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
Military Service Earned Income Deduction (Active Duty): Current members of the active branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, National Guard and Reserves are eligible to receive an exemption of $5,000 on their state income tax return. If married and both Spouses are Service members, the maximum exemption doubles to $10,000.Eligibility: All Service members currently serving on active duty, full-time National Guard (AGR) or in the Active Reserve component. Military income must be verified by tax documents and included in all returns.
*Note: military income earned in a combat zone may be exempt on federal tax returns. If the income is exempt on Federal tax returns, then it will also be exempt for Indiana tax purposes. Also, if the applicant retired and earned both military pay and retirement pay in the same year, the total deduction may not be more than $5,000 for each qualifying person.
For more information about this deduction, view Information Bulletin #27.
National Guard/Reserve Members Earned Income Deduction: A deduction is available for income received by members of the National Guard or Army Reserve while deployed and mobilized for full-time service, or during the period the member's National Guard unit was federalized.
Eligibility: National Guard or Reserve member who is mobilized for Federal service under Title 10 USC. For more information about this deduction, view Information Bulletin #27. Please refer to page 22 of the IT-40 Instruction Booklet for additional information and examples.
Nonresident Military Spouse Earned Income Deduction: The Military Spouses Residency Relief Act (P.L. No. 111-97) was signed into law on Nov 11, 2009. This law allows a military Service member's Spouse to keep a tax domicile throughout the marriage under certain conditions, and applies to income earned after Dec.31, 2008.
Eligibility: An Indiana nonresident military Spouse may be eligible for a deduction if:
Indiana is not the military Service member's state of domicile as reported on the Service member's Form DD-2058;
The military Service member and Spouse are domiciliaries of the same state;
The military Service member is in Indiana on military orders;
The military Service member's Spouse is in Indiana in order to live with the Service member and resides at the same address; and
The Indiana-source earned income is included on Indiana Schedule A on line 1B, 2B and/or 7B.
Earned income for the purposes of this deduction includes:
Wages, salaries, tips, and other compensation from Indiana sources, and/or;
Income from a sole proprietorship (reported on federal Schedule C or C-EZ) from Indiana sources.
To determine eligibility for the claim, complete Schedule IN-2058SP (Nonresident Military Spouse Earned Income Deduction). This deduction is available for tax year 2009 and beyond, and may be claimed if the applicant is filing Form IT-40PNR (for full-year and part-year Indiana nonresidents).
Retired Military Pay: Military retirees who are age 60 are entitled to deduct up to $5,000 of military or survivor benefits.
Eligibility: Retired military Service members are eligible for this deduction if:
The retiree was at least 60 years of age by the end of the year;
The retiree received military retirement during the year; and
The total benefits received as retirement income were reported on the federal return.
If the retiree is married and the Spouse is also a military retiree, the amount deducted may be increased to a maximum of $10,000.
*Note: If the retiree earned both military pay and retirement pay in the same year, the total deduction may not be more than $5,000 for each qualifying person.
For more information about this deduction, view Information Bulletin #6.
Military Disability Retired Pay: Disabled retirees receiving disability retirement pay may be eligible to subtract up to $5,200 of their payments from gross income.
Eligibility: To qualify for this deduction you must have:
Been permanently and totally disabled at the time of retirement;
Retired on disability before the end of the tax year; and
Received disability retirement income.
A physician's statement must accompany the deduction sheet for each person claiming the deduction. The amount subtracted is limited to the amount of disability pay received or $100/week, whichever is less. Also, this may have to be reduced by part of the retiree's federal adjusted gross income.
Spouses may also be eligible to subtract up to $5,200 of disability payments (for a maximum of $10,400) if the couple files a joint return and the Spouse meets all of the above requirements.
VA Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: Not subject to federal or state taxes.
Military SBP/ RCSBP/RSFPP: A surviving Spouse of a person who was in the military and receiving survivor benefit income is eligible to receive an exemption of $5,000 on their state income tax return. For more information about this deduction, view Information Bulletin #6.
Eligibility: The recipient must be at least 60 years of age, receiving survivor's benefits during the year; and the total benefits received were reported on their federal return.
Property Tax Exemption: Property tax deductions are available to disabled Hoosier Veterans under the following conditions:
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
The deduction is available to surviving Spouses who are at least 60 years old
$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.
The Surviving Spouse of an individual may receive the deduction.
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.
Please click here for the application and eligibility form.
