State / Territory Benefits - Indiana

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Summary: The State of Indiana offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including State Income Tax Exemptions, Retired Military Pay and Property Tax Exemptions, Education and Tuition Assistance, Special Military Vehicle Tags, as well as Hunting and Fishing License and State Park 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: Current members of the active branches of service, National Guard and Reserves are eligible to receive an exemption of $5,000 on their state income tax return. Veterans who are military retirees over age 60 are eligible for the same exemption.
Eligibility: All Service members currently serving on active duty; members of the Indiana National Guard or Reserves; and Veterans who are military retirees over age 60.

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Retired Military Pay: Military retirees who are age 60 are entitled to deduct up to $5,000 of military or survivor benefits. (Senate Enrolled Act 480).

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

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Property Tax Exemption: Property tax deductions are available to disabled Hoosier Veterans under the following conditions:

  1. A $12,480 dollar deduction is available to Veterans who:

    • Served at least 90 days of honorable service AND

    • Are totally disabled (receiving VA Compensation at 100% or VA Pension). OR

    • Are at least 62 years old and 10% service-connected disabled. (Note: This deduction is not available if the assessed value of the real property owned by the Veteran is in excess of $143,160).

  2. A $24,960 tax deduction is available for Veterans who:

    • Served honorably in the Armed Forces during any period of wartime AND

    • Are at least 10% service-connected disabled.

  3. A $37,440 tax deduction is available for any Veteran who:

    • Served honorably during any period of wartime AND

    • Is 100% service connected-disabled OR

    • Is at least 62 years of age with at least a 10% service-connected disability.

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Education Benefits:

High School Diploma Program: Veterans who served between:

  • April 6, 1917 and November 11, 1918 (World War I)

  • December 7, 1941 and December 31, 1946 (World War II)

  • June 27, 1950 and Jan 31, 1955 (Korea)

  • or Aug 5, 1964 and May 7, 1975 (Vietnam)

May apply to the Indiana Department of Veterans' Affairs for issuance of a high school diploma
Eligibility: Veterans must have:

  • attended public or nonpublic high school in Indiana prior to military service

  • been a student in good standing

  • not graduate or receive a diploma because of leaving high school for military service

  • and been honorably discharged from the armed forces of the United States

Veterans, or their surviving spouses or eligible Family members, may submit application to the Indiana Department of Veteran Affairs.

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Remission of Fees (Free Tuition) for the Child(ren) of a Disabled Veteran (Whose Veteran Parent Initially Entered Military service on or before June 30, 2011): The biological or legally adopted child(ren) of a disabled Veteran may be eligible for remission of fees (free tuition) at any state-supported post-secondary school or university in the State of Indiana. This applies at any age as long as the child was adopted by age 24 and the child is a resident of Indiana. The Remission of Fees is good for 124 semester hours of education and may be used for either undergraduate or graduate level work, but graduate work is reimbursed at the undergraduate level. The amount remitted is 100% of tuition and all mandatory fees. The term "mandatory fees" is defined as any fee that must be paid by every student attending the institution. Ref: IC 20-12-19-1, IC 10-5-16.5-3. The Veteran must have served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during a period of wartime, or performed duty equally hazardous that was recognized by the award of a service, campaign or expeditionary medal of the United States (the military discharge must reflect that medal); The Veteran must also have been a resident of the State of Indiana for not less than 3 consecutive years during his/her lifetime and must be declared service-connected disabled or suffered a service connected death as determined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs or the Department of Defense.

Eligible war time dates are:

WW I: April 6, 1917 and November 11, 1918
WWII: December 7, 1941 and December 31, 1946
Korea: June 27, 1950 and Jan 31, 1955
Vietnam: Aug 5, 1964 and May 7, 1975
Gulf War: August 2, 1990 - present

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Remission of Fees (Free Tuition) for the Child(ren) of a Disabled Veteran (Whose Veteran Parent Initially Entered Military service on or after July 1, 2011): The biological or legally adopted child(ren) of a disabled Veteran may be eligible for remission of fees at any state-supported post-secondary school or university in the State of Indiana. All students must submit a copy of their birth certificate or adoption papers with their application. Applications submitted without the appropriate documentation will be returned to the student.

Note to legally adopted children: This applies at any age as long as the child was adopted by age 18 and the child is a resident of Indiana. The remission of fees/CDV program is a State of Indiana provided program and is not the federal GI Bill education program. CDV students can only use this benefit at a state supported university/college. Each college/university has its own student residency requirements.
Eligibility:
The rules are:

  1. The Veteran must have served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during a period of wartime, or performed duty equally hazardous that was recognized by the award of a service, campaign or expeditionary medal of the United States (the military discharge must reflect that medal); The Veteran must have originally entered military service from Indiana or must have been a resident of the State of Indiana for not less than 5 consecutive years immediately preceding the application. (IC 21-11-7-1).

Eligible wartime dates are:

Recognized wartime periods after June 30, 2011(including a wartime period which began earlier but continued into the eligible period during which the Veteran served).

  1. The Veteran must be declared service-connected disabled or suffered a service connected death as determined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs or the Department of Defense (if the Department of Defense, the Veteran must supply official documentation), Or

  2. The Veteran received a Purple Heart Medal. (Receipt of the medal must be reflected on the Record of Discharge, DD Form 214)

The Remission of Fees is good for 124 semester hours of education and may be used for undergraduate level work only. Depending upon the level of disability of the Veteran the amount remitted can be as much as 100% of tuition and all mandatory fees. Ref: IC 21-14-4-1.

Please Note: The remission of fees/CDV program is a State of Indiana provided program and is not the federal GI Bill education program. CDV students can only use this benefit at a state supported university/college in Indiana.

The following also applies:

  1. Students will be limited to a total of eight (8) years in the program.

  2. Student must not have reached their 32nd birthday at the time of their initial application.

  3. Student must maintain the following grade point average (GPA):

    • Freshman academic year: a cumulative GPA that the eligible institution determines satisfactory academic progress;

    • Sophomore academic year: a cumulative GPA of 2.25 on a 4.0 grading scale, or its equivalent as established by the institution.

    • Junior or senior academic year: a cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 grading scale, or its equivalent as established by the institution.

    • Students not reaching these goals will be placed on probation and must reach the requisite GPA by the next semester or its equivalent.

  4. Student will have their remission of fees prorated based on the VA disability rating as follows:

    • Children of Veterans rated 80% service-connected disabled or higher by the VA or whose Veteran parent is/was a recipient of the Purple Heart Medal will receive 100% fee remission.

    • Children of Veterans rated less than 80% service-connected disabled will receive 20% fee remission plus the disability rating of the Veteran.

    • If the disability rating of the Veteran changes after the beginning of the academic semester, quarter or other period, the change in the disability rating shall be applied beginning with the immediately following academic semester, quarter or other period.

For an application, see http://www.in.gov/dva/2357.htm

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Educational Assistance (National Guard / Reserve): Effective October 1, 1990, eligible members of the National Guard / Reserve and currently drilling National Guard / Reserve members that served on active duty for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001, may be eligible for an educational assistance allowance for participation in approved apprenticeship and/or On-the-Job Training programs. Contact your National Guard / Reserve Unit to determine eligibility for Chapter 1606 and Chapter 1607 benefits.

