State / Territory Benefits - Kentucky

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Summary: The Commonwealth of Kentucky offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including State Tax Exemptions, State Employment Preferences, Education and Tuition Assistance, Vehicle Tags, as well as Hunting and Fishing License privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component, and Veteran disability status. Kentucky Department of Veteran Affairs Regional Administrators and field benefit representatives are strategically located throughout the state. They assist Veterans and their dependents in proof and establishment of claims to benefits which they may be entitled under federal, state, or local laws. As accredited representatives by the USDVA General Counsel, representation is also provided before the US Department of Veterans Affairs in formal and informal hearings acting as attorneys-in-fact. The Field Benefits Representatives maintain regular, established and published office hours at a designated place in each county, which they visit once a month.

 

State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

State Taxes:

Retirement Income Taxes: Social Security, Railroad Retirement benefits, and Roth IRA proceeds are exempt. Exclusion of up to $41,110 for military, civil service, state/local government, qualified private pensions, and annuities.

Retired Military Pay: Not taxed. If retired after 1997, pay is subjected to tax if amount exceeds $41,110.00 - See Kentucky Schedule P.

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: All real property in Kentucky is subject to state and local property tax. For homeowners 65 and older or totally disabled, $36,000 of the assessed value of their property is exempt from state taxes under the homestead provision for tax year 2013 and 2014. Call 502-564-4581 for details.

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Military Pay State Income Tax Exemption:  Effective for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2010, all military pay received by active duty members of the Armed Forces of the United States, members of reserve components of the Armed Forces of the United States, and members of the National Guard will be exempt from Kentucky income tax. KRS 141.010(10)(u) If Kentucky income tax is incorrectly withheld from a Soldier's military pay in 2010 and after, the Department of Revenue will refund the tax withheld.

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The Military Spouses Residency Relief Act (MSRRA) (Public Law 111-97) was signed into law on Nov. 11, 2009. This new law is effective for taxable year 2009. The MSRRA allows the same residency benefits permitted to military personnel under the Service Members Civil Relief Act (SCRA) to also apply to a military A Spouse's nonmilitary service income, under certain circumstances. Military Spouses who fall under this law should file Form 740-NP Kentucky Individual Income Tax Nonresident or Part-Year Resident Return to request a refund of the Kentucky income tax withheld from his or her pay. The income would not be reported as taxable on the Kentucky income tax return. To assist the department in identifying those returns, please write across the top of the return MILITARY SPOUSE.

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Federal Annuities Excluded From Gross Income: Provides for computation of federal annuities excludable from state income tax. By amendment in 1997, excludes all federal refund tax retirement annuities from Kentucky State Income Tax.

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Extension for Members of National Guard and Reserves Serving In Combat Zones: Members of the National Guard or any branch of the reserves called to active duty who are required by law to file an income tax return and pay income taxes to the state of Kentucky shall be allowed an extension to file the return and pay the taxes, which would otherwise become due during the period of service, if the member serves in an area designated as a combat zone by presidential proclamation. The extension will expire 12 months after the service.

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Education Benefits:

Veteran Dependent Tuition Waiver: A waiver of tuition is an education benefit provided by the Commonwealth of Kentucky in recognition of military service of certain Kentucky Veterans. The tuition waiver is provided for Children, stepchildren, adopted children, Spouses, and un-remarried Widows & Widowers. An approved tuition waiver means a student may attend any two-year, four-year or vocational technical schools that are operated and funded by the Kentucky Department of Education. Tuition Waiver Application.
Eligibility:
You may qualify if one of the following is true of the Veteran:

  • Died on active duty.

  • Died as a direct result of a service connected disability as determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

  • 100% service connected disabled.

  • Totally disabled (non-service connected) with wartime service as deemed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or Department of Defense.

  • Is deceased and lived in KY at time of death and served during a wartime period.

Kentucky residency is a requirement for both the Veteran and the applicant. A deceased Veteran must have been a Kentucky resident at the time of death.

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Exemption from matriculation of tuition fee for un-remarried Spouse or Child under age 26 of a deceased Veteran if the Veteran served in the Armed Forces of the United States during a national emergency, wars declared by Congress, or actions of the United Nations and received a discharge under honorable conditions; or died while on active duty; or died as a result of a service-connected disability acquired while on active duty and received a discharge under honorable conditions. The Service member must have been either a resident of the Commonwealth of Kentucky at the time of death or married to a Kentucky resident at the time of death; and was discharged under honorable conditions.