High School Diploma Program for Veterans: Veterans who served between the following dates may apply to the Indiana Department of Veterans' Affairs for issuance of a high school diploma:
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)
Eligibility: Veterans must have:
attended public or nonpublic high school in Indiana prior to military service,
been a student in good standing,
not graduated or received 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 an application to the Indiana Department of Veteran Affairs.
Waiver of Tuition and Fees for Children of Disabled Veterans: The biological or legally adopted Child(ren) of an eligible disabled Veteran may be eligible for free or reduced tuition at any state-supported post-secondary school or university in the state of Indiana. The free or reduced tuition is limited to a maximum of 124 semester hours of education at an eligible Indiana institution; click here for a list of eligible institutions.
Eligibility: The Veteran Parent must meet the following criteria:
Served in the U.S. Armed Forces, and received a discharge or separation under other than dishonorable conditions, AND
Served during a period of war or other hazardous duty which was recognized by a service or campaign medal, OR
Received the Purple Heart or wounds as a result of enemy action, OR
Suffered a service-connected death or disability as determined by the Dept. of Veterans' Affairs, AND
Resided in Indiana for at least 36 consecutive months in his or her lifetime.
Eligible war time dates are:
- 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
Veteran Parent Enlistment on/before June 30, 2011: If the Veteran Parent initially enlisted before June 30, 2011, the following criteria for the Child applies:
The Child must be eligible for the resident tuition rate in the school which he/she will attend
If the Child is legally adopted, he/she must have been adopted before the age of 24.
There is no time limit in which to use the tuition waiver. The benefit will pay 100% of tuition and fees at an eligible Indiana institution as a supplement to other state grants. The benefit may be used at the undergraduate, graduate and professional degree level. However, tuition and fees will be paid at the undergraduate rate.
Please reference the Stanley Memo for more information in this category.
Veteran Parent Enlistment on/after July 1, 2011: If the Veteran parent initially enlisted after June 30, 2011, the following criteria for the Child applies:
The Child must be eligible for the resident tuition rate in the school which he/she will attend
Possesses the requisite academic qualifications
Is not more than 32 years old when he/she first applies for and is eligible to receive the benefit.
If the Child is legally adopted, he/she must have been adopted before the age of 18.
The allotted credit hours (124) must be used within 8 years after the date the Child first applied.
The benefit will pay 100% of tuition and fees at an eligible Indiana institution as a supplement to state grants if the Veteran parent suffered a disability with a rating of 80% or more. If the Veteran parent suffered a disability with a rating of less than 80%, the rate of remission for tuition and fees is 20% plus the disability rating (for example, a 50% disability = 70% remission). The benefit may be used at the undergraduate and professional degree level. However, tuition and fees will be paid at the undergraduate rate.
Please reference IC 21-14-4 for more information in this category.
Children of POW/MIA Service Members: This benefit will pay 100% of tuition and fees for the Child(ren) regardless of enlistment date. However, if the Parent enlisted on/after July 1, 2011, the allotted 124 credit hours must be used within 8 years after the date the Child first applied. The Child must have been born or legally adopted and in the legal custody of the Service member during the period the POW/MIA status was declared.
The following additional criteria apply for POW/MIA Service members:
The POW/MIA must have been a resident of Indiana at the time of enlistment; and
The POW/MIA status must have been declared while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces after January 1, 1960.
The application can be found here for Children of Service members who enlisted on or before June 30, 2011. If the Service member enlisted after July 1, 2011, please contact the Indiana Department of Veterans' Affairs for the application. Please do not include instruction sheets with the application.
Educational Assistance (National Guard / Reserve): 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/or 1607 benefits.
Remission of Fees for Former Morton Memorial High School Students: The Indiana General Assembly established defined educational benefits for those living at the Indiana Soldier's and Sailor's Home for Children (ISSCH) and/or admitted to Morton Memorial High School due to a Family member's service in the U.S. Armed Forces. The benefit covers up to 124 credit hours of tuition and regularly assessed fees as defined by the Commission for Higher Education and the Division of Student Financial Aid to attend a state-supported institution. The benefit is paid by SFA to schools upon receipt of the bill. The 124 hours of aid benefit provided by this program represents any and all grant aid paid by the state of Indiana no matter the source, but is separate and distinct from any other tuition-specific aid the student may receive.
Also, students qualifying for the remission of fees can receive remission of costs for course-related books. Students can continue to receive remission of cost for books after exhausting the 124 credit hour maximum.
