-983-4671
Idaho Falls: Idaho Falls Outreach Clinic, 3544 East 17th St, 208-522-2922 / Fax: 208-522-6330
Lewiston: Lewiston (ID) Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 1630 23rd Ave, Bldg 2, 208-746-7784 / Fax: 208-798-8652
Pocatello: Pocatello CBOC, 444 Hospital Way, Suite 801, 208-232-6214
Twin Falls: Twin Falls Idaho Outpatient Clinic, 260 2nd Ave East, 208-732-0959 / Fax: 208-732-7480

Vet Center - 877-927-8387
Boise: Boise Vet Center, 2424 Bank Dr, Suite 100, 208-342-3612 / Fax: 208-342-0327
Pocatello: Pocatello Vet Center, 1800 Garrett Way, Suite 47, 208-232-0316 / Fax: 208-232-6258

Veterans Benefits Administration
Regional Office
Boise: Boise Regional Benefit Office, 444 W. Fort St, 1-800-827-1000

Intake Site (Pre-Discharge Claims Assistance)
Mountain Home AFB: Mountain Home Air Force Base, 575 Gunfighter Ave, Bldg 180

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Idaho Division of Veterans Services
351 Collins Road
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: 208-780-1300
Fax:  208-780-1301 
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Resources

https://legislature.idaho.gov/statutesrules/idstat/Title49/T49CH4/

http://www.ag.idaho.gov/publications/idahoStatutes.html

https://www.accessidaho.org/

https://idfg.idaho.gov/offices

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

https://www.goang.com/benefits/

https://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/

http://www.va.gov/directory/guide/state.asp?State=ID&dnum=ALL

http://www.veterans.idaho.gov/employment-services

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

https://tax.idaho.gov/i-1011.cfm

http://www.Veterans.idaho.gov/

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

http://webapps.dol.gov/elaws/vets/realifelines/menu.htm

http://www.veterans.idaho.gov/education

http://itd.idaho.gov/itddmv/

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Document Review Date: 18 January 2017