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Exemption from matriculation or tuition fee for Spouse or Child under age 26 of certain permanently and totally disabled Veterans of the Armed Forces, the Kentucky National Guard or Reserves, former prisoners of war, or member of the Armed Forces missing in action: The Veteran must be a resident of the Commonwealth of Kentucky or married to a Kentucky resident, and was discharged under honorable conditions. The Spouse, regardless of age, and any Child, stepchild, or orphan, under the age of twenty-six (26), of a permanently and totally disabled member of the Kentucky National Guard or Reserve Component injured while on state active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training, or a permanently and totally disabled war Veteran, or a one hundred percent (100%) service-connected disabled Veteran regardless of wartime service, or prisoner of war or member of the Armed Services declared missing in action shall not be required to pay any matriculation or tuition fees upon his admission to any state-supported institution of higher education or to any state-supported vocational training school for a period not in excess of forty-five (45) months in order to obtain a diploma, nor in excess of the lesser number of months required for a certificate of completion.

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Tuition waiver for disabled Child of Veteran: The Child of a Veteran, regardless of age, who has acquired a disability as a direct result of the Veteran's service shall be eligible to receive a waiver of tuition upon admission to any state-supported university, college, or vocational training institute. To be entitled to benefits under this section, the Child claiming benefits must have acquired a disability determined by the United States Veterans Administration as compensable. To entitle a Child to benefit under this section the member of the National Guard or Reserve Component Veteran living or deceased must have served on state active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training or the Veteran must have served on active duty with the Armed Forces of the United States, and the discharge must have been under honorable conditions. The Veteran must be a resident or, if deceased, must have been a resident of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

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Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship Awards: Students who attend high school out-of state are qualified for Kentucky educational excellence scholarship awards. Further, students whose parent or guardian is serving in the United States military and who are enrolled in the University of Kentucky Pharmacy program may qualify for Kentucky educational excellence scholarship awards.
Eligibility:
Parent or guardian of students serving in the Armed Forces (Active, Reserve or National Guard component) or in forces incorporated as part of the United States Armed Forces and who were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable and maintains Kentucky as his or her home of record.

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Kentucky National Guard Tuition Award Program: National Guard members in good standing are eligible for tuition award up to the amount of tuition charged by the educational institution minus the amount received by the applicant that is restricted to the payment of tuition from: 1. a government agency; 2. an educational institution; 3. charity; 4. public educational trust; or 5. any other entity.
Eligibility:
Members of the Kentucky National Guard in good standing pursuing his or her first bachelor's degree. Priority will be given to members who have not (a) Earned an undergraduate degree; or (b) Received a certificate or diploma from a vocational education program.

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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:
David Thompson, Executive Director and Chair, Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs
Address: 700 Capitol Ave, Suite 105, Frankfort, KY 40601
Email: cpomper@ky.gov
Phone: 502-564-2611

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Employment Benefits:  

Employment Assistance: Public employees receive 21 days paid military leave per year.
Eligibility:
Public employees who are members of the National Guard, or the U.S. Army Reserve on leave for annual training or duty.

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Credit Computed for Service: The program provides a method for computation of credit for service in the Armed Forces as it applies to State and local pension and employment benefits.
Eligibility:
Veterans who served in the Armed Forces (Active, Reserve component) or in forces incorporated as part of the United States Armed Forces and who were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. 

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Credit under Pension System for Time Spent in Armed Forces: Authorizes time spent in the Armed Forces to be credited to police or fire department personnel for retirement purposes under certain conditions.
Eligibility:
Any member of the police or fire department, while a member of the police or fire department entered the Armed Forces of the United States (Active, Reserve or National Guard component) or in forces incorporated as part of the United States Armed Forces and who were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. This only applies to members who served in World War II, who apply for reinstatement within ninety (90) days after the date on which the member first received an honorable discharge, and shall not apply to those members reenlisting in the Armed Forces of the United States. 

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Service Credit Computation: Defines the types of service, including military service, which are creditable for retirement under the police and fire fighters retirement fund and the method of computation of the amount of service credit to be awarded.
Eligibility:
Veterans who served in the Armed Forces (Active, Reserve or National Guard component) or in forces incorporated as part of the United States Armed Forces and who were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. 