Eligibility: To be eligible, the applicant must maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP) as determined by the college, not be in default or overpayment of a student loan or grant, and annually file the appropriate and error-free academic year's Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Courses must be for college credit. Only the institutions listed on the application are eligible to participate in this benefit. Eligibility is not limited by the age of the applicant and can be used as an undergraduate or graduate student. However, tuition and fees will be paid at the undergraduate rate charged by the school.
Remission of Fees for Purple Heart Recipients: A Veteran 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. Please click here for the application.
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:
Laura Snyder, MIC3 Commissioner, Accounts Payable Supervisor, Indiana Department of Education
Address: 9501 North Forest View Dr, Brazil, IN 47384
Anne Tedore, State Youth Coordinator, Indiana National Guard Family Programs
Address: 2002 South Holt Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46421
Phone: 317-247-3300 x85441
Amanda Culhan, Program Coordinator for School Counseling, Indiana Department of Education
Address: South Tower, Suite 600, 115 W. Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204
Employment Assistance: State employees receive 15 days military leave per year.
Eligibility: Indiana National Guard and Reserve members.
Military Family Leave: 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.
Voluntary Veterans' Preference Policy for Private Employers: A private employer may implement a policy granting preference to Veterans regarding hiring, promotion, or retention during a reduction in force. The policy must be in writing and readily available for viewing in the workplace or on their website when performing a job search.
Veterans Hiring Preference (State): Indiana offers Veterans' preference in State Government employment for Veterans, their surviving Spouses and the Spouses of disabled Veterans. Employment preferences, where numerically based examinations are used as a device for selections, consists of adding ten points to the score of Veterans, disabled Veterans, Spouses of disabled or missing Veterans, and Widow(er)s of Veterans who lost their life during a period of war. Indiana Veterans can find assistance through their local county Veterans' Service Offices.
Eligibility: To be eligible, a person must have:
Served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for at least 181 days
Received an honorable discharge.
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.
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
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.
Motor Vehicle Tax Exemption for Disabled Veterans: Eligible disabled Veterans may claim a credit against tax imposed upon a motor vehicle owned by the Veteran.
Eligibility: The Veteran must meet all the following requirements:
The Veteran served in the U.S. Armed Forces during any of its wars and received an honorable discharge,
The Veteran has a service-connected disability of 10% or more and is evidenced by a pension certificate, award letter of compensation, disability compensation check issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs, or a certificate of eligibility issued by the Indiana Department of Veterans' Affairs, OR
The individual served at least 90 days in the U.S. Armed Forces, received an honorable discharge, and is either totally disabled or is at least 62 years of age and has a disability rating of at least ten percent
The Veteran does not own property to which a property tax deduction may be applied under IC 6-1.1-12-13
Surviving Spouses may qualify for this exemption if the deceased Veteran would have been alive and eligible for this credit in 2013, or previously received a credit under this section.
*Note: The Veteran or Spouse may claim up to TWO vehicles for the tax credit under this section. The maximum amount of the excise tax liability is $70. An individual may not claim a vehicle credit and a property tax credit at the same time.
Active Duty/Veteran Indicator for Driver License/ID Card: Active-duty Service members and Veterans may choose to have an indicator placed on their driver's license or ID Card. This designator is a "V" which is located on the back of the card for Veterans and an "AM" for active Service members.
Eligibility: The Veteran must provide a DD214 or other document from the Department of Defense verifying an honorable discharge to the BMV. An active-duty Service member must produce a military ID card. There is no additional charge for the designation other than the regular renewal/replacement fees for a license/ID card.
Military Personnel Driver's License Extension/Renewal/Replacement:
Extension: The driver's license of any Indiana resident serving in the U.S. Armed Forces and residing outside Indiana (or their Spouse and dependent(s)) remains valid for 90 days after discharge or post-deployment regardless of the expiration date of the license. The Military Extension Letter must be printed and carried with the Service member, along with a copy of military orders in order for this extension to be valid.
Once a licensee has returned to Indiana after completion of military duty, deployment, or discharge and is holding an expired license, he/she is exempt from knowledge and skills test requirements and delinquent fees as long as the individual applies within 90 days of discharge at an Indiana BMV branch. Applicants will also have to pass a vision screening and provide identification verification based on Indiana BMV requirements. Proof of deployment, discharge, or an active military ID card must also be presented at time of renewal.
Renewals/replacements: Indiana driver license holders may renew or replace their driver's license online if the following criteria are met:
Name and residential address has remained the same since the last time a license was received
Previous renewal transaction was completed in a license branch.