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Remission of Fees for Purple Heart Recipients: A person who entered active duty from a permanent home address in Indiana, received the Purple Heart and received an honorable discharge, is eligible to pay the resident tuition rate at a state supported college or university and who otherwise possesses the requisite academic qualifications, is entitled to remission of fees for 124 semester credit hours. If the student receives financial aid through any other source, the remission of fees is adjusted accordingly.

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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:
Amanda Culhan, Program Coordinator for School Counseling Indiana Department of Education
Address: South Tower, Suite 600, 115 W. Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204
Email: aculhan@doe.in.gov
Phone: 317-232-0510

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Employment Benefits:

Employment Assistance: State employees receive 15 days military leave per year.
Eligibility: Indiana National Guard and Reserve members.

Employment Assistance for Veterans: The Indiana Department of Workforce Development provides services to Hoosier Veterans. Through the Disabled Veterans' Outreach program (DVOP), and the Local Veterans' Employment Representative (LVER) Program, Workforce Development Offices throughout the State are equipped to assist Hoosier Veterans with their transition from the service to civilian life. The DVOPs specialize in tailored training and job placement opportunities for Veterans with service-connected disabilities. LVERs coordinate services provided Veterans including counseling, testing, and identifying training and employment opportunities.

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Unpaid Leave of Absence: Up to ten (10) days unpaid leave of absence that can be taken in the 30-day period after the Service member receives his/her orders, while they are home on leave during the deployment, or in the 30-day period at the end of their deployment.
Eligibility: The spouse, parent, grandparents or siblings of Veterans ordered to active duty deployments in the Armed Forces or the National Guard and who are employed by an employer who employs over 50 people and has been employed by the employer for at least twelve months.

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Unemployment Compensation:

Unemployment Insurance: Unemployment Insurance (UI) provides benefits to eligible individuals who are unemployed through no fault of their own. All claims for unemployment insurance benefits must be filed through Uplink, the online filing system.

You will need to provide DWD with the following information to file your claim. If you are visiting a WorkOne Center, please bring this information with you on your first visit:

  • Your complete name, address and zip code

  • Your Social Security number (your claim will not be processed without it)

  • Personal identification (i.e., driver's license, photo ID, alien card)

  • Name, address and telephone number of your last employer

  • Dates worked at your last place of employment

  • The reason you are unemployed

TIP: Bring your latest check stub from your most recent employer with you.

Click here for the Unemployment Insurance Claimant Handbook.

Unemployment Insurance Help Line at 1-800-891-6499

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Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) Benefits:

Peddlers, Vendors, or Hawkers License: State law provides that any wartime Veteran who has an honorable discharge shall be granted these licenses by all cities and counties free of charge. See your county auditor. Ref: IC 25-25-2-1

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Hoosier Veteran Plates: Any resident of the State who was honorably separated from the active Armed Forces can purchase a Hoosier Veteran license plate. Simply take your DD-214 or your Discharge Certificate to your local BMV office and request the special plate. There is a $15 charge for the Hoosier Veteran plate.

Disabled Hoosier Veteran Plates: Disabled Veteran plates are the same as handicap plates in the State of Indiana. These are strictly limited to those individuals who have a serious mobility impairment due to a service-connected disability. Applications may be obtained from either the BMV or the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs. The Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs must verify the Veteran's eligibility. Ref: IC 9-18-18-1, IC 9-18-18-2

Ex-Prisoner of War Plates: The POW license plate is available to all ex-prisoners of war or to the surviving spouse of a deceased POW. Applications for these plates are available from the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs. The Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs must verify the eligibility of the applicant. Ref: IC 9-18-17-1

Purple Heart Plates: Any Hoosier Veteran who has received the Purple Heart Medal is authorized to have these special license plates. Applications may be obtained at the BMV or from the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs. The Veteran must present official documentation of the award, and the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs must verify the Veteran's eligibility. Ref: IC 9-18-19-1, IC 9-18-19-2, IC 9-18-19-3.

Support Our Troops Plates: Effective January 1, 2007 this special plate with a yellow ribbon is now available for purchase by all Hoosiers, whether or not they are a Veteran. Most of the proceeds for this plate will go into the Military Family Relief Fund.

Gold Star Plate: The Gold Star Family license plate is available to the spouses, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, siblings, or children of anyone who died while serving on duty in the military - active, Reserve or National Guard. There is no additional cost for the Gold Star Family license plate. Regular vehicle registration fees and taxes still apply.
Eligibility: To be eligible for the plate, Family members must provide an official DD Form 1300 from the Department of Defense. In many cases the Department of Defense issues only one copy of the DD Form 1300, normally to the person who is listed as the next-of-kin. In those cases, the next-of-kin will need to be contacted by other Family members and a copy of the form obtained from him/her. This plate will be available at license branches and other customer service locations. You will be able to display this plate on passenger cars, trucks up to 11,000 pounds, and recreational vehicles. For more information go to: https://myweb.in.gov/BMV/mybmvportal/PlatesAndRegistrations/IndianasLicensePlates/IndianasMilitaryLicensePlates

Prisoner of War - Missing In Action Plate (current POWs/MIAs): The Prisoner Of War - Missing In Action license plate sponsored by Indiana Rolling Thunder honors all Hoosier Veterans who are currently missing in action or listed as prisoners of war. Funds from the sales of this plate will go to the Veterans Assistance Trust Fund established by the General Assembly in 2007 to assist Veterans and their Families in times of financial hardship. The cost of the Prisoner Of War - Missing In Action license plate includes vehicle registration fees and taxes, a group fee of $25, and an administrative fee of $15. This plate is available online through myBMV, at license branches, and at other customer service locations. You will be able to display this plate on passenger cars, trucks up to 11,000 pounds, motorcycles, and recreational vehicles. Sponsoring Organization: Indiana Rolling Thunder, P.O. Box 40175, Indianapolis, Indiana 46240.

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Health and Insurance Benefits:

Medical Benefits: National Guard members on State Active Duty are entitled to medical and dental care, including hospital as a direct result of injuries/illness/disease process incurred/ aggravated by State Active Duty.
Eligibility: Indiana National Guard members.

Injury/Death Benefits: National Guard members on State Active Duty: members receive pay, allowance, and medical expenses for 90 days. If disabled after 90 days, benefits are the same as federal, including death gratuities, widow's pension and funeral expenses up to $500.
Eligibility: Indiana National Guard members.

Group Insurance: Group Insurance is provided by the Indiana National Guard Association in amounts of $5,000 for $2/mo; $10,000 for $3.33; $15,000 for $5.33; $20,000 for $7.00; $25,000 for $8.67/mo; $35,000 for $12.00/mo; $50,000 for $17/mo and Family plan of $5,000/$10,000 for $3.66 or $6.66 + $1,000 to $10,000 for each child depending on age.
Eligibility: Indiana National Guard members.

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Parks & Recreation Benefits:

Hunting Licenses: Residents of Indiana engaged in full-time military service and who are carrying leave orders and a valid Indiana driver's license or voter registration card are exempt from purchasing a hunting license. Non-resident military personnel on active duty and stationed within Indiana may hunt and/or fish with a resident license.

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Fishing Licenses: Residents of Indiana who are engaged in full-time military service may fish without a license while on approved military leave. However, the angler must carry leave orders and a valid Indiana driver's license or voter registration card. Non-resident military personnel stationed within Indiana must obtain a resident license to fish or hunt in Indiana.