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Examinations Ratings and Eligibility Lists: Authorizes an increase of 5 percent on any local or County Civil Service Examination for employment.
Eligibility:
Veterans who served in the Armed Forces (Active, Reserve or National Guard component) or in forces incorporated as part of the United States Armed Forces and who were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable.(For employment by cities, counties, and local units) 

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State Employment Preference Points for Veterans, Their Spouses, Widows, Widowers, and Parents: Provides 5 hiring preference points towards state employment and 10 preference points for Veterans with service-connected disabilities and certain Spouses of Veterans with service connected disabilities; surviving Spouses of certain war Veterans and parents who were dependent on a Veteran who lost his life under honorable conditions while on active duty.
Eligibility:
Veterans who served in the Armed Forces (Active, Reserve or National Guard component) or in forces incorporated as part of the United States Armed Forces and who were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. 

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Restoration of Public Employees to Position after Military Duty: Provides mandatory restoration of public employees to identical or similar positions held prior to leaving to perform military duty. The law is applicable regardless of whether the employee left voluntarily or involuntarily.
Eligibility:
Veterans who served in the Armed Forces (Active, Reserve or National Guard component) or in forces incorporated as part of the United States Armed Forces and who were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. 

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Leave of Absence to Permit Induction in Military Service: Provides mandatory leave of absence for public employees for the purpose of being inducted in the armed forces.
Eligibility:
Veterans who served in the Armed Forces (Active, Reserve or National Guard component) or in forces incorporated as part of the United States Armed Forces and who were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable.

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Service Credit for Military Service: Provides for state employees to obtain service credit, seniority, and benefits for time spent in the Armed Forces of the United States under certain conditions.
Eligibility:
Veterans who served in the Armed Forces (Active, Reserve or National Guard component) or in forces incorporated as part of the United States Armed Forces and who were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. 

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Unemployment Compensation: 

Unemployment Insurance: Unemployment Insurance (UI) provides short term benefits for those who are unemployed through no fault of their own. 

To file a claim, you will need:

  • Your social security number

  • Your complete mailing address

  • Name, address, and phone number for each of your employers over the last 18 months.

  • The exact day you began work at each job.

  • The last day you worked at each job.

For Unemployment Insurance Information, call 877-369-5984

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Motor Vehicle Licensing Benefits:

Disabled Veteran Plate: Initial cost and the cost for each time a new plate is issued is $26.00. This plate may be issued to any non-commercial vehicle having a gross weight of less than 10,000 lbs. Submit a TC96-204 application to your local County Clerk's office. This plate is available for personalization with an additional $25.00 application fee annually. This personalized plate is limited to a maximum of 5 characters.
Eligibility:
Any Veteran who has been declared to be between 50% and 99% service-connected disabled by the United States Department of Veterans' Affairs and who has not received financial assistance from the Veteran's Administration toward the purchase or lease of a motor vehicle.

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No Fee Disabled Veteran Plate: This plate may be issued at no cost for any non-commercial vehicle having a gross weight of less than 10,000 lbs. Submit a TC96-204 to your local County Clerk's office. This plate is available for personalization for $0.00 additional application fee annually. This personalized plate is limited to a maximum of 5 characters.
Eligibility:
Any disabled Veteran who has received financial aid from the Veteran's Administration toward the purchase or lease of a motor vehicle, or Veterans who are declared by the VA to be 100% service-connected disabled; or recipients of the Medal of Honor.

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Former Prisoner of War Plate: Initial Cost and Cost each time a new plate is issued for $26.00. This plate may be issued to any non-commercial vehicle having a gross weight of less than 10,000 lbs. Annual renewal costs $9.00. This plate is available for personalization with an additional $25.00 application fee annually.
Eligibility:
Submit to the County Clerk's office written proof from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs or other appropriate federal agency stating the period of time the person or persons Spouse was a POW. In the case of the surviving Spouse, show proof of the former POW's death. Upon receipt of this plate, your regular issue plate must be turned in to your local County Clerk.

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Disabled POW Plate: The initial cost of $26.00 includes $5.00 which goes to the Veterans Trust Fund. This plate may be issued to any non-commercial vehicle having a gross weight of less than 10,000 lbs. Annual renewal costs $6.00. Submit a TC96-204 application to your local County Clerk's office.
Eligibility:
Any owner of a non-commercial motor vehicle under 10,000 lbs. who is a disabled former Prisoner of War (POW) during WWI, WWII, the Korean War or the Vietnam War, or the surviving Spouse of the Former POW who also meets the disability requirements specified in KRS 186.042.

