State / Territory Benefits - Kansas

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Summary: The state, through the Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs (KCVA), provides 17 different service office locations which provide individual assistance to Veterans in completing the paperwork necessary to receive benefits. Kansas offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including Veterans Emergency Assistance, Kansas Public Employees Retirement System Military Benefits, Kansas National Guard Educational Assistance Program, Special Vehicle License Plates, Department of Wildlife and Parks passes as well as Hunting, Fishing license. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component and Veteran disability status. For assistance in applying for benefits please call 785-296-3976 or send an email to KCVA Central Office.

State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

State Taxes:

State Tax Advantage: Kansas Guard members over age 62 are eligible for a $120 tax credit.

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Retirement Income Taxes: Military, civil service, state/local government pensions are exempt. Out-of-state government pensions are fully taxed. Railroad retirement is fully exempt. Social Security is exempt for residents with a federal adjusted gross income of $75,000 will be exempt from any state tax on their Social Security benefits.

Retired Military Pay: Not taxed.

Military Disability Retired Pay: Retirees who entered the military before September 24, 1975, and members receiving disability retirements based on combat injuries or who could receive disability payments from the VA are covered by laws giving disability broad exemption from federal income tax. Most military retired pay based on service-related disabilities also is free from federal income tax, but there is no guarantee of total protection.

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

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

Property Taxes: Taxable property is assessed at its fair market value. Homeowners 55 and older who earn $30,800 or less are eligible for a refund of up to $700 under the Homestead Property Tax Refund Act. You must also meet one of the following requirements: Be 55 years of age or older, or be blind or disabled, or have a dependent child under 18 who lived with you all year whom you claim as a personal exemption. Additionally, 50 percent of Social Security benefits will be excluded from the definition of income for the purposes of qualifying for the program, resulting in additional property tax relief for seniors. A property tax refund is available for homeowners 65 or older with a household income of $17,700 or less. The refund is 45% or the property taxes paid. Those who claim this refund cannot claim a Homestead refund.

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Education Benefits:

Tuition Assistance: The tuition to attend state universities, community colleges, or vocational technical colleges will be covered for dependents of Kansas residents who are killed in the line of duty while in the United States Armed Forces or the Kansas National Guard. Tuition assistance is also provided for former Prisoners of War.

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In-state Tuition: residents can return to Kansas within 60 months of departing the state and qualify for instate tuition.

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In-state Tuition for Military Family Members: Currently U.S. military Service members and residing in Kansas, or are a member of the Kansas National Guard, you and your Spouse and dependents may be determined to be residents for tuition and fee purposes. If you have retired or have been honorably discharged from the military, you, your Spouse and your dependents may also be deemed to be residents for tuition and fee purposes if you had a permanent change of station order for active duty in Kansas during your military service and you live in Kansas at the time of enrollment. (K.A.R. 88-3-8a and 88-3-12)

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Refund or Credit for Tuition: The Board of Regents has enacted a system-wide policy stating that when a member of the United States Armed Forces who is a student in a Kansas regent institution is activated and must leave school, that person will be given a refund or credit for the tuition paid.

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Kansas Military Service Scholarship: This scholarship is available for the payment of tuition and fees at a public Kansas institution for students who are a resident of Kansas and has either (a) served in military service in Iraq or Afghanistan at least 90 days after September 11, 2001, or served less than such 90 days because of injuries received in Iraq or Afghanistan or (b) has served in military service in international waters or on foreign soil in support of military operations in Iraq or Afghanistan for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001, or served less than such 90 days because of injuries received during such service; and received an honorable discharge from military service or is still in military service; and has a DD-214 form or active duty orders that indicate the person has served after September 11, 2001, in one or more of the following military operations: (a) Enduring Freedom; (b) Nobel Eagle; or (c) Iraqi Freedom. Because financial need is a priority in awarding this scholarship, students will need to file a FAFSA form. Once your school considers you as a graduate status student, you are not eligible for this scholarship.

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Kansas National Guard Educational Assistance Program: This program provides up to 100% of tuition and fees that leads to the award of a certificate, diploma or degree upon satisfactory completion of course work requirements for members of a Kansas Air/Army National Guard unit. Full-time enrollment not required.

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On-The-Job Training and Apprenticeships: Qualified Veterans and certain dependents may receive GI bill education benefits while in an approved training program offered by a company or union. The training program must be at least six months long to be approved. Examples of current training programs include common occupations like: aircraft mechanic, bricklayer, carpenter, electrician etc. Some less common on-the-job training programs currently approved are: highway patrol officer, police officer, deputy sheriff, corrections officer, lineman, HVAC technician, dispatcher, security officer, buyer/purchaser, firefighter, financial analyst, emergency medical technician, and customer service representative. Brochure

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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:
Craig Neuenswander, Finance Director Kansas Department of Education
Address: 120 SE 10th Ave, Topeka, KS 66612
Email: craign@ksde.org
Phone: 785.296.3872

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Employment Benefits
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Employment Assistance: State employees get 12 days paid military leave per year.
Eligibility: State employee on orders for Annual Training or active duty.