To renew or replace a license online, the customer will need to provide the driver's license number, legal ZIP code, and last four of the Social Security number.
If the licensee is temporarily residing outside Indiana and the license has been lost or stolen while out-of-state, he/she may attempt to renew or replace the license online or request a 30-day interim credential that will allow the licensee to return to Indiana and obtain a replacement license. The credential may be received by submitting a completed Request for Interim/Extension License-State Form 54580 to the Indiana BMV.
Military CDL Skills Waiver Program: The BMV may waive the required drive skills test for select Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces with specific drive training and were truck drivers during their military service when they apply for an Indiana Commercial Driver's License (CDL).
Eligibility: The skills test requirement may be waived for a Veteran who completed an approved military driver training program and operated a truck as a regular duty. A professional truck driver position with a specific military occupational specialty (MOS) 88M, which includes completion of a comprehensive truck driver training program, evidenced by a valid DA1059 with an MOS of "Motor Transport Operator Course" is sufficient for the BMV to waive the skills test.
If the applicant has not completed the transport course with an MOS of 88M but has two years of commercial motor vehicle (CMV) safe driving experience in military equivalents of CMVs, the applicant must take the skills test. The testing fee and vehicle rental will be reimbursed if the applicant passes the skills test.
Application Process: Please follow these steps to apply:
Visit a BMV branch, pass required written tests(s) and have Commercial Learner's Permit (CLP) issued.
Complete, save and print the Certification for Military CDL Skills Test Waiver form; Secure the signature of the applicant's Commanding Officer, or responsible person in his/her military chain of command, attesting to the applicant's military driving experience; and provide copy of DD214;
Provide copy of DD1059 or letter from commander stating applicant has operated a CMV for at least ninety (90) days immediately preceding discharge from the military; and a copy of military CDL.
Fax the above documents to 317-974-1615, or drop off to any DMV branch. The packet may also be mailed to:
Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles
Attn: CDL Programs
100 North Senate Avenue
IGCN, Room N 481
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Army Veteran: The Army Veteran plate is available to any active Service member, with a current military identification card and a current Leave and Earnings Statement or a non-active duty Service member with a DD214 or other military documents issued by the United States Department of Defense verifying a Veteran's honorable discharge from the armed forces. If you have a "V" military indicator on your driver's license, you can show this in place of your DD214 or other military documents. The cost of the Army Veteran license plate includes vehicle registration fees, taxes, and a group fee of $15.
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 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. This plate cannot be renewed online. Ref: IC 9-18-18-1, IC 9-18-18-2
National Guard Plate: the National Guard plate is available to active members of the Indiana Army or Air National Guard. Present a current armed forces identification card and an authorization form (Form 402A for Indiana Army, Form 402AF for Air National Guard) from your unit commander identifying you as a current, active member. The cost of the National Guard license plate includes only vehicle registration fees and taxes. This plate cannot be renewed online.
Ex-Prisoner of War Plates: The Ex-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
Pearl Harbor Survivor License Plate: The Pearl Harbor Survivor License plate is available to any person who was an active member of the United States armed forces and served at Pearl Harbor at the time of the Pearl Harbor attack. Military documentation verifying service at the time of the attack is required to obtain this license plate at any license branch or partner location. The cost of the Pearl Harbor Survivor license plate includes only vehicle registration fees and taxes.
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. The cost of the Support Our Troops license plate includes vehicle registration fees and taxes, and a group fee of $20.
Gold Star Family 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. This plate cannot be renewed online.
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 26458, Indianapolis, Indiana 46226.
For more information on each plate, see eligibility for Veteran license plates.
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 $3.66; $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 $3.33 or $6.66 + $1,000 to $10,000 for each Child depending on age. The coverage may be continued after leaving the National Guard until age 65. The Insurance Coverage elected will remain level until age 60. When the Insured attains age 60 (Guard Member, Spouse or Dependent), the benefits will be reduced by 50% and the premium will remain the same. All optional coverages expire on the last day of the month in which the member attains age 65.
Eligibility: Indiana National Guard members.
Workers Compensation: State Active Duty National Guard members receive worker's compensation benefits.
Eligibility: Indiana Air and Army National Guard members.
Golden Hoosier Passport: A Hoosier Golden Passport provides unlimited admission to all Indiana State owned parks, recreation areas, reservoirs, and forests. It is not valid for 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.
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 with a resident license.
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 in Indiana.
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 the reduced fee of $2.75 or a 10 year DAV license for $27.50.
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, authorizes the reduced fee, and is verified by the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs.