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Medal of Honor Plate: The Medal of Honor Personalized plate is issued without a fee. This plate is available for personalization with an additional $25.00 application fee annually. This personalized plate is limited to a maximum of 4 characters.
Eligibility:
Any owner of a motor vehicle required to be registered for Kentucky highways who is a recipient of the Medal of Honor. Veteran must provide documentation from the Veteran's Administration certifying that he/she is a Medal of Honor recipient.

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National Guard Plate: Initial cost and cost each time a new plate is issued for $26.00. This plate may be issued to any non-commercial vehicle having a gross weight of less than 10,000 lbs. Annual renewal fee is $14.00. This plate is available for personalization with an additional $25.00 application fee annually. This personalized plate is limited to a maximum of 5 characters. Submit to the County Clerk's office proof of current service or twenty-five (25) years prior service for retired members. Retired members will need to submit form TC96-227. In the case of the surviving Spouse, show proof of the former National Guard member's death.
Eligibility:
Any owner of a motor vehicle required to be registered for Kentucky highways who is a current member of the Kentucky National Guard or a retired member with twenty (20) years of service. If the recipient is deceased, the surviving Spouse of the Kentucky National Guard meeting these requirements.Veteran must provide documentation from the Veteran's Administration certifying that he/she is eligible.

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National Guard Motorcycle Plate: Initial Cost and Cost each time a new plate is issued is $26.00. The annual renewal cost is $14.00. This plate is available for personalization with an additional $25.00 application fee annually. This personalized plate is limited to a maximum of 4 characters. Submit to the County Clerk's office proof of current service or twenty-five (25) years of service for retired members. Retired members will need to submit form. TC96-227 In the case of the surviving Spouse, show proof of the former National Guard member's death.
Eligibility:
An individual must either serve currently in the U.S. Armed Forces (active duty, reserve, National Guard) or have retired from or been discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces in an honorable status. If the recipient is deceased, the surviving Spouse of the Kentucky National Guard meeting these requirements

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Purple Heart Plate: Initial cost and cost each time a new plate issued is $26.00. Annual renewal cost is $14.00. This plate is available for personalization with an additional $25.00 application fee annually. This personalized plate is limited to a maximum of 5 characters. This plate may be issued to any non-commercial vehicle having a gross weight of less than 10,000 lbs. The personalized plate cannot conflict with the state number/letter system nor be offensive to good taste and decency. The customer has the option of ordering a "new" plate each year or renewing with a decal only. $5.00 of the initial and renewal cost goes to the Veteran's Trust Fund.
Eligibility:
Veteran must provide documentation from the Veteran's Administration certifying that he/she is eligible. If the Purple Heart recipient also qualifies as a disabled Veteran (no fee), he may receive either a Purple Heart or a disabled license plate for no fee. If the Purple Heart recipient is deceased, the surviving Spouse of the Purple Heart recipient is eligible.

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Purple Heart Motorcycle Plate: Initial Cost and Cost each time a new plate is issued is $26.00. The annual renewal cost is $14.00. This plate is available for personalization with an additional $25.00 application fee annually. This personalized plate is limited to a maximum of 4 characters. Eligibility: Any owner of a motor vehicle who has received a Purple Heart medal. If the Purple Heart recipient is deceased, the surviving Spouse of the Purple Heart recipient is eligible.

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Army Cross Plate: Initial cost and cost each time a new plate is issued is $9.00. The annual renewal cost is $9.00.
Eligibility:
Any owner of a non-commercial motor vehicle required to be registered for use on Kentucky highways who either currently serves in the United States Armed Forces (active duty, reserve, National Guard) or has retired from or been discharged from the United States Armed Forces in an honorable status (i.e., no dishonorable or bad conduct discharge) and who is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross Award. This plate may be issued to any non-commercial vehicle having a gross weight of less than 10,000 lbs.

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Army Cross Motorcycle Plate: Initial Cost and Cost each time a new plate is issued is $9.00. The annual renewal cost is $9.00. This plate is available for personalization with an additional $25.00 application fee annually. This personalized plate is limited to a maximum of 4 characters.
Eligibility:
Any owner of a non-commercial motor vehicle required to be registered for use on Kentucky highways who either currently serves in the United States Armed Forces (active duty, reserve, National Guard) or has retired from or been discharged from the United States Armed Forces in an honorable status and who is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross Award.