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Veterans Preference: The State of Kansas recognizes the enormous contributions of men and women who have served their country in uniform. As a Veteran of the Armed Services, you may be entitled to preference when seeking employment with state government.
Eligibility: Eligible Veterans, or the Spouses of Veterans, who meet requirements receive preference for employment, promotional opportunities, and a higher retention standing in the event of reductions in workforce. Qualified Veterans or Spouses who qualify for Veterans' preference are guaranteed an interview and to receive consideration for the position for which they apply. The Veterans' preference laws do not guarantee the Veteran a job. Preference does not have as its goal the placement of a Veteran in every vacancy; this would be incompatible with the merit principles that are the foundation of the state's civil service system.

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Compensation for Active Duty Pay Differential and Allowances: For state employees, the state will make up any difference between the pay and allowances Kansas National Guard members and reservists receive from the military and their state salary at the time they were called to active duty. The maximum amount paid is $1,000 per month
Eligibility:
National Guard Service members and Reservists on active duty.

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Activation Payment: There is a onetime payment of $1,000 made to state employees upon activation for 180 days or more. These payments will be made retroactive.
Eligibility: All National Guard members and Reservists who have been activated since September 11, 2001.

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Spouse Employment: Kansas statute considers military Spouses who are forced to leave their position due to their Spouse's military orders as an involuntary separation from work and therefore eligible for unemployment insurance.

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State Hiring: Any Veteran who is eligible for Veteran's preference and who meets the minimum requirements for a posted vacant state position is offered an interview.

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Kansas Public Employees Retirement System Military Benefits:

Service Credit: Additional service credit increases the amount of a member's monthly retirement benefit and possibly allows them to retire earlier.

  • Granted Military Service Credit: Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS) can grant active military service at no cost to members if their military service interrupts their public service. They must be employed in a covered position immediately before and immediately after the active military service.
  • Purchased Military Service Credit: Members can purchase year for year of active military service and one quarter of service credit for each year of military reserve service.
  • Basic Life Insurance: Active KPERS members receive basic life insurance equal to 150 percent of their annual gross income. Employers pay for the cost of this benefit. If a member goes on military leave, their basic life insurance coverage continues for the duration of the military leave at no cost to the employee.
  • Optional Life Insurance: Optional life insurance coverage is provided in addition to the basic life insurance. Employees pay their own premiums for this coverage at group rates, depending on the amount of coverage.

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Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment: The State of Kansas, through the Department of Commerce, can help Veterans with service-connected disabilities prepare for, find and keep suitable employment. Contact: 785-296-5202. The State of Kansas through the Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs can assist Veterans with serious service-connected disabilities in applying through the VA for services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible. Some of the services provided are:

  • Job Search: Assistance in finding and maintaining suitable employment
  • Vocational Evaluation: An evaluation of abilities, skills, interests, and needs
  • Career Exploration: Vocational counseling and planning
  • Vocational Training: If needed, training such as on-the-job and non-paid work experience
  • Education Training: If needed, education training to accomplish the rehabilitation goal,
  • Rehabilitation Service: Supportive rehabilitation and counseling services.

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Professional License: Shall continue to be valid while an individual is in military service and for six months following their release. No licensee shall be required to pay a renewal fee, submit a renewal application, obtain continuing education or meet other conditions while on active duty. Also, no license shall expire, lapse or be canceled, revoked or suspended while an individual is on military service. Within six months after their release from active duty or within two weeks of engaging in activities that require a license, the licensee must file the completed application and renewal fee to maintain licensure. They have one year to complete required continuing education requirements.

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Unemployment Compensation:

Unemployment Insurance: Unemployment Insurance (UI) s designed to provide partial wage replacement on a temporary basis to workers involuntarily unemployed through no fault of their own.

When filing a new claim, you will need the following information:

  • Your Social Security number
  • Full mailing address, including apartment or lot number, Zip Code and PO Box if you
    use one
  • A phone number where you can be reached during the day
  • The name and mailing address of all your employers in the past 18 months, no matter how
    long you worked there (Note: Your paycheck stub or W-2 form usually contains this information)
  • The date you began and stopped working for each employer and the reason you left each
    job
  • The county in which you live
  • Your driver's license number
  • If you are not a citizen or national of the United States, your employment authorization
    number and expiration date
  • If you were active duty military within the past 18 months, your DD-214, Member #4 form
  • If you were a federal employee, your Standard Form SF-50 or pay stub

An initial unemployment claim may be filed by phone or via the Internet. A claimant may call 785-575-1460 or 800-292-6333 or may access the UI Benefits Web site at the following address: https://www.getkansasbenefits.gov/

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Division of Vehicles Benefits:

Registration Grace Period: Returning deployed military personnel with an expired registration have a seven day grace period to properly register their vehicles in their home county.