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Hunting and Fishing Privileges: Any Indiana resident who is service-connected disabled by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs may purchase a license to hunt and fish in the State of Indiana for a reduced fee.
Eligibility: In order to receive this benefit the Veteran must complete the Application for Reduced Fee Hunting and Fishing License for Disabled Veterans available from County Veteran Service Officers, from the Department of Natural Resource offices, or from the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs. The form verifies that the Veteran is service-connected disabled and authorizes the reduced fee and is verified by the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs. Ref: IC 14-8-2-228.3

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Miscellaneous Benefits:

Golden Hoosier Passport: A Hoosier Golden Passport provides unlimited admission to all Indiana State owned parks, recreation areas, reservoirs, forests, historic sites, museums, memorials, and other Department of Natural Resource (DNR) facilities. The pass is good for one calendar year.
Eligibility: Persons eligible for a Disabled American Veteran license plate under IC 9-18-18-1 may purchase the Hoosier Golden Passport at DNR facilities around the State. If you have Disabled American Veteran plates on the vehicle simply drive to the gate and the attendant will sell you the Hoosier Golden Passport. If you do not have the plate but believe you are eligible, you will be given a form to request the plate, which you must send to the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs for verification. Former Prisoners of War will receive their Hoosier Golden Passport in the mail after their plates are issued. If you do not receive yours in a reasonable time, or have other plates on your vehicle but are entitled to POW plates, contact the Department of Natural Resources at 1-800-622-4931.

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The Veterans Home: The Indiana Veterans Home in West Lafayette provides nursing and domiciliary care for any Hoosier Veteran with at least one day of service. To qualify you must have been a resident of Indiana for at least one year, or must have joined the service from Indiana. The Home is open to both Veterans and their spouses.
Eligibility: An honorably discharged member of the armed forces. The spouse or surviving spouse of an honorably discharged member of the armed forces, or An eligible person who has a disability or is destitute is eligible for admission to the Home if the eligible person has been a resident of Indiana for at least one (1) year immediately preceding application for admission to the Home.

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Vital Documents for Veterans Benefits: The Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs and the Indiana State Archives have copies of DD-214's on file for many Hoosier Veterans who entered the service from Indiana. Copies of these will be provided upon request to the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs. Additionally, the Department has recently been receiving National Guard discharge documents (NGB Form 22), which are available upon request. The processing time for such a request is usually one or two weeks. The Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs or your County Veterans Service Officer can assist you with the paperwork to obtain other documents from the federal government. Ref: IC 10-5-7-1. Active duty records may also be requested directly from the appropriate military records custodian or the National Personnel Records Center, Military Personnel Records, 9700 Page Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63132-5100 by completing a Standard Form 180-Request Pertaining to Military Records.

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County Veterans Service Officer: All counties in the State employ a County Veterans Service Officer (CVSO). These CVSO's are Veterans who stand ready to help you with your Veteran-related needs. The County Veterans Service Offices have all the forms and other information you may need to obtain service from the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs as well as the forms for requesting State veterans' benefits. The Service Officers will assist you in finding the information and resources you need to solve your service-related problems.

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Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery: The Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery opened for internments on December 1, 1999. The Cemetery is located adjacent to the Madison State Hospital and Clift Falls State Park in Madison, Indiana. There is no charge for the grave site or use of the Chapel for internment services. Any eligible Veteran, spouse or dependent child will be buried at no cost to the Family.
Eligibility: 1) Any Veteran who qualifies under the rules established by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and was separated under other than dishonorable conditions 2) Any Reservist or National Guard member who was eligible for retirement pay at the time of death, 3) Any Veteran who dies on active duty in the line of duty , 4) The eligible spouse of an approved Veteran, 5) The child of a Veteran (unmarried, under 21, or before 23 years of age if pursuing a full-time course of instruction at an approved educational institute, or the lifelong dependent of the Veteran), or 6) The surviving spouse of an eligible Veteran who had a subsequent remarriage to a non-Veteran and whose death occurred on or after January 1, 2000, is eligible for burial in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery based on his or her marriage to the eligible Veteran. For an application for burial, contact the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs. To schedule an interment contact the Cemetery Superintendent at 1415 North Gate Road, Madison, IN 47250, 812-273-9220/FAX 812-273-9221. Ref: IC 10-5-25.

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Burial allowances: Each County Auditor is authorized to pay up to an amount not to exceed $100 for the burial of a Veteran or the Veteran's spouse, and to pay up to $100 for the setting of a federal headstone or marker. Veterans must have received an honorable discharge, and an application must be filed with the county auditor in the county of residence. Ref: IC 10-5-3-1.

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Military Family Relief Fund: Beginning on January 2, 2007, the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) began accepting grant applications from the Families of deployed or recently deployed National Guard members and members of the Selected Reserves. Effective April 30, 2009, certain active duty Service members are eligible.
The emergency grants may be used by the Families for needs such as food, housing, utilities, medical services, transportation, and other essential Family support expenses that were caused by the mobilization of the Service member. Grants up to $5,000 will be awarded to Families to alleviate these needs and may be applied for annually, if required.
Eligibility: The requirements are:

  • The Service member must be serving honorably or must have received an honorable discharge.

  • The need for financial assistance must have occurred during the time that the individual served on active duty (no pre-existing financial difficulties will be considered).

  • The qualified individual has served at least 30 days of active duty. Grants will also be awarded for Families still suffering hardships for up to six months after demobilization.

  • There is a documented need for financial assistance for necessities of daily living that include food, clothing, housing, utilities, medical service, prescriptions, insurance payments or other needs.

  • The applicant to the fund must fill out a complete application with proof that the qualified individual or Family member has incurred a specific monetary expense related to the necessities listed above.

  • The applicant in order to be eligible must show that the need is due to the mobilization/ deployment, have incurred a significant increase in the necessities of daily living, or have suffered a significant emergency that warrants financial assistance.

  • Proof of active duty which consists of a copy of orders issued by an authorized headquarters and documentation that the duty was actually performed.

  • The applicant must sign and date the application.

  • The qualified individual or Family member can only receive $5,000 in grants from the Family relief fund in any one calendar year. The Director of the Indiana Dept. of Veterans Affairs may waive the requirements for emergent cases only upon written request indicating the circumstances justifying such a waiver.

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Hoosier Woman Veterans: Women Veterans often are unaware of the benefits and services available to them. This section is devoted to providing resources for women Veterans and their friends and Families. Some resources refer to federal benefits and services available through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Other benefits and facilities are specific to the State of Indiana and require Indiana residency to qualify. Also included are resources in Indiana communities which may be of interest to all women. Register at Hoosier Women Veterans Registry and send completed for to: Indiana Department of Veterans' Affairs, Attn: Jeanette Gibson, 302 West Washington Street, RM E120, Indianapolis, IN 46204 or Fax to 317-232-7721 The purpose of the registry is to serve as an informational bridge to connect women Veterans to the numerous resources and benefits that are available and that they are entitled to.

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Wounded Warrior Benefits

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.

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Property Tax Exemption: Property tax deductions are available to disabled Hoosier Veterans under the following conditions:

  1. A $12,480 dollar deduction is available to Veterans who:

    • Served at least 90 days of honorable service AND

    • Are totally disabled (receiving VA Compensation at 100% or VA Pension). OR

    • Are at least 62 years old and 10% service-connected disabled. (Note: This deduction is not available if the assessed value of the real property owned by the Veteran is in excess of $143,160).