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Army Veteran Plate: Initial cost and cost each time a new plate is issued is $26.00. The annual renewal cost is $26.00. This plate is available for personalization with an additional $25.00 application fee annually. This personalized plate is limited to a maximum of 5 characters.
Eligibility:
An individual must either serve currently in the U.S. Armed Forces (Active duty, reserve, National Guard) or have retired from or been discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces in an honorable status (i.e. no dishonorable or bad conduct discharge) or a Veterans surviving Spouse. This plate may be issued to any non-commercial vehicle having a gross weight of less than 10,000 lbs.

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Army Veteran Motorcycle Plate: Initial cost and cost each time a new plate is issued is $26.00. The annual renewal cost is $26.00. This plate is available for personalization with an additional $25.00 application fee annually. This personalized plate is limited to a maximum of 4 characters. Eligibility: Any owner of a non-commercial motor vehicle required to be registered for use on Kentucky highways who either currently serves in the United States Armed Forces or has retired from or been discharged from the United States Armed Forces in an honorable status.

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Pearl Harbor Survivor Plate: Initial Cost and cost each time a new plate is issued is $26.00. The annual renewal cost is $9.00. This plate is available for personalization with an additional $25.00 application fee annually. This personalized plate is limited to a maximum of 4 characters.
Eligibility:
Any owner of a motor vehicle who can submit proof from the Kentucky Pearl Harbor Survivors Association. This plate may be issued to any non-commercial vehicle having a gross weight of less than 10,000 lbs.

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Gold Star Mother Plate: The first two (2) Gold Star Mother plates are issued with no initial and renewal charge. Each additional plate will have a fee of $26.00.
Eligibility:
Any owner who is a member or associate member of the American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. The individual should contact the Kentucky Department of Veterans' Affairs. The Department of Veterans' Affairs will determine the individual's eligibility then provide the individual with the proper documentation to take to the County Clerk's Office to apply for the plate. This plate may be issued to any non-commercial motor vehicle having a gross weight of 10,000 lbs. or less. Note: There is no charge for the first two plates; additional plates may be purchased for a fee.

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Gold Star Mother Motorcycle Plate: The first two (2) Gold Star Mother motorcycle plates are issued with no initial and renewal charge. Each additional plate will have a fee of $26.00.
Eligibility:
Any owner of a non-commercial motor vehicle required to be registered for use on Kentucky highways who is a member or associate member of the American Gold Star Mother's Inc.

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Gold Star Father: The first two (2) Gold Star Father plates are issued with no initial and renewal charge. Each additional plate will have a fee of $26.00.
Eligibility:
Any owner who is a member or associate member of the American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. The individual should contact the Kentucky Department of Veterans' Affairs. The Department of Veterans' Affairs will determine the individual's eligibility then provide the individual with the proper documentation to take to the County Clerk's Office to apply for the plate. This plate may be issued to any non-commercial motor vehicle having a gross weight of 10,000 lbs. or less. Note: There is no charge for the first two plates; additional plates may be purchased for a fee.

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Gold Star Father Motorcycle Plate: The first two (2) Gold Star Father motorcycle plates are issued with no initial and renewal charge. Each additional plate will have a fee of $26.00.
Eligibility:
Any owner of a non-commercial motor vehicle required to be registered for use on Kentucky highways who is a member or associate member of the American Gold Star Mother's Inc.

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Gold Star Spouse Plate: The first two (2) Gold Star Spouse plates are issued with no initial and renewal charge. Each additional plate will have a fee of $26.00.
Eligibility:
Any owner who is a member or associate member of the Gold Star Wives of America, Inc. The individual should contact the Kentucky Department of Veterans' Affairs. The Department of Veterans' Affairs will determine the individual's eligibility then provide the individual with the proper documentation to take to the County Clerk's Office to apply for the plate. This plate may be issued to any non-commercial motor vehicle having a gross weight of 10,000 lbs. or less. Note: There is no charge for the first two plates; additional plates may be purchased for a fee.

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Gold Star Spouse Motorcycle Plate: The first 2 (2) Gold Star Spouse motorcycle plates are issued with no initial and renewal charge. Each additional plate will have a fee of $26.00.
Eligibility:
Any owner of a non-commercial motor vehicle required to be registered for use on Kentucky highways who is a member or associate member of the Gold Star Wives of America, Inc.