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Kansas U.S. Veteran License Plate: Any owner or lessee of one or more passenger vehicles, trucks of a gross weight of 20,000 pounds or less or motorcycles, who is a resident of the state of Kansas, and who submits satisfactory proof to the director of vehicles, in accordance with rules and regulations adopted by the secretary of revenue, that such person has proof of having served and is designated as a Veteran, and has had an honorable discharge from the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard or Merchant Marines, upon compliance with the provisions of this section, may be issued one nontransferable distinctive license plate for each such passenger vehicle, truck or motorcycle designating such person as an United States military Veteran. Such license plates shall be issued for the same period of time as other license plates upon proper registration and payment of the regular license fee of $33.50. On and after January 1, 2005, any person issued a license plate may request a decal for each license plate indicating the appropriate military branch in which the person served.

Any person who is a Veteran of the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard or Merchant Marines may make application for such distinctive license plates, not less than 60 days prior to such person's renewal of registration date, on a form prescribed and furnished by the director of vehicles., and any applicant for the distinctive license plates shall furnish the director with proof as the director shall require that the applicant is a Veteran of the United States army, navy, air force, marine corps, coast guard or merchant marines. Application for the registration of a passenger vehicle, truck, motorcycle or travel trailer and issuance of the license plates under this section shall be made by the owner or lessee in a manner prescribed by the director of vehicles upon forms furnished by the director.

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Combat Wounded Purple Heart Motorcycle License Plate: Purple Heart recipients who want to obtain the Purple Heart motorcycle plate will have to provide the following in order to qualify for the motorcycle tag:

  • The applicant must be a resident of the State of Kansas.
  • A certificate from the U.S. Government, stating that the person is a recipient of a Purple Heart, a DD214 discharge document stating the applicant received a Purple Heart award, or other governmental discharge document stating that the applicant was a recipient of a Purple Heart award, OR the applicant may provide proof that the he/she has a combat wounded Purple Heart license plate on another vehicle they own. The applicant may then obtain the plate without the documents listed above.

The distinctive license plates are not transferable to any other person. The fee for a Purple Heart Motorcycle Plate is $3.50.

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Gold Star Mother License Plate: Gold Star Mothers (mothers who lost a son or daughter in the service of the country) are allowed to make application for the new license plate. This means any mother of a Service member killed on active duty can apply to receive these plates free of charge (but still required to pay the annual motor vehicle tax and registration). A generous donation from Neva Heiselman, Holton, paid for the issuance of these license plates.

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Families of the Fallen Plate: On and after January 1, 2012, any owner or lessee of one or more passenger vehicles, trucks of a gross weight of 20,000 pounds or less or motorcycles, who is a resident of the state of Kansas, and who submits satisfactory proof to the director of vehicles, in accordance with rules and regulations adopted by the secretary of revenue, that such person is a department of defense-recognized next of kin of deceased military personnel, upon compliance with the provisions of this section, may be issued one distinctive license plate for each such passenger vehicle, truck or motorcycle, with the designation "Families of the fallen." Such license plates shall be issued for the same period of time as other license plates upon proper registration and payment of the regular license fee as provided in K.S.A. 8-143, and amendments thereto.

Any person who is a department of defense-recognized next of kin of deceased military personnel may make application for such distinctive license plates, not less than 60 days prior to such person's renewal of registration date, on a form prescribed and furnished by the director of vehicles, and any applicant for the distinctive license plates shall furnish the director with proof as the director shall require that the applicant is a department of defense-recognized next of kin of deceased military personnel pursuant to subsection (a). Application for the registration of a passenger vehicle, truck or motorcycle and issuance of the license plates under this section shall be made by the owner or lessee in a manner prescribed by the director of vehicles upon forms furnished by the director.

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Ex-Prisoner of War (Ex-POW) License Plate: no fee or charge

