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

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Property Taxes: The Homestead Refund is a rebate program for the property taxes paid by homeowners. The refund is based on a portion of the property tax paid on a Kansas resident's home. The maximum refund is $700. Disabled Veterans can claim a homestead refund.
Eligibility: To qualify you must be a Kansas resident, living in Kansas the entire year. Your total household income must be $34,000 or less.

You must also meet one of the following requirements:

  • You were born before Jan. 1, 1960; OR
  • You must have been totally and permanently disabled or blind during the entire year, regardless of your age; OR
  • You must have had a dependent Child living with you all of last year who was born before Jan. 1, 2015, and was under the age of 18 the entire year.

Veterans must be Kansas residents, honorably discharged, and certified to have 50 percent or more permanent disability sustained through military actions. Surviving Spouses of deceased disabled Veterans are also eligible to claim a Homestead refund and remain eligible until such time as they remarry. An original Veterans Disability Determination Letter or Letter from a Regional V.A. that includes the disability date verifying the disability occurred prior to Jan. 1, 2009 and percentage of permanent disability must be filed with the Homestead Refund Claim (K-40H).

The surviving Spouse of an active duty Service member who died in the line of duty is also eligible to claim a Homestead refund and remain eligible until such time as they remarry.

Click here for more information on the Homestead refund for disabled Veterans.

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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: On May 29, 2015, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed into law HB 2154 which includes authorization for all Veterans eligible for Federal education benefits, along with all current members of the Armed Forces, to be charged in-state tuition rates at all 32 public postsecondary colleges and universities in Kansas, effective July 1, 2015, regardless of time spent in the state. In addition to extending this benefit to Veterans, Kansas has declared all current members of the Armed Forces residents of the state for tuition and fee purposes (including Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, Kansas Army or Air National Guard, or any branch of the military Reserves of the United States), along with the Spouses and dependent Children of current members of the Armed Forces, who are enrolled or have been accepted for admission at a Kansas postsecondary educational institution. Click here for more information about residency for tuition and fee purposes.

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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: The Kansas Military Service 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:

  • Served in military service in international waters or on foreign soil in support of military operations at least 90 days after September 11, 2001, or served less than such 90 days because of injuries during such military service;
  • Has received an honorable discharge or under honorable conditions (general) discharge from military service or is still in military service; and
  • Has provided copies of military discharge papers (DD-214 form) or active duty orders whichever such paper or order indicate the location of such person's deployment and indicate the person has served after September 11, 2001, in any military operation for which the person received hostile fire pay.

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Kansas National Guard Educational Assistance Program: The Kansas National Guard Educational Assistance provides a percentage of tuition and fees paid; up to a maximum rate not to exceed the maximum rate that would be charged by the state educational institutions for enrollment and that percentage is determined by the number of eligible students and available appropriations. Students may be pursuing a certificate, diploma or degree program and must be an enlisted member of a Kansas Air/Army National Guard unit. Full-time enrollment not required. Student must have a GED or high school diploma to qualify for this assistance. The member must have less than 20 years of service with the National Guard and not already have obtained a bachelor's degree. Form 6006A - Commander's Signature Form.

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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.

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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: 900 SW Jackson St, Suite 356, 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 15 days paid military leave per fiscal year.
Eligibility: State employee on active duty.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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
  • Any separation, vacation, or holiday pay you have received or will receive in the future.

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/Home.aspx

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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 License Plate: A Combat Wounded/Purple Heart plate may be issued for an auto, motorcycle or truck registered for 20,000 lbs. or less which is titled or leased in Kansas in the name of the Purple Heart medal recipient.

At the Purple Heart recipient's option, and if qualified, NO MORE THAN TWO of the following decals may displayed on the Combat Wounded/Purple Heart plate: silver star, bronze star, combat medical badge, army combat infantry badge, navy/marine corps combat action ribbon, army distinguished service cross, navy cross, air force cross or distinguished flying cross. These medals &/or ribbons must have been awarded by the United States government.