  2. A $24,960 tax deduction is available for Veterans who:

    • Served honorably in the Armed Forces during any period of wartime AND

    • Are at least 10% service-connected disabled.

  3. A $37,440 tax deduction is available for any Veteran who:

    • Served honorably during any period of wartime AND

    • Is 100% service connected-disabled OR

    • Is at least 62 years of age with at least a 10% service-connected disability.

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Remission of Fees (Free Tuition) for the Child(ren) of a Disabled Veteran (Whose Veteran Parent Initially Entered Military service on or before June 30, 2011): The biological or legally adopted child(ren) of a disabled Veteran may be eligible for remission of fees (free tuition) at any state-supported post-secondary school or university in the State of Indiana. This applies at any age as long as the child was adopted by age 24 and the child is a resident of Indiana. The Remission of Fees is good for 124 semester hours of education and may be used for either undergraduate or graduate level work, but graduate work is reimbursed at the undergraduate level. The amount remitted is 100% of tuition and all mandatory fees. The term "mandatory fees" is defined as any fee that must be paid by every student attending the institution. Ref: IC 20-12-19-1, IC 10-5-16.5-3. The Veteran must have served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during a period of wartime, or performed duty equally hazardous that was recognized by the award of a service, campaign or expeditionary medal of the United States (the military discharge must reflect that medal); The Veteran must also have been a resident of the State of Indiana for not less than 3 consecutive years during his/her lifetime and must be declared service-connected disabled or suffered a service connected death as determined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs or the Department of Defense.

Eligible war time dates are:

WW I: April 6, 1917 and November 11, 1918
WWII: December 7, 1941 and December 31, 1946
Korea: June 27, 1950 and Jan 31, 1955
Vietnam: Aug 5, 1964 and May 7, 1975
Gulf War: August 2, 1990 - present

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Remission of Fees (Free Tuition) for the Child(ren) of a Disabled Veteran (Whose Veteran Parent Initially Entered Military service on or after July 1, 2011): The biological or legally adopted child(ren) of a disabled Veteran may be eligible for remission of fees at any state-supported post-secondary school or university in the State of Indiana. All students must submit a copy of their birth certificate or adoption papers with their application. Applications submitted without the appropriate documentation will be returned to the student.

Note to legally adopted children: This applies at any age as long as the child was adopted by age 18 and the child is a resident of Indiana. The remission of fees/CDV program is a State of Indiana provided program and is not the federal GI Bill education program. CDV students can only use this benefit at a state supported university/college. Each college/university has its own student residency requirements.
Eligibility:
The rules are:

  1. The Veteran must have served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during a period of wartime, or performed duty equally hazardous that was recognized by the award of a service, campaign or expeditionary medal of the United States (the military discharge must reflect that medal); The Veteran must have originally entered military service from Indiana or must have been a resident of the State of Indiana for not less than 5 consecutive years immediately preceding the application. (IC 21-11-7-1).

Eligible wartime dates are:

Recognized wartime periods after June 30, 2011(including a wartime period which began earlier but continued into the eligible period during which the Veteran served).

  1. The Veteran must be declared service-connected disabled or suffered a service connected death as determined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs or the Department of Defense (if the Department of Defense, the Veteran must supply official documentation), Or

  2. The Veteran received a Purple Heart Medal. (Receipt of the medal must be reflected on the Record of Discharge, DD Form 214)

The Remission of Fees is good for 124 semester hours of education and may be used for undergraduate level work only. Depending upon the level of disability of the Veteran the amount remitted can be as much as 100% of tuition and all mandatory fees. Ref: IC 21-14-4-1.

Please Note: The remission of fees/CDV program is a State of Indiana provided program and is not the federal GI Bill education program. CDV students can only use this benefit at a state supported university/college in Indiana.

The following also applies:

  1. Students will be limited to a total of eight (8) years in the program.

  2. Student must not have reached their 32nd birthday at the time of their initial application.

  3. Student must maintain the following grade point average (GPA):

    • Freshman academic year: a cumulative GPA that the eligible institution determines satisfactory academic progress;

    • Sophomore academic year: a cumulative GPA of 2.25 on a 4.0 grading scale, or its equivalent as established by the institution.

    • Junior or senior academic year: a cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 grading scale, or its equivalent as established by the institution.

    • Students not reaching these goals will be placed on probation and must reach the requisite GPA by the next semester or its equivalent.

  4. Student will have their remission of fees prorated based on the VA disability rating as follows:

    • Children of Veterans rated 80% service-connected disabled or higher by the VA or whose Veteran parent is/was a recipient of the Purple Heart Medal will receive 100% fee remission.

    • Children of Veterans rated less than 80% service-connected disabled will receive 20% fee remission plus the disability rating of the Veteran.

    • If the disability rating of the Veteran changes after the beginning of the academic semester, quarter or other period, the change in the disability rating shall be applied beginning with the immediately following academic semester, quarter or other period.

For an application, see http://www.in.gov/dva/2357.htm

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Remission of Fees for Purple Heart Recipients: A person who entered active duty from a permanent home address in Indiana, received the Purple Heart and received an honorable discharge, is eligible to pay the resident tuition rate at a state supported college or university and who otherwise possesses the requisite academic qualifications, is entitled to remission of fees for 124 semester credit hours. If the student receives financial aid through any other source, the remission of fees is adjusted accordingly.

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Employment Assistance for Veterans: The Indiana Department of Workforce Development provides services to Hoosier Veterans. Through the Disabled Veterans' Outreach program (DVOP), and the Local Veterans' Employment Representative (LVER) Program, Workforce Development Offices throughout the State are equipped to assist Hoosier Veterans with their transition from the service to civilian life. The DVOPs specialize in tailored training and job placement opportunities for Veterans with service-connected disabilities. LVERs coordinate services provided Veterans including counseling, testing, and identifying training and employment opportunities.

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Disabled Hoosier Veteran Plates: Disabled Veteran plates are the same as handicap plates in the State of Indiana. These are strictly limited to those individuals who have a serious mobility impairment due to a service-connected disability. Applications may be obtained from either the BMV or the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs. The Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs must verify the Veteran's eligibility. Ref: IC 9-18-18-1, IC 9-18-18-2

Purple Heart Plates: Any Hoosier Veteran who has received the Purple Heart Medal is authorized to have these special license plates. Applications may be obtained at the BMV or from the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs. The Veteran must present official documentation of the award, and the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs must verify the Veteran's eligibility. Ref: IC 9-18-19-1, IC 9-18-19-2, IC 9-18-19-3.

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Hunting and Fishing Privileges: Any Indiana resident who is service-connected disabled by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs may purchase a license to hunt and fish in the State of Indiana for a reduced fee.
Eligibility: In order to receive this benefit the Veteran must complete the Application for Reduced Fee Hunting and Fishing License for Disabled Veterans available from County Veteran Service Officers, from the Department of Natural Resource offices, or from the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs. The form verifies that the Veteran is service-connected disabled and authorizes the reduced fee and is verified by the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Golden Hoosier Passport: A Hoosier Golden Passport provides unlimited admission to all Indiana State owned parks, recreation areas, reservoirs, forests, historic sites, museums, memorials, and other Department of Natural Resource (DNR) facilities. The pass is good for one calendar year.
Eligibility: Persons eligible for a Disabled American Veteran license plate under IC 9-18-18-1 may purchase the Hoosier Golden Passport at DNR facilities around the State. If you have Disabled American Veteran plates on the vehicle simply drive to the gate and the attendant will sell you the Hoosier Golden Passport. If you do not have the plate but believe you are eligible, you will be given a form to request the plate, which you must send to the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs for verification. Former Prisoners of War will receive their Hoosier Golden Passport in the mail after their plates are issued. If you do not receive yours in a reasonable time, or have other plates on your vehicle but are entitled to POW plates, contact the Department of Natural Resources at 1-800-622-4931.