  • Any person who was held as a prisoner of war while serving in the Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force or Marine Corps of the United States in World War II or while serving with the Armed Forces of the United States during the military, naval and air operations in Korea, Vietnam or other places under the flags of the United States and the United Nations or under the flag of the United States alone. "Prisoner of war" shall also include any civilian who was held as a prisoner of war.
  • Any owner or lessee of a passenger vehicle or truck of gross weight of 20,000 pounds or less, who is a resident of the state of Kansas, and who submits satisfactory proof to the director of vehicles, in accordance with rules and regulations adopted by the secretary of revenue, that such person is a former prisoner of war or is the surviving Spouse of a former prisoner of war, may, upon compliance with the provisions of this section, be issued one distinctive license plate designating such person as a prisoner of war. The license plate shall be issued for the same period of time as other license plates are issued upon proper registration with payment of the regular license fee as provided in K.S.A. 8-143, and amendments thereto. Only one distinctive license plate may be issued to any prisoner of war or surviving Spouse of a prisoner of war, to be displayed on such a vehicle owned or leased by such person.
  • Any prisoner of war or surviving Spouse of a prisoner of war may make application for the distinctive license plate, not less than 60 days prior to such person's renewal of registration date, on a form prescribed and furnished by the director of vehicles, and any applicant for the distinctive license plate shall furnish the director with such proof as the director shall require that the applicant was a prisoner of war or is the surviving Spouse of a prisoner of war. Any registration or distinctive license plate issued under the authority of this section shall not be transferable to any other person, except to the surviving Spouse of a prisoner of war.
  • The rights of the surviving Spouse of a prisoner of war under this section shall terminate upon remarriage of such person.
  • Nothing in this section shall authorize the surviving Spouse of a prisoner of war to be issued a distinctive license plate under this section, unless the deceased prisoner of war had already been issued such distinctive license plate.

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Vietnam Veteran's Plate: On and after January 1, 2012, any owner or lessee of one or more passenger vehicles, trucks of a gross weight of 20,000 pounds or less or motorcycles, who is a resident of the state of Kansas, and who submits satisfactory proof to the director of vehicles, in accordance with rules and regulations adopted by the secretary of revenue, that such person is a Veteran of the Vietnam war, upon compliance with the provisions of this section, may be issued one distinctive license plate for each such passenger vehicles, truck or motorcycle designating such person as a Veteran of the Vietnam war. Such license plates upon proper registration and payment of the regular license plate fee as provided in K.S.A. 8-143 and amendments thereto.

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Pearl Harbor Survivor License Plate:

  • Any owner or lessee of a passenger vehicle or truck of a gross weight of 20,000 pounds or less, who is a resident of the state of Kansas, and who submits satisfactory proof to the director of vehicles, in accordance with rules and regulations adopted by the secretary of revenue, that such person is a survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor, upon compliance with the provisions of this section, may be issued one distinctive license plate designating such person as a survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Such license plate shall be issued for the same period of time as other license plates upon proper registration and payment of the regular license fee provided in K.S.A. 8-143, and amendments thereto.
  • Any person making application for a survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor license plate must comply with the following:
    • Was a member of the United States armed forces on December 7, 1941;
    • Was on station on December 7, 1941, during the hours of 7:55 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Hawaii time at Pearl Harbor, the island of Oahu or offshore at a distance not to exceed three miles;
    • Received an honorable discharge from the United States armed forces; and
    • Has been approved by the chairperson of the Kansas Pearl Harbor survivors association as being a survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
  • Any survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor may make application for the distinctive license plate, not less than 60 days prior to such person's renewal of registration date, on a form prescribed and furnished by the director of vehicles, and any application for the distinctive license plate shall furnish the director with such proof as the director shall require that the applicant was a survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Application for the registration of a passenger vehicle or truck and issuance of the license plate under this section shall be made by the owner or lessee in a manner prescribed by the director of vehicles upon forms furnished by the director.
  • No registration or distinctive license plate issued under the authority of this section shall be transferable to any other person.
  • Renewals of registration under this section shall be made annually, upon payment of the fee prescribed in subsection (a), in the manner prescribed in subsection (b) of K.S.A. 8-132, and amendments thereto. No renewal of registration shall be made to any applicant until such applicant has filed with the director a form as provided in subsection (c). If such form is not filed, the applicant shall be required to comply with K.S.A. 8-143 and amendments thereto, and return the distinctive license plate to the county treasurer of such person's residence.

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Disabled Veteran License Plate (DAV):