*Note: The DAV license is good for small game hunting and fishing only. Waterfowl, Trout/Salmon, deer, and turkey stamps may be purchased at the regular rate.
For more information, please contact the Indiana Department of Natural Resources at 317-232-4200 or the Indiana Department of Veterans' Affairs at 317-232-3910. Ref: IC 14-8-2-228.3
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF): The TANF program offered through the Indiana Dept. of Veterans' Affairs is available to assist military Service members and their immediate Families to proactively become self-sustaining and encourage strong family bonds.
The TANF program objectives are to:
Provide assistance for childcare so that low-income Families may look for employment, be able to maintain a job or attend classes.
Help parents to become self-sustaining by promoting life enrichment training, career preparation and advancement, in addition to sustaining healthy martial relations.
Educate individuals in Family planning and parenting with the goal to reduce unplanned pregnancies before marriage and to provide valuable parenting skills.
Encourage and maintain two-parent Families through premarital counseling and marriage retreats.
Eligibility: Service members must have a dependent Child for some benefits. However, if there is no dependent, the Service member can be guided to an appropriate advisor for assistance.
Please fill out the application and send by fax, mail, or present at the office along with any required documentation. Mailing/office address is as follows:
Indiana Department of Veterans' Affairs
302 W. Washington St, Ste E-120
Indianapolis, IN 46204
If a Service member needs immediate assistance, please contact one of the TANF Program Managers:
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
The Veterans' Home: The Indiana Veterans' Home in West Lafayette provides several levels of care for their residents. Residents of the Veterans' Home enjoy amenities such as the library and media center, gardens, crafts and hobbies, chapel, beauty shop, transportation services and a busy schedule of recreation and activities.
The Indiana Veterans' Home provides several levels of care:
Short-term rehabilitative care for those recovering from surgery, illness or injury
Around-the-clock nursing care
Dedicated memory care unit for those with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias
Residents receive premier nursing care, with board-certified physicians and onsite specialty care, including:
Physical and occupational therapy
Speech and hearing therapy
An honorably discharged Veteran of the United States armed forces, or the Spouse (or surviving Spouse) of an honorably discharged Veteran of the United States armed forces
An Indiana resident for at least one (1) year immediately preceding application for admission (residency waivers may apply for Service members who enlisted from, or discharged to, the state of Indiana)
Applicants must also pass a criminal background check conducted by the Indiana Veterans' Home.
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. 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.
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.
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. They are your liaison for all Veteran issues.
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.
Veterans and Members of the Armed Forces
Any member of the Armed Forces of the United States who dies on active duty.
Any Veteran who was discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. With certain exceptions, service beginning after September 7, 1980, as an enlisted person, and service after October 16, 1981, as an officer, must be for a minimum of 24 continuous months or the full period for which the person was called to active duty (as in the case of a Reservist called to active duty for a limited duration). Undesirable, bad conduct, and any other type of discharge other than honorable may or may not qualify the individual for Veterans benefits, depending upon a determination made by a VA Regional Office and/or the Indiana Department of Veterans' Affairs. Cases presenting multiple discharges of varying character are also referred for adjudication to a VA Regional Office and/or the Indiana Department of Veterans' Affairs.
Any citizen of the United States who, during any war in which the United States has or may be engaged, served in the Armed Forces of any Government allied with the United States during that war, whose last active service was terminated honorably by death or otherwise, and who was a citizen of the United States at the time of entry into such service and at the time of death.
Members of Reserve Components and Reserve Officers' Training Corps
Reservists and National Guard members who, at time of death, were entitled to retired pay under Chapter 1223, title 10, United States Code, or would have been entitled, but for being under the age of 60. Specific categories of individuals eligible for retired pay are delineated in section 12731 of Chapter 1223, title 10, United States Code.
Members of reserve components, and members of the Army National Guard or the Air National Guard, who die while hospitalized or undergoing treatment at the expense of the United States for injury or disease contracted or incurred under honorable conditions while performing active duty for training or inactive duty training, or undergoing such hospitalization or treatment.
Members of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps of the Army, Navy, or Air Force who die under honorable conditions while attending an authorized training camp or on an authorized cruise, while performing authorized travel to or from that camp or cruise, or while hospitalized or undergoing treatment at the expense of the United States for injury or disease contracted or incurred under honorable conditions while engaged in one of those activities.
Members of reserve components who, during a period of active duty for training, were disabled or died from a disease or injury incurred or aggravated in line of duty or, during a period of inactive duty training, were disabled or died from an injury or certain cardiovascular disorders incurred or aggravated in line of duty.