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The Veterans Home: The Indiana Veterans Home in West Lafayette provides nursing and domiciliary care for any Hoosier Veteran with at least one day of service. To qualify you must have been a resident of Indiana for at least one year, or must have joined the service from Indiana. The Home is open to both Veterans and their spouses.
Eligibility: An honorably discharged member of the armed forces. The spouse or surviving spouse of an honorably discharged member of the armed forces, or An eligible person who has a disability or is destitute is eligible for admission to the Home if the eligible person has been a resident of Indiana for at least one (1) year immediately preceding application for admission to the Home.

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Vital Documents for Veterans Benefits: The Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs and the Indiana State Archives have copies of DD-214's on file for many Hoosier Veterans who entered the service from Indiana. Copies of these will be provided upon request to the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs. Additionally, the Department has recently been receiving National Guard discharge documents (NGB Form 22), which are available upon request. The processing time for such a request is usually one or two weeks. The Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs or your County Veterans Service Officer can assist you with the paperwork to obtain other documents from the federal government. Ref: IC 10-5-7-1. Active duty records may also be requested directly from the appropriate military records custodian or the National Personnel Records Center, Military Personnel Records, 9700 Page Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63132-5100 by completing a Standard Form 180-Request Pertaining to Military Records.

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County Veterans Service Officer: All counties in the State employ a County Veterans Service Officer (CVSO). These CVSO's are Veterans who stand ready to help you with your Veteran-related needs. The County Veterans Service Offices have all the forms and other information you may need to obtain service from the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs as well as the forms for requesting State veterans' benefits. The Service Officers will assist you in finding the information and resources you need to solve your service-related problems.

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Military Family Relief Fund: Beginning on January 2, 2007, the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) began accepting grant applications from the Families of deployed or recently deployed National Guard members and members of the Selected Reserves. Effective April 30, 2009, certain active duty Service members are eligible.
The emergency grants may be used by the Families for needs such as food, housing, utilities, medical services, transportation, and other essential Family support expenses that were caused by the mobilization of the Service member. Grants up to $5,000 will be awarded to Families to alleviate these needs and may be applied for annually, if required.
Eligibility: The requirements are:

  • The Service member must be serving honorably or must have received an honorable discharge.

  • The need for financial assistance must have occurred during the time that the individual served on active duty (no pre-existing financial difficulties will be considered).

  • The qualified individual has served at least 30 days of active duty. Grants will also be awarded for Families still suffering hardships for up to six months after demobilization.

  • There is a documented need for financial assistance for necessities of daily living that include food, clothing, housing, utilities, medical service, prescriptions, insurance payments or other needs.

  • The applicant to the fund must fill out a complete application with proof that the qualified individual or Family member has incurred a specific monetary expense related to the necessities listed above.

  • The applicant in order to be eligible must show that the need is due to the mobilization/ deployment, have incurred a significant increase in the necessities of daily living, or have suffered a significant emergency that warrants financial assistance.

  • Proof of active duty which consists of a copy of orders issued by an authorized headquarters and documentation that the duty was actually performed.

  • The applicant must sign and date the application.

  • The qualified individual or Family member can only receive $5,000 in grants from the Family relief fund in any one calendar year. The Director of the Indiana Dept. of Veterans Affairs may waive the requirements for emergent cases only upon written request indicating the circumstances justifying such a waiver.

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Survivor Benefits

VA Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: Not subject to federal or state taxes.

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

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Remission of Fees (Free Tuition) for the Child(ren) of a Disabled Veteran (Whose Veteran Parent Initially Entered Military service on or before June 30, 2011): The biological or legally adopted child(ren) of a disabled Veteran may be eligible for remission of fees (free tuition) at any state-supported post-secondary school or university in the State of Indiana. This applies at any age as long as the child was adopted by age 24 and the child is a resident of Indiana. The Remission of Fees is good for 124 semester hours of education and may be used for either undergraduate or graduate level work, but graduate work is reimbursed at the undergraduate level. The amount remitted is 100% of tuition and all mandatory fees. The term "mandatory fees" is defined as any fee that must be paid by every student attending the institution. Ref: IC 20-12-19-1, IC 10-5-16.5-3. The Veteran must have served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during a period of wartime, or performed duty equally hazardous that was recognized by the award of a service, campaign or expeditionary medal of the United States (the military discharge must reflect that medal); The Veteran must also have been a resident of the State of Indiana for not less than 3 consecutive years during his/her lifetime and must be declared service-connected disabled or suffered a service connected death as determined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs or the Department of Defense.

Eligible war time dates are:

WW I: April 6, 1917 and November 11, 1918
WWII: December 7, 1941 and December 31, 1946
Korea: June 27, 1950 and Jan 31, 1955
Vietnam: Aug 5, 1964 and May 7, 1975
Gulf War: August 2, 1990 - present

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Remission of Fees (Free Tuition) for the Child(ren) of a Disabled Veteran (Whose Veteran Parent Initially Entered Military service on or after July 1, 2011): The biological or legally adopted child(ren) of a disabled Veteran may be eligible for remission of fees at any state-supported post-secondary school or university in the State of Indiana. All students must submit a copy of their birth certificate or adoption papers with their application. Applications submitted without the appropriate documentation will be returned to the student.

Note to legally adopted children: This applies at any age as long as the child was adopted by age 18 and the child is a resident of Indiana. The remission of fees/CDV program is a State of Indiana provided program and is not the federal GI Bill education program. CDV students can only use this benefit at a state supported university/college. Each college/university has its own student residency requirements.
Eligibility:
The rules are:

  1. The Veteran must have served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during a period of wartime, or performed duty equally hazardous that was recognized by the award of a service, campaign or expeditionary medal of the United States (the military discharge must reflect that medal); The Veteran must have originally entered military service from Indiana or must have been a resident of the State of Indiana for not less than 5 consecutive years immediately preceding the application. (IC 21-11-7-1).

Eligible wartime dates are:

Recognized wartime periods after June 30, 2011(including a wartime period which began earlier but continued into the eligible period during which the Veteran served).

And:

  1. The Veteran must be declared service-connected disabled or suffered a service connected death as determined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs or the Department of Defense (if the Department of Defense, the Veteran must supply official documentation), Or

  2. The Veteran received a Purple Heart Medal. (Receipt of the medal must be reflected on the Record of Discharge, DD Form 214)

The Remission of Fees is good for 124 semester hours of education and may be used for undergraduate level work only. Depending upon the level of disability of the Veteran the amount remitted can be as much as 100% of tuition and all mandatory fees. Ref: IC 21-14-4-1.

Please Note: The remission of fees/CDV program is a State of Indiana provided program and is not the federal GI Bill education program. CDV students can only use this benefit at a state supported university/college in Indiana.

The following also applies:

  1. Students will be limited to a total of eight (8) years in the program.

  2. Student must not have reached their 32nd birthday at the time of their initial application.

  3. Student must maintain the following grade point average (GPA):

    • Freshman academic year: a cumulative GPA that the eligible institution determines satisfactory academic progress;

    • Sophomore academic year: a cumulative GPA of 2.25 on a 4.0 grading scale, or its equivalent as established by the institution.