  • Any disabled as defined in K.S.A. 8-160, and amendments thereto, who resides in Kansas and who makes application to the director of vehicles on a form furnished by the director for registration of a motor vehicle that is a passenger vehicle or a truck with a gross weight of not more than 20,000 pounds and is owned or leased and used by such Veteran may have such motor vehicle registered, and the director shall issue a distinctive license plate for it. Such license plate shall be issued for the same period of time as other license plates are issued. Such registration shall be made and such license plates issued free of charge to the disabled Veteran. The director of vehicles shall also issue to the disabled Veteran an individual identification card which must be carried by the disabled Veteran when the motor vehicle being operated by the disabled Veteran or used for the transportation of such disabled Veteran is parked in a designated accessible parking space.
  • Any Kansas resident who owns or leases a motor vehicle and who is responsible for the transportation of a disabled Veteran or any resident disabled Veteran desiring a distinctive license plate for a vehicle other than a motor vehicle owned or leased by the Veteran may make application to the director of vehicles for such a license plate. Such license plate shall be issued for the same period of time as other license plates are issued. There shall be no fee for such license plates in addition to the regular registration fee.
  • The director of vehicles shall design a special license plate to be issued as provided in this act. No registration or license plates issued under this act shall be transferable to any other person. No registration under this act shall be made until the applicant has filed with the director acceptable proof that the applicant is a disabled Veteran, or is responsible for the transportation of such Veteran. Motor vehicles displaying the distinctive license plates provided for in this act shall be permitted to park in any parking space on public or private property which is clearly marked as being reserved for the use of persons with a disability or persons responsible for the transportation of a person with a disability, except a parking space on private property which is clearly marked as being reserved for the use of a specified person with a disability, or park without charge in any metered zone and shall be exempt from any time limitation imposed on parking in any zone designated for parking, during the hours in which parking is permitted in any city.
  • Any person who willfully and falsely represents that such person has the qualifications to obtain the distinctive license plates provided for by this section, or who falsely utilizes the parking privilege accorded by this section, shall be guilty of an unclassified misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than $250.

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Congressional Medal of Honor License Plate: On and after January 1, 2001, any owner or lessee of one or more passenger vehicles or trucks of a gross weight of 20,000 pounds or less, who is a resident of the state of Kansas, and who submits satisfactory proof to the director of vehicles, in accordance with rules and regulations adopted by the secretary of revenue, that such person was awarded the congressional medal of honor, upon compliance with the provisions of this section, may be issued one nontransferable distinctive license plate for each such passenger vehicle or truck designating such person as a recipient of the congressional medal of honor. Such license plates shall be issued for the same period of time as other license plates upon proper registration and without payment of the regular license fee as provided in K.S.A. 8-143.

Any recipient of the congressional medal of honor may make application for the distinctive license plates, not less than 60 days prior to such person's renewal of registration date, on a form prescribed and furnished by the director of vehicles, and any applicant for the distinctive license plates shall furnish the director with such proof as the director shall require that the applicant was a recipient of the congressional medal of honor.

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National Guard License Plate: Any owner or lessee of one or more passenger vehicles or trucks registered for a gross weight of not more than 20,000 pounds who is a resident of the state of Kansas, and who is a regularly enlisted or retired, warrant or commissioned member of the Kansas National Guard, upon compliance with the provisions of this section, may be issued one nontransferable distinctive license plate for each such motor vehicle or truck that is not required to be registered with the state corporation commission designating the owner or lessee of such vehicle as a member or retired member of the Kansas National Guard. Such license plates shall be issued for the same period of time as other license plates upon proper registration and payment of the regular license fee as provided in K.S.A. 8-143, and amendments thereto.

Any such member or retired member of the Kansas National Guard may make application for such distinctive license plates, not less than 60 days prior to such member's renewal of registration date, on a form furnished by the director of vehicles, and any applicant for such distinctive license plates shall furnish the director with such applicant's armed forces of the United States identification card as proof that the applicant is a member or a retired member of the Kansas National Guard. Application for the registration of passenger vehicles or trucks and issuance of the distinctive license plates under this section shall be made by the owner or lessee in a manner prescribed by the director of vehicles upon forms furnished by the director.

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Health and Insurance Benefits
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Medical Benefits: In excess of 30 days may be reimbursed for premiums paid for civilian health care insurance. Repayment is limited to premiums paid under state employee group health insurance program.
Eligibility: National Guard Service member on State active duty.

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Worker's Compensation: None
Eligibility: NA

Group Insurance: KS NGA offers Guard members coverage from $5,000 ($2.00/mo) to $50,000 ($17.01/mo). Spouse coverage from $5,000 ($2.00/mo) to $25,000 ($8.67/mo); Dependents (including Spouse) $5,000 ($3.33/mo) or $10,000 ($6.66/mo). Also offers a free $10,000 policy to all new members for one year. Option to renew at end of one year at rates stated.
Eligibility:
National Guard Service member. The state of Kansas will reimburse premiums for $250,000 in life insurance coverage to members of the Kansas National Guard called to active duty in a combat zone.

Injury/Death Benefits: Permanently disabled receive $120.00 per month plus 12.5% base pay; Surviving Spouse same plus $47.00 - $77.00 per child per month. Children get free tuition at state college and up to $500 funeral expenses.
Eligibility: Disease, Injury or Death occurs while serving on State Active Duty. The 2005 Legislature established a program providing death benefit payments to the beneficiaries of Kansas National Guard members killed as a result of active duty in a combat zone.

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Persian Gulf War Health Initiative: In order to better understand the nature and extent of health problems reported by Gulf War Veterans in Kansas, an epidemiologic study was initiated in 1998 in conjunction with Kansas State University. Veterans provided information about their health and that of Family members. In summary, it was found that 34% of Gulf War Veterans are affected by a pattern of symptoms linked to military service in the 1990-91 Persian Gulf War. This rate differed by where and when the Veteran served in the Gulf. The complete study results are available in the November 15, 2000, American Journal of Epidemiology.