Standard registration fees and property taxes are due for the vehicle to which the Combat Wounded plate is issued. All decals have a fee of $2.00 each.
Eligibility: To qualify you must:

  • Be a Kansas resident or a member of the military who is not a Kansas resident and is stationed at a Kansas military base or office.
  • Vehicle must be titled in Kansas in the name of the applicant or the leasing company from which the applicant is leasing the vehicle.
  • If the applicant is discharged, a copy of the DD 214 showing the issuance of a Purple Heart Medal. If the applicant currently has a Kansas Combat Wounded plate, a copy of the registration receipt for the plate may be presented in lieu of the DD 214.
  • If the applicant is currently serving as an active duty member of the U. S. military, a document or certificate issued by a branch of the U. S. military attesting to the awarding of a Purple Heart medal will be needed. The documentation must list the applicant's name.
  • The branch of service and medal &/or ribbon decals must be noted on the DD 214.

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Gold Star Mother License Plate: A Gold Star Mother plate may be issued for an auto, motorcycle, or truck registered for 20,000 lbs. or less which is titled in Kansas in the name of the applicant or leased by the same. Regular registration fees are due at the time of application or renewal. Property tax must be paid for the vehicle registered with a Gold Star Mother plate.
Eligibility: To qualify you must:

  • Be the mother of a Service member killed on active duty.
  • Be a Kansas resident or a member of the military who is not a Kansas resident and is stationed at a Kansas military base or office.
  • Vehicle must be titled in Kansas in the name of the applicant or the leasing company from which the applicant is leasing the vehicle.

A generous donation from Neva Heiselman, Holton, paid for the issuance of these license plates.

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Families of the Fallen Plate: A Families of the Fallen plate may be issued for an auto, motorcycle or truck registered for 20,000 lbs. or less which is titled or leased in Kansas in the name of the next of kin of the deceased military personnel. Regular registration fees are due at the time of application or renewal. Property tax must be paid for the vehicle registered with a Families of the Fallen plate.
Eligibility: To qualify you must:

  • A person may make application for a Kansas Families of the Fallen plate who is a Department of Defense recognized next of kin of deceased military personnel.
  • Be a Kansas resident or a member of the military who is not a Kansas resident and is stationed at a Kansas military base or office.
  • Vehicle must be titled in Kansas in the name of the applicant or the leasing company from which the applicant is leasing the vehicle.
  • Meet the conditions and/or requirements as listed on the Families of the Fallen License Plate Application, form TR-20. Complete and sign the form, which is on the web at: http://www.ksrevenue.org/pdf/tr20.pdf

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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: A Pearl Harbor Survivor plate may be issued for an auto, motorcycle, or truck registered for 20,000 lbs. or less which is titled in Kansas in the name of the survivor or leased by the same. Standard registration fees apply.
Eligibility: To qualify you must:

  • Be a Kansas resident or a member of the military who is not a Kansas resident and is stationed at a Kansas military base or office.
  • Vehicle must be titled in Kansas in the name of the applicant or the leasing company from which the applicant is leasing the vehicle.
  • Must meet all the following requirements:
    1. Was a member of the United States armed forces on Dec 7, 1941;
    2. Was on station on Dec 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;
    3. Received an honorable discharge from the United States armed forces; and
    4. Has been approved by the chairperson of the Kansas Pearl Harbor survivors association as being a survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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Disabled Veteran License Plate (DAV): A Disabled Veteran plate may be issued for an auto, motorcycle or truck registered for 20,000 lbs. or less which is titled in Kansas in the name of the Disabled Veteran or leased by the same. There is no registration fee for the initial Disabled Veteran plate at the time of application or renewal. Property tax must still be paid for the vehicle to which the free Disabled Veteran plate is issued. Additional Disabled Veteran plates may be issued, however, standard registration fees and property taxes are due for the vehicles to which the additional Disabled Veteran plates are issued.
Eligibility: To qualify you must:

  • Be a Kansas resident or a member of the military who is not a Kansas resident and is stationed at a Kansas military base or office.
  • Have served in the armed forces of the United States and are entitled to compensation for a service-connected disability of at least 50% according to the laws administered by the Veterans Administration, or
    Be entitled to compensation for the loss, or permanent loss of use, of one or both feet or one or both hands, or for permanent visual impairment of both eyes to a prescribed degree, or
    Be responsible for the transportation of a Disabled Veteran who meets the qualifications above.
  • Vehicle must be titled in Kansas in the name of the applicant or the leasing company from which the applicant is leasing the vehicle.
  • The Application for Disabled Veterans License Plate, form TR-103, must be completed and signed by both the Disabled Veteran and the Regional Director for the Veterans Administration prior to making application. The form is on the web at: http://ksrevenue.org/pdf/tr103.pdf

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Medal of Honor License Plate: Members of the military who have been presented the Medal of Honor may apply for a Kansas Medal of Honor Plate. A Medal of Honor plate may be issued for an auto, motorcycle or truck registered for 20,000 lbs. or less which is titled or leased in Kansas in the name of the Medal of Honor recipient. Standard registration fees and property taxes are due for the vehicle to which the Medal of Honor plate is issued.
Eligibility
: To qualify you must:

  • Be a Kansas resident or a member of the military who is not a Kansas resident and is stationed at a Kansas military base or office.
  • Vehicle must be titled in Kansas in the name of the applicant or the leasing company from which the applicant is leasing the vehicle.
  • If the applicant is discharged, a copy of the DD 214 showing the presentation of the Medal of Honor. If the applicant currently has a Kansas Medal of Honor plate, a copy of the registration receipt for the plate may be presented in lieu of the DD 214.
  • If the applicant is currently serving as an active duty member of the U. S. military, a document or certificate issued by a branch of the U. S. military attesting to the awarding of the Medal of Honor will be needed. The document must list the applicant's name.

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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.

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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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Parks & Recreation Benefits:

National Guard Permit: Applicants are to be granted hunting and fishing licenses without cost. The 2015 National Guard Hunting, Fishing, and Park Vehicle Permit Application must be submitted.
Eligibility: Current Kansas National Guard members.

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Hunting Licenses for Active Duty Service members: Active duty military personnel stationed in Kansas can purchase all annual state resident licenses, permits and stamps.

Active duty military who were Kansas residents at the time of entering the military and immediate Family members domiciled with them may purchase resident licenses, permits and stamps, except lifetime licenses.

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Permit Refund Permit Refund: Big game permit fees may be refunded to any United States Armed Forces personnel experiencing a change of duty prior to the first day of season, preventing the use of the permit.

Deployment Refund: The Department of Wildlife and Parks can reissue big game or turkey limited draw permits to military personnel forced to forfeit their limited draw permit due to deployment.

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Elk Draw: Military permits are only available for active duty military personnel stationed at Fort Riley. All other eligible persons must apply for general permits.

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Disabled Veteran Hunting and Fishing Licenses: Kansas State funding has been made available to provide free 2014 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 2015 Disabled Veterans Hunting and Fishing License Application must be submitted to obtain these licenses. The 2015 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.

The Kansas Soldiers' Home at Fort Dodge is located approximately 5 miles east of Dodge City, Kansas, on Highway 400 (formerly 154). Fort Dodge dates back to 1865 when it was ordered to be built as a supply post for people and wagon trains traveling the Santa Fe Trail. Fort Dodge was strategically located to the wet and dry routes of the Santa Fe Trail. A wide range of services are provided including restorative care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, laundry, activities, dietary services, social services, nursing, and psychological services. The Kansas Soldiers' Home now includes: a library/museum, a modern nursing home, a recreation center, resident/staff fitness room, three domiciliary residence halls, 30 domiciliary unit, 30 long term care unit, 26 bed special care unit for dementia, and 60 cottages.
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: The first priority for admission shall be given to Veterans who have no adequate means of support. Within this group, priority shall be based on the severity of medical care required and the ability to acquire and afford care or residency in the community. Applicants for the Home need not have been actual residents of the State of Kansas; however, Kansas residents will receive priority for acceptance in the Home.