    • Junior or senior academic year: a cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 grading scale, or its equivalent as established by the institution.

    • Students not reaching these goals will be placed on probation and must reach the requisite GPA by the next semester or its equivalent.

  4. Student will have their remission of fees prorated based on the VA disability rating as follows:

    • Children of Veterans rated 80% service-connected disabled or higher by the VA or whose Veteran parent is/was a recipient of the Purple Heart Medal will receive 100% fee remission.

    • Children of Veterans rated less than 80% service-connected disabled will receive 20% fee remission plus the disability rating of the Veteran.

    • If the disability rating of the Veteran changes after the beginning of the academic semester, quarter or other period, the change in the disability rating shall be applied beginning with the immediately following academic semester, quarter or other period.

For an application, see http://www.in.gov/dva/2357.htm

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Gold Star Plate: The Gold Star Family license plate is available to the spouses, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, siblings, or children of anyone who died while serving on duty in the military - active, Reserve or National Guard. There is no additional cost for the Gold Star Family license plate. Regular vehicle registration fees and taxes still apply. Eligibility: To be eligible for the plate, Family members must provide an official DD Form 1300 from the Department of Defense. In many cases the Department of Defense issues only one copy of the DD Form 1300, normally to the person who is listed as the next-of-kin. In those cases, the next-of-kin will need to be contacted by other Family members and a copy of the form obtained from him/her. This plate will be available at license branches and other customer service locations. You will be able to display this plate on passenger cars, trucks up to 11,000 pounds, and recreational vehicles. For more information go to: https://myweb.in.gov/BMV/mybmvportal/PlatesAndRegistrations/IndianasLicensePlates/IndianasMilitaryLicensePlates

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The Veterans Home: The Indiana Veterans Home in West Lafayette provides nursing and domiciliary care for any Hoosier Veteran with at least one day of service. To qualify you must have been a resident of Indiana for at least one year, or must have joined the service from Indiana. The Home is open to both Veterans and their spouses.
Eligibility: An honorably discharged member of the armed forces. The spouse or surviving spouse of an honorably discharged member of the armed forces, or An eligible person who has a disability or is destitute is eligible for admission to the Home if the eligible person has been a resident of Indiana for at least one (1) year immediately preceding application for admission to the Home.

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Vital Documents for Veterans Benefits: The Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs and the Indiana State Archives have copies of DD-214's on file for many Hoosier Veterans who entered the service from Indiana. Copies of these will be provided upon request to the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs. Additionally, the Department has recently been receiving National Guard discharge documents (NGB Form 22), which are available upon request. The processing time for such a request is usually one or two weeks. The Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs or your County Veterans Service Officer can assist you with the paperwork to obtain other documents from the federal government. Ref: IC 10-5-7-1. Active duty records may also be requested directly from the appropriate military records custodian or the National Personnel Records Center, Military Personnel Records, 9700 Page Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63132-5100 by completing a Standard Form 180-Request Pertaining to Military Records.

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Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery: The Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery opened for internments on December 1, 1999. The Cemetery is located adjacent to the Madison State Hospital and Clift Falls State Park in Madison, Indiana. There is no charge for the grave site or use of the Chapel for internment services. Any eligible Veteran, spouse or dependent child will be buried at no cost to the Family.
Eligibility: The surviving spouse of an eligible Veteran who had a subsequent remarriage to a non-Veteran and whose death occurred on or after January 1, 2000, is eligible for burial in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery based on his or her marriage to the eligible Veteran. For an application for burial, contact the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs. To schedule an interment contact the Cemetery Superintendent at 1415 North Gate Road, Madison, IN 47250, 812-273-9220/FAX 812-273-9221. Ref: IC 10-5-25.

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Burial allowances: Each County Auditor is authorized to pay up to an amount not to exceed $100 for the burial of a Veteran or the Veteran's spouse, and to pay up to $100 for the setting of a federal headstone or marker. Veterans must have received an honorable discharge, and an application must be filed with the county auditor in the county of residence. Ref: IC 10-5-3-1.

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 Army National Guard Benefits

State Tax Advantage: Current members of the active branches of service, National Guard and Reserves are eligible to receive an exemption of $5,000 on their state income tax return. Veterans who are military retirees over age 60 are eligible for the same exemption.
Eligibility: All Service members currently serving on active duty; members of the Indiana National Guard or Reserves; and Veterans who are military retirees over age 60.

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Educational Assistance (National Guard / Reserve): Effective October 1, 1990, eligible members of the National Guard / Reserve and currently drilling National Guard / Reserve members that served on active duty for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001, may be eligible for an educational assistance allowance for participation in approved apprenticeship and/or On-the-Job Training programs. Contact your National Guard / Reserve Unit to determine eligibility for Chapter 1606 and Chapter 1607 benefits.

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Employment Assistance: State employees receive 15 days military leave per year.
Eligibility: Indiana National Guard and Reserve members.

Employment Assistance for Veterans: The Indiana Department of Workforce Development provides services to Hoosier Veterans. Through the Disabled Veterans' Outreach program (DVOP), and the Local Veterans' Employment Representative (LVER) Program, Workforce Development Offices throughout the State are equipped to assist Hoosier Veterans with their transition from the service to civilian life. The DVOPs specialize in tailored training and job placement opportunities for Veterans with service-connected disabilities. LVERs coordinate services provided Veterans including counseling, testing, and identifying training and employment opportunities.

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Unpaid Leave of Absence: Up to ten (10) days unpaid leave of absence that can be taken in the 30-day period after the Service member receives his/her orders, while they are home on leave during the deployment, or in the 30-day period at the end of their deployment.
Eligibility: The spouse, parent, grandparents or siblings of Veterans ordered to active duty deployments in the Armed Forces or the National Guard and who are employed by an employer who employs over 50 people and has been employed by the employer for at least twelve months.

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Medical Benefits: National Guard members on State Active Duty are entitled to medical and dental care, including hospital as a direct result of injuries/illness/disease process incurred/ aggravated by State Active Duty.
Eligibility: Indiana National Guard members.

Injury/Death Benefits: National Guard members on State Active Duty: members receive pay, allowance, and medical expenses for 90 days. If disabled after 90 days, benefits are the same as federal, including death gratuities, widow's pension and funeral expenses up to $500.
Eligibility: Indiana National Guard members.

Group Insurance: Group Insurance is provided by the Indiana National Guard Association in amounts of $5,000 for $2/mo; $10,000 for $3.33; $15,000 for $5.33; $20,000 for $7.00; $25,000 for $8.67/mo; $35,000 for $12.00/mo; $50,000 for $17/mo and Family plan of $5,000/$10,000 for $3.66 or $6.66 + $1,000 to $10,000 for each child depending on age.
Eligibility: Indiana National Guard members.

The Veterans Home: The Indiana Veterans Home in West Lafayette provides nursing and domiciliary care for any Hoosier Veteran with at least one day of service. To qualify you must have been a resident of Indiana for at least one year, or must have joined the service from Indiana. The Home is open to both Veterans and their spouses.
Eligibility: An honorably discharged member of the armed forces. The spouse or surviving spouse of an honorably discharged member of the armed forces, or An eligible person who has a disability or is destitute is eligible for admission to the Home if the eligible person has been a resident of Indiana for at least one (1) year immediately preceding application for admission to the Home.