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Prescription Drug Coverage: The State of Kansas can assist in completing the application process to determine eligibility for VA provided medications for certain high priority Veterans, including those with low incomes (below VA pension thresholds). Eligible Veterans can receive free prescriptions or may be eligible for medications with a low co-payment.

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Parks & Recreation Benefits:

National Guard Permit: Applicants are to be granted hunting and fishing licenses without cost. The 2013 KS National Guard Hunting, Fishing, and Park Vehicle Permit Application must be submitted.
Eligibility: Current Kansas National Guard members.

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Elk Draw: Fort Riley Soldiers are given special consideration in drawing permits.

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Disabled Veteran Hunting and Fishing Licenses: Kansas State funding has been made available to provide free 2013 Hunting and Fishing licenses to resident Disabled Veterans with at least 30% disability. The applicant must provide a copy of current disabled Veterans entitlement papers showing proof of at least 30% disability. A 2013 Disabled Veterans Hunting and Fishing License Application must be submitted to obtain these licenses. The 2014 KS Disabled Veterans Hunting & Fishing License Application must be submitted.

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Miscellaneous Benefits:

Kansas Veterans' Home: The Kansas Veterans' Home in Winfield provides three levels of nursing care to Veterans and their eligible dependents. The Home offers a domiciliary or assisted living program providing shelter, food, and other necessary services required by each resident while allowing the resident to maintain a certain level of independence. The Home also is equipped to provide: Nutritious meals individualized to meet each resident's needs, Transportation to and from local health care providers including the Robert J. Dole Veterans Administration Medical and Regional Office Center at Wichita. 24-hour security systems and grounds patrol, A trained and professional staff that receives on-going education to meet the needs of the residents, Private and semi-private rooms, Activity rooms with internet connected computers, Affordable costs, Social opportunities with other Veterans, and Qualifying medications provided by the Veterans Administration at no additional charge to residents.
Eligibility:
Veterans seeking admission must have active federal military service as a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard. The discharge from the period of active federal service on which the application is based must have been under conditions other than dishonorable. On a space available basis, Spouses and surviving Spouses may qualify for admission. The Veteran seeking admission must also be in one of the following categories:

  1. Veterans with service-connected disabilities.
  2. Veterans who are former prisoners of war.
  3. Veterans who were discharged or released from active military service for disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty.
  4. Veterans who receive disability compensation under 38 U.S.C. 1151.
  5. Veterans whose entitlement to disability compensation is suspended because of the receipt of retired pay.
  6. Veterans whose entitlement to disability compensation is suspended pursuant to 38 U.S.C. 1151, but only to the extent that such Veterans continuing eligibility for nursing home care is provided for in the judgment or settlement described in 38 U.S.C. 1151.
  7. Veterans who the VA determines are unable to defray the expenses of necessary care as specified under 38 U.S.C. 1722(a).
  8. Veterans of the Mexican Border Period or Word War I
  9. Veterans solely seeking care for a disorder associated with exposure to a toxic substance or radiation or for a disorder associated with service in the Southwest Asia Theater or operations during the Persian Gulf War as provided in 38 U.S.C. 1710(e).
  10. Veterans who agree to pay to the United States the applicable co-payment determined under 38 U.S.C.1710 (f) and 1710 (g), if they seek VA hospital nursing home or outpatient care.

Admission Priority: Priority for admission of Veterans will first be made on the basis of severity of medical care required; second consideration will be of the Veteran's ability to pay for care; transfers from other institutions will have the lowest priority. Applicants for the Home need not have been an actual resident of the State of Kansas; however, Kansas residents will receive priority for acceptance in the home.

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Kansas Soldiers' Home: The Kansas Soldiers' Home in Fort Dodge provides quality long-term health care and a wide range of services including: restorative care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, laundry, activities, dietary services, social services, nursing and psychological services. The Kansas Soldiers' Home also offers: a library/museum, a modern nursing home, a recreation center, resident/staff fitness room, three domiciliary residence halls, 60 cottages and a Veterans' Cemetery.
Eligibility: Veterans seeking admission must have active federal service. Active service means full-time service as a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, or as commissioned officer of the Public Health Service, the Environmental Services Administration, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and other eligible persons as may be authorized by 38 CFR 3.7. The discharge from the period of active federal service on which the application is based must have been under conditions other than dishonorable. On a space available basis, Spouses and surviving Spouses may qualify for admission.
The Veteran seeking admission must also be in one of the following categories:

  1. Veterans with service-connected disabilities.
  2. Veterans who are former prisoners of war.
  3. Veterans who were discharged or released from active military service for disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty.
  4. Veterans who receive disability compensation under 38 U.S.C. 1151.
  5. Veterans whose entitlement to disability compensation is suspended because of the receipt of retired pay.
  6. Veterans whose entitlement to disability compensation is suspended pursuant to 38 U.S.C. 1151, but only to the extent that such Veterans continuing eligibility for nursing home care is provided for in the judgment or settlement described in 38 U.S.C. 1151.
  7. Veterans who VA determines are unable to defray the expenses of necessary care as specified under 38 U.S.C. 1722(a).
  8. Veterans of the Mexican border period or of World War I.
  9. Veterans solely seeking care for a disorder associated with exposure to a toxic substance or radiation or for a disorder associated with service in the Southwest Asia Theater or operations during the Persian Gulf War as provided in 38 U.S.C. 1710(e).
  10. Veterans who agree to pay to the United States the applicable co-payment determined under 38 U.S.C.1710 (f) and 1710 (g), if they seek VA hospital nursing home or outpatient care.

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Kansas Veterans' Cemetery Program: The Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs operates four state Veterans' cemeteries, located in Fort Dodge, Wakeeney, and Winfield and Fort Riley.
Eligibility: Military service requirement for burial in a Kansas State Veterans' Cemetery must be in accordance with the eligibility standards as set by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - National Cemetery Administration and, as a minimum, must meet one of the following:

  • Veteran was discharged from "active duty" under other than dishonorable conditions, or
  • Veteran died while on "active duty", or
  • National Guard or Reservists members with 20 years of qualifying service, who are entitled to retired pay or would be entitled, if at least 60 years of age.

Spouse, surviving Spouse and dependent children are eligible for interment even if the Veteran is not buried in a Kansas State Veterans' Cemetery. The Veteran must have met military service requirements. This includes lost or buried at sea, missing or missing in action, or a Veteran whose remains have been donated to science or cremated and the ashes scattered. Eligibility includes:

  • The Spouse or surviving Spouse of an eligible Veteran is eligible for interment in a State Veterans' Cemetery even if the Veteran is not buried in a State Veterans' Cemetery.
  • 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 a State Veterans' Cemetery.
  • Any natural or adoptive child of an eligible Veteran who is under the age of 21 and unmarried and;
  • Under 23 years of age and pursuing a full-time course of instruction at an approved education institution.
  • An unmarried adult child of an eligible Veteran if the child became permanently physically or mentally disabled and incapable of self-support before reaching 21 years of age, or before reaching 23 years age if pursuing a full-time course of instruction at an approved educational institution.

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Open Records: Kansas Open Records Act exempts military discharge papers to openness requirements.
Eligibility: A Veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States.

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DD Form 214: The State of Kansas maintains DD Form 214 files on Veterans released from service and showing Kansas as their home of record. Copies of DD Form 214's from 1988 to Present may be immediately available in the Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs central office. The State of Kansas' Adjutant General's Department has an Archives Office, 785-274-1099, which can provide the following records of service: From 1946 to 1991, DD Form 214's for all branches of the service are available; a Statement of Service on World War II, 1941 -1946; and Kansas National Guard records from 1946 to the present. As required by the Privacy Act and to obtain a copy of DD Form 214, a formal request must be submitted to the Kansas Army National Guard by using Standard Form 180. The completed and signed Standard Form 180 should be mailed to The Adjutant General's Department, Attn: Archives, 2800 S. Topeka Blvd., Topeka, KS 66611-1287 or by fax to (785) 274-1004.

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Disability Benefits: The KCVA assists in filing the forms for Disability Compensation for service connected disability determinations. The KCVA can also assist in filing necessary forms for Disability Pension. Basic entitlement for a Veteran exists if the Veteran is disabled as the result of a personal injury or disease (including aggravation of a condition existing prior to service) while in active service if the injury or the disease was incurred or aggravated in line of duty. There is no deadline for applying for disability benefits.

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Free Vital Statistics Records: Requests for vital statistic records by all members of the Kansas National Guard who have received an alert notice of pending active duty or have already have been placed on Federal active duty for mobilization and their dependents shall be fulfilled without charge. Veterans may receive a free copy of their vital statistics records if they apply through the Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs.

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Emergency Relief: Available to members of the Kansas National Guard and Reserves and their Families that are Kansas residents to make ends meet during emergency situations in which other avenues of support have been exhausted.

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Dependents' and Survivors' Benefits: Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is payable to certain survivors of

  • Service members who died on active duty;
  • Veterans who died from service-related disabilities;
  • Certain Veterans who were being paid 100% VA disability compensation at time of death.

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KanVet: KanVet provides direct access to State of Kansas Veteran-specific resources and benefits without having to navigate multiple state agency websites, to serve all Veterans, transitioning Service members and their Families.