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Bronze Star with Valor Device Plate: Initial Cost and cost each time a new plate is issued is $26.00. The annual renewal cost is $26.00.
Eligibility:
Any owner of a motor vehicle required to be registered for Kentucky highways who is a recipient of a Bronze Star with Valor Device. Veteran must provide documentation copy of DD214 stating they are a recipient of the Bronze Star with Valor Device. If the recipient is deceased, the surviving Spouse of the Bronze Star with Valor Device recipient is eligible. This plate may be issued to any non-commercial vehicle having a gross weight of less than 10,000 lbs.

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Bronze Star with Valor Device Motorcycle Plate: Initial cost and cost each time a new plate is issued is $26.00. The annual renewal cost is $26.00.
Eligibility:
Any owner of a non-commercial motor vehicle required to be registered for Kentucky highways who have received a Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device. If the recipient is deceased, the surviving Spouse of the Bronze Star with Valor Device recipient is eligible.

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Silver Star Medal Plate: Initial Cost and cost each time a new plate is issued is $26.00. The annual renewal cost is $26.00.
Eligibility:
Any owner of a motor vehicle required to be registered for Kentucky highways who is a recipient of a Silver Star Medal. Veteran must provide documentation copy of DD214 stating they are a recipient of the Silver Star Medal. If the recipient is deceased, the surviving Spouse of the Silver Star recipient is eligible.This plate may be issued to any non-commercial vehicle having a gross weight of less than 10,000 lbs.

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Silver Star Motorcycle Plate: Initial cost and cost each time a new plate is issued is $26.00. The annual renewal cost is $26.00.
Eligibility:
Any owner of a non-commercial motor vehicle required to be registered for use on Kentucky highways has received a Silver Star Medal. If the recipient is deceased, the surviving Spouse of the Silver Star recipient is eligible.

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Health and Insurance Benefits:

State Group Insurance: Air/Army National Guard Service members, 1st yr- $10,000.00 free.
Eligibility:
Available Only to National Guard Service members

Medical Benefits: Worker's Compensation
Eligibility:
Available Only to National Guard Service members

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Death Benefits: The Spouse of members of the Kentucky National Guard on state active duty pursuant to KRS 38.030, or a member of a state National Guard or a Reserve component on federal active duty who names Kentucky as home of record for military purposes, whose death occurs on or after July 1, 2002, as a direct result of an act in the line of duty shall receive a lump-sum payment of eighty thousand dollars ($80,000) if there are no surviving Children, which sum shall be paid by the State Treasurer from the general expenditure fund of the State Treasury. If there are surviving Children and a surviving Spouse, the payment shall be apportioned equally among the surviving Children and the Spouse. If there is no surviving Spouse, the payment shall be made to the Children, eighteen (18) or more years of age. For surviving Children less than eighteen (18) years of age, the State Treasurer shall: (a) Pay thirty-five thousand dollars ($35,000) to the surviving Children; and (b) Hold forty-five thousand dollars ($45,000) in trust divided into equal accounts at appropriate interest rates for each surviving Child until the Child reaches the age of eighteen (18) years.

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Park and Recreation Benefits:

Hunting and Fishing Privileges: Authorizes Veterans to purchase a $5.00 license to hunt and fish. The license allows you to hunt and fish and covers the following state permits: deer, turkey, migratory bird, waterfowl, and trout. Every 3 years, you must provide updated paperwork to receive a new card.
Eligibility:
Veterans with 50%or more service-connected disability.

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Exempt From Having Sport Hunting or Fishing Licenses: Kentucky resident Servicemen or women on furlough of more than three days, carrying proper identification and papers showing furlough status.

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Kentucky Veterans Lodging Guidelines: Available for a maximum of three overnight stays / calendar year, three nights max for each visit, subject to availability at a Kentucky State Park. During the period Memorial Day - Labor Day, and the month of October, stays must start / end during the 5-day Sunday - Thursday period. Outside of this period, stays can be for any days of the week, subject to availability. The free accommodation (room, cottage, or campsite) will apply only to that occupied by the Veteran themselves.
Eligibility:
Benefit is only for Veterans who are 100% disabled as a direct result of a service-connected incident and is a current Kentucky resident. Benefit extends to Kentucky National Guard or Reserve members disabled under the same circumstance. 100% disability is determined by the US Veterans Administration or Department of Defense. National Guard disability is determined as provided in KRS Chapter 342. Those eligible will have a letter from the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

Camping - Kentucky Ex POWs: Free camping at all Kentucky State Parks
Eligibility:
Kentucky Veterans with a Prisoner of War (POW) card issued by Kentucky Department of Parks.