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Vital Documents for Veterans Benefits: The Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs and the Indiana State Archives have copies of DD-214's on file for many Hoosier Veterans who entered the service from Indiana. Copies of these will be provided upon request to the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs. Additionally, the Department has recently been receiving National Guard discharge documents (NGB Form 22), which are available upon request. The processing time for such a request is usually one or two weeks. The Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs or your County Veterans Service Officer can assist you with the paperwork to obtain other documents from the federal government. Ref: IC 10-5-7-1. Active duty records may also be requested directly from the appropriate military records custodian or the National Personnel Records Center, Military Personnel Records, 9700 Page Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63132-5100 by completing a Standard Form 180-Request Pertaining to Military Records.

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Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery: The Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery opened for internments on December 1, 1999. The Cemetery is located adjacent to the Madison State Hospital and Clift Falls State Park in Madison, Indiana. There is no charge for the grave site or use of the Chapel for internment services. Any eligible Veteran, spouse or dependent child will be buried at no cost to the Family.
Eligibility: 1) Any Veteran who qualifies under the rules established by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and was separated under other than dishonorable conditions 2) Any Reservist or National Guard member who was eligible for retirement pay at the time of death, 3) Any Veteran who dies on active duty in the line of duty , 4) The eligible spouse of an approved Veteran, 5) The child of a Veteran (unmarried, under 21, or before 23 years of age if pursuing a full-time course of instruction at an approved educational institute, or the lifelong dependent of the Veteran), or 6) The surviving spouse of an eligible Veteran who had a subsequent remarriage to a non-Veteran and whose death occurred on or after January 1, 2000, is eligible for burial in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery based on his or her marriage to the eligible Veteran. For an application for burial, contact the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs. To schedule an interment contact the Cemetery Superintendent at 1415 North Gate Road, Madison, IN 47250, 812-273-9220/FAX 812-273-9221. Ref: IC 10-5-25.

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Burial allowances: Each County Auditor is authorized to pay up to an amount not to exceed $100 for the burial of a Veteran or the Veteran's spouse, and to pay up to $100 for the setting of a federal headstone or marker. Veterans must have received an honorable discharge, and an application must be filed with the county auditor in the county of residence. Ref: IC 10-5-3-1.

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Military Family Relief Fund: Beginning on January 2, 2007, the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) began accepting grant applications from the Families of deployed or recently deployed National Guard members and members of the Selected Reserves. Effective April 30, 2009, certain active duty Service members are eligible.
The emergency grants may be used by the Families for needs such as food, housing, utilities, medical services, transportation, and other essential Family support expenses that were caused by the mobilization of the Service member. Grants up to $5,000 will be awarded to Families to alleviate these needs and may be applied for annually, if required.
Eligibility: The requirements are:

  1. The Service member must be serving honorably or must have received an honorable discharge.

  2. The need for financial assistance must have occurred during the time that the individual served on active duty (no pre-existing financial difficulties will be considered).

  3. The qualified individual has served at least 30 days of active duty. Grants will also be awarded for Families still suffering hardships for up to six months after demobilization.

  4. There is a documented need for financial assistance for necessities of daily living that include food, clothing, housing, utilities, medical service, prescriptions, insurance payments or other needs.

  5. The applicant to the fund must fill out a complete application with proof that the qualified individual or Family member has incurred a specific monetary expense related to the necessities listed above.

  6. The applicant in order to be eligible must show that the need is due to the mobilization/ deployment, have incurred a significant increase in the necessities of daily living, or have suffered a significant emergency that warrants financial assistance.

  7. Proof of active duty which consists of a copy of orders issued by an authorized headquarters and documentation that the duty was actually performed.

  8. The applicant must sign and date the application.

  9. The qualified individual or Family member can only receive $5,000 in grants from the Family relief fund in any one calendar year. The Director of the Indiana Dept. of Veterans Affairs may waive the requirements for emergent cases only upon written request indicating the circumstances justifying such a waiver.

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U.S. Army Reserve Benefits

State Tax Advantage: Current members of the active branches of service, National Guard and Reserves are eligible to receive an exemption of $5,000 on their state income tax return. Veterans who are military retirees over age 60 are eligible for the same exemption.
Eligibility: All Service members currently serving on active duty; members of the Indiana National Guard or Reserves; and Veterans who are military retirees over age 60.

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Educational Assistance (National Guard / Reserve): Effective October 1, 1990, eligible members of the National Guard / Reserve and currently drilling National Guard / Reserve members that served on active duty for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001, may be eligible for an educational assistance allowance for participation in approved apprenticeship and/or On-the-Job Training programs. Contact your National Guard / Reserve Unit to determine eligibility for Chapter 1606 and Chapter 1607 benefits.

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Employment Assistance: State employees receive 15 days military leave per year.
Eligibility: Indiana National Guard and Reserve members.

Employment Assistance for Veterans: The Indiana Department of Workforce Development provides services to Hoosier Veterans. Through the Disabled Veterans' Outreach program (DVOP), and the Local Veterans' Employment Representative (LVER) Program, Workforce Development Offices throughout the State are equipped to assist Hoosier Veterans with their transition from the service to civilian life. The DVOPs specialize in tailored training and job placement opportunities for Veterans with service-connected disabilities. LVERs coordinate services provided Veterans including counseling, testing, and identifying training and employment opportunities.

Learn more

The Veterans Home: The Indiana Veterans Home in West Lafayette provides nursing and domiciliary care for any Hoosier Veteran with at least one day of service. To qualify you must have been a resident of Indiana for at least one year, or must have joined the service from Indiana. The Home is open to both Veterans and their spouses. Ref: IC 10-6-1-7.
Eligibility: An honorably discharged member of the armed forces. The spouse or surviving spouse of an honorably discharged member of the armed forces, or An eligible person who has a disability or is destitute is eligible for admission to the Home if the eligible person has been a resident of Indiana for at least one (1) year immediately preceding application for admission to the Home.

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Vital Documents for Veterans Benefits: The Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs and the Indiana State Archives have copies of DD-214's on file for many Hoosier Veterans who entered the service from Indiana. Copies of these will be provided upon request to the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs. Additionally, the Department has recently been receiving National Guard discharge documents (NGB Form 22), which are available upon request. The processing time for such a request is usually one or two weeks. The Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs or your County Veterans Service Officer can assist you with the paperwork to obtain other documents from the federal government. Ref: IC 10-5-7-1. Active duty records may also be requested directly from the appropriate military records custodian or the National Personnel Records Center, Military Personnel Records, 9700 Page Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63132-5100 by completing a Standard Form 180-Request Pertaining to Military Records.

Learn more

Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery: The Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery opened for internments on December 1, 1999. The Cemetery is located adjacent to the Madison State Hospital and Clift Falls State Park in Madison, Indiana. There is no charge for the grave site or use of the Chapel for internment services. Any eligible Veteran, spouse or dependent child will be buried at no cost to the Family.
Eligibility: 1) Any Veteran who qualifies under the rules established by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and was separated under other than dishonorable conditions 2) Any Reservist or National Guard member who was eligible for retirement pay at the time of death, 3) Any Veteran who dies on active duty in the line of duty , 4) The eligible spouse of an approved Veteran, 5) The child of a Veteran (unmarried, under 21, or before 23 years of age if pursuing a full-time course of instruction at an approved educational institute, or the lifelong dependent of the Veteran), or 6) The surviving spouse of an eligible Veteran who had a subsequent remarriage to a non-Veteran and whose death occurred on or after January 1, 2000, is eligible for burial in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery based on his or her marriage to the eligible Veteran. For an application for burial, contact the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs. To schedule an interment contact the Cemetery Superintendent at 1415 North Gate Road, Madison, IN 47250, 812-273-9220/FAX 812-273-9221. Ref: IC 10-5-25.