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Military Installations in Kansas

Active Duty:
Army
Fort Riley: http://www.riley.army.mil/
For Leavenworth: http://garrison.leavenworth.army.mil/

Air Force
McConnell AFB: http://www.mcconnell.af.mil/

National Guard:
Kansas Adjutant General: http://kansastag.gov/default.asp
Kansas Army National Guard: http://www.kansasarmynationalguard.com/

Kansas Air National Guard:
190th Air Refueling Wing: http://www.190arw.ang.af.mil/
184th Intelligence Wing: http://www.184iw.ang.af.mil/

United States Army Reserve:
88th Regional Support Command (RSC): http://www.usar.army.mil/ourstory/commands/88RSC/Pages/default.aspx

 

Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Facilities in Kansas:

VA Medical Centers
Leavenworth: VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System - Dwight D. Eisenhower VA Medical Center, 4101 4th Street Trafficway, 913-682-2000 / 800-952-8387
Topeka: VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System - Colmery-O'Neil VA Medical Center, 2200 SW Gage Blvd, 785-350-3111 / 800-574-8387
Wichita: Robert J. Dole Department of Veterans Affairs Medical and Regional Office Center, 5500 East Kellogg Ave, 316-685-2221

Outpatient Clinic
Overland Park: Johnson Count VA Clinic, 10500 Mastin St, 816-922-2750 / Fax: 913-227-0962

Community Based Outpatient Clinics
Chanute: Chanute - Neosho Memorial Medical Center, 629 South Plummer, 800-574-8387 ext 54453
Emporia: Emporia CBOC, 919 W. 12th Ave, Suite D, 800-574-8387 ext 54453
Ft. Dodge: Fort Dodge Clinic, 300 Custer, 888-878-6881 ext 41040
Ft. Scott: Ft. Scott CBOC, 902 Horton St, 800-574-8387 ext 54750
Garnett: Garnett - Anderson County Hospital, 421 South Maple, 800-574-8387 ext 54453
Hays: Hays Clinic, 207-B E. 7th St, 888-878-6881 ext 41000
Hutchinson: Hutchinson CBOC, 1625 E. 30th St, 888-878-6881 ext 41100
Junction City: Junction City, 715 Southwind Drive, 785-761-2007
Kansas City: Wyandotte CBOC, 21 N 12th St, Bethany Medical Bldg, Suite 110, 800-952-8387 ext 56990
Lawrence: Lawrence, 2200 Harvard Road, 800-574-8387 ext 54650
Liberal: Liberal Clinic, 2 Rock Island Rd, Suite 200, 620-626-5574
Paola: Louisburg-Paola Clinic, 510 South Hospital Dr, 816-922-2160
Parsons: Parsons Clinic, 1907 Harding Dr, 888-878-6881 ext 41060
Salina: Salina Clinic, 1410 E. Iron, Suite 1, 888-878-6881 ext 41020
Seneca: Nemaha Valley Community Hospital (Seneca), 1600 Community Dr, 800-574-8387 ext 54453

Veteran Center
Manhattan: Manhattan Vet Center, 205 South 4th St, Suite B, 785-350-4920 / 877-927-8387 / Fax: 785-350-4939
Wichita: Wichita Vet Center, 251 N. Water St, 316-685-2221 ext 41080 / 877-927-8387 / Fax: 316-265-0910

Veterans Benefits Administration
Regional Office
Wichita: Wichita Regional Office, 5500 East Kellogg, 1-800-827-1000

Intake Site
Fort Leavenworth: Fort Leavenworth, Transition Service Manager/Army Career and Alumni Program Office
Fort Riley: Fort Riley, VA Military Services Coordinators Office

National Cemetery Administration
National Cemetery
Fort Leavenworth: Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery, 395 Biddle Blvd, 913-758-4105 or 4106 / Fax: 913-758-4136
Fort Scott: Fort Scott National Cemetery, 900 East National Ave, 620-223-2840 / Fax: 620-223-2505
Leavenworth: Leavenworth National Cemetery, 150 Muncie Rd, 913-758-4105 or 4106 / Fax: 913-758-4136

 

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Resources

http://www.kcva.org

http://kcva.ks.gov/veteran-services/federal-benefits

http://kcva.ks.gov/veteran-services/state-benefits

http://kcva.ks.gov/kanvet

http://kcva.ks.gov/kanvet/employment-resources

http://kcva.ks.gov/kanvet/education-resources

http://www2.va.gov/directory/guide/home.asp?isFlash=1

http://www.ksrevenue.org/dmv-plates.html

http://www.retirementliving.com/taxes-kansas-new-mexico#KANSAS
http://da.ks.gov/ps/aaa/recruitment/veterans/vetemployinfo.htm

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

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

 

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Document Review Date: 26 September 2013