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Kansas Veterans' Cemetery Program: The Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs operates four state Veterans' cemeteries, located in Fort Dodge, WaKeeney, 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.

There is no residency requirement to be buried in a Kansas Veteran's Cemetery

Eligibility for Veteran Dependents: 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, 2722 SW. Topeka Blvd., Topeka, KS 66611 or by fax to (785) 274-1558.

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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. If you have a claim or would like to learn more about Veteran benefits, contact a local Veteran Service Representative. As Veteran advocates, KCVAO is committed to assisting Veterans and their Families with obtaining the benefits they have earned as a result of a Veteran's honorable military service.

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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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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
Fort Leavenworth

Air Force
McConnell AFB

National Guard:
Kansas Adjutant General
Kansas Army National Guard

Kansas Air National Guard:

Kansas Air National Guard
190th Air Refueling Wing
184th Intelligence Wing

United States Army Reserve:
88th Regional Support Command (RSC)

 

Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Facilities in Kansas:

Veterans Health Administration
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 VA Medical Center, 5500 East Kellogg Ave, 316-685-2221 / 888-878-6881

Outpatient Clinic
Overland Park: Johnson County/Radiation Oncology 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 x54453
Dodge City: Dodge City, Kansas CBOC, 2201 Summerlon Cir, 888-878-6881 x57450
Emporia: Emporia CBOC, 919 W. 12th Ave, Suite D, 800-574-8387 x54453
Ft. Scott: Ft. Scott CBOC, 902 Horton St, 800-574-8387 x54750
Garnett: Garnett - Anderson County Hospital, 421 South Maple, 800-574-8387 x54453
Hays: Hays CBOC, 207-B E. 7th St, 888-878-6881x 41000
Hutchinson: Hutchinson, Kansas CBOC, 1625 E. 30th Ave, 888-878-6881 x41100
Junction City: Junction City CBOC, 715 Southwind Dr, 785-761-2007
Kansas City: Wyandotte CBOC, 21 N 12th St, Bethany Medical Bldg, Suite 110, 800-952-8387 x56990
Lawrence: Lawrence CBOC, 2200 Harvard Rd, 800-574-8387 x54650
Liberal: Liberal, Kansas CBOC, 2 Rock Island Rd, Suite 200, 888-878-6881 x57400
Paola: Louisburg-Paola Clinic, 510 South Hospital Dr, 816-922-2160
Parsons: Parsons, Kansas CBOC, 1907 Harding Dr, 888-878-6881 x41060
Salina: Salina, Kansas CBOC, 1410 E. Iron, Suite 1, 888-878-6881 x41020
Seneca: Nemaha Valley Community Hospital (Seneca), 1600 Community Dr, 800-574-8387 x54453

Veteran Center - 877-927-8387
Manhattan: Manhattan Vet Center, 205 South 4th St, Suite B, 785-350-4920 / Fax: 785-350-4939
Wichita: Wichita Vet Center, 251 N. Water St, 316-265-0889 / Fax: 316-265-0910

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

Intake Site (Pre-Discharge Claims Assistance)
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
Baxter Springs: Baxter Springs City Soldiers' Lot, Baxter Springs City Cemetery, 913-758-4105 / Fax: 913-758-4136
Fort Leavenworth: Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery, 395 Biddle Blvd, 913-758-4105 / 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 / Fax: 913-758-4136
Mound City: Mound City Cemetery Soldiers' Lot, Woodland Cemetery, 913-758-4105 / Fax: 913-758-4136

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Resources

http://kcva.ks.gov/

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

http://kcva.ks.gov/kanvet

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

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

http://kcva.ks.gov/kanvet/services-and-support-resources

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

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

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

 

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Document Review Date: 27 October 2015