Spouses and Dependents
The Spouse or surviving Spouse of an eligible Veteran is eligible for interment in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery even if that Veteran is not buried or memorialized at the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery. In addition, the Spouse or surviving Spouse of a member of the Armed Forces of the United States whose remains are unavailable for burial is also eligible for burial.
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.
The minor Children of an eligible Veteran. For purpose of burial in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery, a minor Child is a Child who is unmarried and:
Who is under 21 years of age; or,
Who is under 23 years of age and pursuing a full-time course of instruction at an approved educational institution.
The unmarried adult Child of an eligible Veteran. For purpose of burial in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery, an unmarried adult Child is: Of any age but became permanently physically or mentally disabled and incapable of self-support before reaching 21 years of age, or before reaching 23 years of age if pursuing a full-time course of instruction at an approved educational institution. Proper supporting documentation must be provided.
There is no charge for the burial of an eligible Veteran in the Indiana Memorial Veterans' Cemetery. For Spouses and Children, there is a fee for burial in the Cemetery. The fee will be determined by the type of grave site. The cost of internment for a Spouse or Child will be payable at time of internment; costs may not be pre-paid. The fees for burial are set by the State of Indiana and are subject to change.
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.
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 July 1, 2014, all military Service members who served on or after September 11, 2001 may be eligible to receive a one-time emergency grant.
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 $2,500 will be awarded to Families to alleviate these needs and may be applied for annually, if required. Grants will be considered by the Indiana Veterans' Affairs Commission, and the applicant will be advised.
*Note: The Director of the Indiana Department of Veterans' Affairs may waive the requirements for emergency cases only upon written request indicating the circumstances justifying such a waiver.
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.
Please submit the completed application, W9, and Direct Deposit Form to:
Indiana Department of Veterans' Affairs
ATTN: Military Family Relief Fund
302 W. Washington St, Room E-120
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Applications may also be faxed to 317-232-7721
For more information, please contact Arianne Jimenez at 317-232-3910 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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
302 West Washington Street, RM E120
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Also, applicants may fax the completed Registry Form 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.
Military Installations in Indiana
Please see the Indiana Resource Locator for additional information
No active duty Army installations are located in Indiana.
Indiana Army National Guard
Indiana Air National Guard:
United States Army Reserve (USAR)
Regional Readiness Command (RRC) Headquarters, 88th RRC
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 (Indianapolis 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
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, 2606 Peddlers Village Rd, 574-534-6108
Greendale: Lawrenceburg (Dearborn) Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 1600 Flossie Dr, 812-539-2313
Indianapolis: Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center, 1481 West 10th St, 317-554-0000
Martinsville: Martinsville CBOC, 2200 John R. Wooden Dr, 317-554-0000 x80120 / 317-988-0120 / 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, 765-472-8907 / Fax: 765-472-8999
Richmond: Richmond Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 1010 N. J St, 765-973-6915 / Fax: 765-965-6936
Scottsburg: VA Healthcare Center, Scottsburg County, 1467 Scott Valley Dr, 877-690-1938
South Bend: South Bend VA Outpatient Clinic, 333 W Western Ave, 866-436-1291 / Fax: 574-299-9073
Terre Haute: Terre Haute VA Outpatient Clinic, 110 W. Honeycreek Pkwy, 812-232-2890 / Fax: 317-988-5511
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 N. River Rd, 765-464-2280 / Fax: 765-464-2279
Vet Center - 877-927-8387
Crown Point: Gary Area Vet Center, 107 E. 93rd Ave, 219-736-5633 / Fax: 219-736-5937
Evansville: Evansville Vet Center, 1000 N. Burkhardt Rd, 812-473-5993 / Fax: 812-473-4028
Fort Wayne: Fort Wayne Vet Center, 5800 Fairfield Ave, Suite 265, 260-460-1456 / Fax: 260-456-0829
Indianapolis: Indianapolis Vet Center, 8330 Naab Rd, Suite 103, 317-988-1600 / Fax: 317-988-1617
South Bend: South Bend Vet Center, 4727 Miami St, 574-231-8480 / 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
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
Terre Haute: Woodlawn Monument Site, North 3rd St & 4th Ave, 815-423-9958 / Fax: 815-423-5824
Indiana Department of Veterans' Affairs
302 W. Washington St, Rm E120
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2738
Toll Free (In State): 1-800-400-4520
Document Review Date: 22 September 2015