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Burial allowances: Each County Auditor is authorized to pay up to an amount not to exceed $100 for the burial of a Veteran or the Veteran's spouse, and to pay up to $100 for the setting of a federal headstone or marker. Veterans must have received an honorable discharge, and an application must be filed with the county auditor in the county of residence. Ref: IC 10-5-3-1.

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Military Family Relief Fund: Beginning on January 2, 2007, the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) began accepting grant applications from the Families of deployed or recently deployed National Guard members and members of the Selected Reserves. Effective April 30, 2009, certain active duty Service members are eligible.
The emergency grants may be used by the Families for needs such as food, housing, utilities, medical services, transportation, and other essential Family support expenses that were caused by the mobilization of the Service member. Grants up to $5,000 will be awarded to Families to alleviate these needs and may be applied for annually, if required.
Eligibility: The requirements are:

  1. The Service member must be serving honorably or must have received an honorable discharge.

  2. The need for financial assistance must have occurred during the time that the individual served on active duty (no pre-existing financial difficulties will be considered).

  3. The qualified individual has served at least 30 days of active duty. Grants will also be awarded for Families still suffering hardships for up to six months after demobilization.

  4. There is a documented need for financial assistance for necessities of daily living that include food, clothing, housing, utilities, medical service, prescriptions, insurance payments or other needs.

  5. The applicant to the fund must fill out a complete application with proof that the qualified individual or Family member has incurred a specific monetary expense related to the necessities listed above.

  6. The applicant in order to be eligible must show that the need is due to the mobilization/ deployment, have incurred a significant increase in the necessities of daily living, or have suffered a significant emergency that warrants financial assistance.

  7. Proof of active duty which consists of a copy of orders issued by an authorized headquarters and documentation that the duty was actually performed.

  8. The applicant must sign and date the application.

  9. The qualified individual or Family member can only receive $5,000 in grants from the Family relief fund in any one calendar year. The Director of the Indiana Dept. of Veterans Affairs may waive the requirements for emergent cases only upon written request indicating the circumstances justifying such a waiver.

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Military Installations and Veterans Affairs Facilities in Indiana


Active Duty:
Army
No active duty Army installations are located in Indiana.

Navy
Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane
http://www.navsea.navy.mil/nswc/crane/default.aspx

National Guard:
Indiana National Guard
http://www.in.ng.mil/

Grissom Air Reserve Base (ARB), Indiana: Grissom ARB offers a small Base Exchange, Military ID and DEERS services, Legal Office and Family Readiness Office.
http://www.grissom.afrc.af.mil/

United States Army Reserve (USAR)
Regional Readiness Command (RRC) Headquarters, 88th RRC

http://www.usar.army.mil/ourstory/commands/88RSC/Pages/default.aspx

 

Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Facilities in Indiana:

Veterans Health Administration

VA Medical Centers
Fort Wayne: VA Northern Indiana Health Care System-Fort Wayne Campus, 2121 Lake Ave, 260-426-5431 / 800-360-8387
Indianapolis: Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center ,1481 West 10th St, 317-554-0000
Marion: VA Northern Indiana Health Care System - Marion Campus, 1700 E 38th St, 765-674-3321 / 800-360-8387

Outpatient Clinics
Crown Point: Adam Benjamin, Jr. OPC, 9301 Madison St, 219-662-5000 / Fax: 219-662-5188

Community Based Outpatient Clinics
Bloomington: Bloomington VA Outpatient Clinic, 455 South Landmark Ave, 812-336-5723 / Fax: 317-988-5509
Goshen: Goshen VA Outpatient Clinic, 2014 Lincolnway East Suite #3, 888-683-3019
Greendale: Lawrenceburg (Dearrborn) Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 1600 Flossie Dr, 812-539-2313
Indianapolis: Indy West, 1481 West 10th St, 317-554-0000
Martinsville: Martinsville CBOC, 2200 John R. Wooden Dr, 317-554-0000 ext. 80147 / 317-988-4498 / Fax: 317-988-5512
Muncie: Muncie/Anderson VA Outpatient Clinic, 2600 W White River Blvd, 765-284-6822 / Fax: 765-284-5603
New Albany: VA Healthcare Center, New Albany, 811 Northgate Blvd, 502-287-4100
Peru: Peru Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 750 N Broadway, 765-472-8900 / Fax: 765-472-8999
Richmond: Richmond Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 4351 South A St, 765-973-6915 / Fax: 765-965-6936
Scottsburg: VA Healthcare Center, Scottsburg County, 1467 N. Scott Valley Dr, 877-690-1938
South Bend: South Bend VA Outpatient Clinic, 333 W Western Ave, 574-299-4847 / Fax: 574-299-9073
Terre Haute: Terre Haute VA Outpatient Clinic, 110 W. Honeycreek Pkwy, 812-232-2890 / Fax: 317-988-5510
Vincennes: Vincennes Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 1813 Willow St Suite 6A, 812-882-0894 / Fax: 812-882-5031
West Lafayette: West Lafayette VA Outpatient Clinic, 3851 North River Rd, 765-464-2280 / Fax: 765-464-2279

Vet Center
Crown Point: Gary Area Vet Center, 107 E. 93rd Ave, 219-736-5633 / 877-927-8387 / Fax; 219-736-5937
Evansville: Evansville Vet Center, 311 N. Weinbach Ave, 812-473-5993 Or 877-927-8387 / Fax: 812-473-4028
Fort Wayne: Fort Wayne Vet Center, 5800 Fairfield Ave, Suite 265, 260-460-1456 / 877-927-8387 / Fax: 260-45-0829
Indianapolis: Indianapolis Vet Center, 8330 Naab Rd, Suite 103, 317-988-1600 / 877-927-8387 / Fax: 317-988-1617
South Bend: South Bend Vet Center, 4727 Miami St, 574-231-8480 / 877-927-9397 / Fax: 574-231-8579

Veterans Benefits Administration
VA Regional Office
Indianapolis: Indianapolis Regional Office, 575 N Pennsylvania St, 800-827-1000

National Cemetery Administration
Memorial Service Network
Indianapolis: Indianapolis Memorial Service Network, 575 North Pennsylvania St, 317-916-3790 / Fax: 317-226-0206

National Cemetery
Indianapolis: Crown Hill National Cemetery, 700 West 38th St, 765-674-0284 / Fax: 765-674-4521
Marion: Marion National Cemetery, 1700 East 38th St, 765-674-0284 / Fax: 765-674-4521
New Albany: New Albany National Cemetery, 1943 Ekin Ave, 502-893-3852 / Fax; 502-893-6612

Learn more

Resources

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

http://www.in.gov/dva/

http://www.nationalguard.com/

http://www2.va.gov/directory/guide/state.asp?State=IN&dnum=ALL

http://www.in.gov/bmv/index.htm

http://www.in.gov/dva/files/IDVA_State_Benefits_Booklet_5-25-12.pdf

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

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

http://www.in.gov/dva/2370.htm

Document Review Date: 12 September 2013