Lodging and Camping Discounts: Current and retired military personnel, with proof of service, are entitled to a 10% discount of lodging or camping in Kentucky State Parks.

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Miscellaneous Benefits:

Kentucky State Veteran Cemeteries: The state of Kentucky will furnish a grave or columbarium space, opening and closing the grave, providing the interment site with perpetual care, and supply a suitable marker or headstone. Burial in a state Veteran's cemetery (Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West, Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Central, Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North, and Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North East) is based on military service. Total interment services include:

  • Furnishing grave or columbarium space

  • Opening and closing the grave

  • Providing the interment site with perpetual care

  • Supplying a suitable marker or headstone

  • Furnishing an optional concrete grave liner for all casketed burials

Eligibility: The eligibility criterion is the same criteria for burial in VA national cemeteries. Reserve and National Guard members with 20 years qualifying service who are entitled to retire. Reserve component members who die from injury or illness incurred while on active duty. ROTC members who die from injury or illness connected with attending an authorized camp or cruise. The Spouse or surviving Spouse of an eligible Veteran is eligible for interment even if that Veteran is not buried or memorialized in a national cemetery. In addition, the Spouse or surviving Spouse of a member of the Armed Forces of the United States whose remains are unavailable for burial is also eligible for burial.

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Presidential Memorial Certificate (PMC): An engraved paper certificate, signed by the current President, to honor the memory of honorably discharged deceased Veterans. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the PMC program by preparing the certificates which bear the current President's signature expressing the country's grateful recognition of the Veteran's service in the United States Armed Forces.
Eligibility:
Eligible recipients include the next of kin and loved ones of honorably discharged deceased Veterans. More than one certificate may be provided.

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Homeless Veterans Program: Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs (KDVA) has partnered with the Salvation Army, Wayside Christina Mission, Interlink Counseling Services, St. Vincent DePaul, Volunteers of America, Kentucky St. James Place, the Hope Center, Pennyroyal Center for Homeless Veterans, and the Brighton Recovery Center for Women to operate a drug/alcohol treatment/transitional housing programs in Louisville, Lexington, Western, and Northern Kentucky.
Eligibility:
The program provides assistance to homeless Veterans who served in the Veterans who served in the Armed Forces (Active, Reserve or National Guard component) or in forces incorporated as part of the United States Armed Forces and who were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable.

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Women Veterans Program: The mission of the Kentucky Women Veterans Program shall be to ensure that Kentucky's women Veterans have equitable access to federal and state veterans' services and benefits. The goals are to:

  • Perform outreach to improve women Veterans' awareness of eligibility for federal and state Veterans' services and benefits;

  • Assess the needs of women Veterans with respect to improve the Women Veterans Program;

  • Make recommendations to the Commissioner to improve benefits and services;

  • Review programs, research projects, and other initiatives designed to address or meet the needs of Kentucky's women Veterans;

  • Incorporate women Veterans' issues in the Department's strategic planning; and
    Participate in National forums and committees for women Veterans.

Eligibility: The program provides assistance to women who served in the Armed Forces (Active, Reserve or National Guard component) or in forces incorporated as part of the United States Armed Forces and who were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable.

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Immunity for acts done in pursuance of duty -- Immunity from arrest on civil process: No officer, warrant officer, or enlisted man of the Kentucky National Guard or Kentucky active militia shall be arrested, except in case of a felony, while going to, remaining at, or returning from a place where he is ordered to attend for state active duty.

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Certified Copies of Records to be Furnished Veterans Administration Without Charge: Copies of any public records required by the Veterans Administration to be used in determining the eligibility of a person to participate in benefits made available by the Veterans Administration will be provided without charge.
Eligibility:
Veterans who served in the Armed Forces (Active, Reserve or National Guard component) or in forces incorporated as part of the United States Armed Forces and who were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable.

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Exemption from Tolls: National Guard Service members do not pay toll charges while on duty
Eligibility: Available Only to National Guard Service members.

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Burial Honors: KDVA helps implement and assist Veterans Service Organizations with Burial honor Programs.
Eligibility:
Interment in a state Veteran's cemetery is based on military service. The eligibility criteria is the same criteria for burial in VA national cemeteries. KDVA staff will direct requests for interment to staff at the cemetery where burial is sought.

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Korean War Missing DNA Project: KDVA is assisting DOD POW/MIA office in locating Family members of missing Kentuckians who bodies have not been returned from the Korean War. DNA samples are being obtained from Family member in an effort to help identify returned remains.

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High School Diploma Program for Veterans of World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War: House bill 45 authorized school districts to issue high school diplomas to Veterans whose high school education was interrupted by the global conflict.

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Republic of Korea War Service Medal (ROKWSM): On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Korean War, the Republic of Korea is providing the Republic of Korea War Service Medal (ROKWSM) to pay tribute to the Korean War Veterans for their historic endeavors to preserve freedom of the ROK.

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Paid Days off for Military Spouses: Any state employee who is the Spouse of a member of the United States Armed Forces, including a member of a state National Guard or a Reserve component on federal active duty, shall receive, at the discretion of the state employee, one (1) day off, with pay, from work when the member is deployed and one (1) day off, with pay, from work when the member returns from deployment.

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Kentucky Veteran Centers: The Commonwealth of Kentucky is committed to providing long-term care facilities for Kentucky's Veterans, offering a broad range of versatile nursing care. The Eastern Kentucky Veterans Center (EKVC), Thomson-Hood Veterans Center (THVC), and Western Kentucky Veterans Center (WKVC) have a compassionate and professional staff committed to providing thoughtful, quality care. These facilities are also fully prepared to provide care for dementia and Alzheimer residents. Additionally, each of the homes is outfitted with state of the art equipment. Physical therapy and recreational activities are available to help the residents achieve their ultimate functioning abilities.

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Veterans Health Administration Veterans Health Administration

Veterans Health Administration
VA Health Care System
Lexington: Lexington VA Medical Center, Cooper Division, 1101 Veterans Dr, 859-281-4900 / 859-233-4511, Leestown Division, 2250 Leestown Rd, 859-281-4900 / 859-233-4511

VA Medical Center
Lexington: Lexington VAMC: Cooper Division, 1101 Veterans Dr, 859-281-4900 / 859-233-4511
Lexington: Lexington VAMC: Leestown Division, 2250 Leestown Rd, 859-281-4900 / 859-233-4511
Louisville: Robley Rex VA Medical Center, 800 Zorn Ave, 502-287-4000 / 800-376-8387

Outpatient Clinic
Hopkinsville: Hopkinsville, Kentucky OPC, 1102 South Virginia Dr, 270-885-2106 / Fax: 270-885-2043

Community Based Outpatient Clinic
Bellevue: Bellevue Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 103 Landmark Dr, Suite 300, 859-392-3840
Berea: Berea Kentucky CBOC, 209 Pauline Dr, 859-986-1259
Bowling Green: Bowling Green Kentucky CBOC, 600 US 31 West Bypass, Suite 12, 270-782-0120
Carrollton: VA Healthcare Center, Carrollton, 1911 US Highway 227, 502-287-6060
Clarkson: VA Healthcare Center, Grayson, 619 Elizabethtown Rd, 866-653-8232
Florence: Florence Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 7711 Ewing Blvd, 859-282-4480
Ft Knox: VA Healthcare Center, Ft. Knox Kentucky, 851 Ireland Loop, 502-624-9396
Hanson: Hanson Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 926 Veterans Dr, 270-322-8019 / Fax: 270-322-8957
Hazard: Hazard CBOC, 210 Black Gold Blvd, 606-436-2350
Louisville: VA Healthcare Center, Dupont Kentucky CBOC, 4010 Dupont Circle, 502-287-6986
Louisville: VA Healthcare Center, Newburg Kentucky, 3430 Newburg Rd, 502-287-6223
Louisville: VA Healthcare Center, Shively Kentucky CBOC, 3934 North Dixie Highway, Suite 210, 502-287-6000
Mayfield: Mayfield Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 1253 Paris Rd, Suite A, 270-247-2455 / Fax: 270-247-7915
Morehead: Morehead CBOC, 333 Beacon Hill Rd, 606-784-3004
Owensboro: Owensboro Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 3400 New Hartford Rd, 270-684-5034
Paducah: Paducah Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 2620 Perkins Creek Dr, 270-444-8465 / Fax: 270-443-8198
Prestonsburg: Prestonsburg, Kentucky CBOC, 5230 KY Rt. 321, 606-886-1970
Somerset: Somerset, Kentucky CBOC, 163 Tower Circle, 606-676-0786

Vet Center - 877-927-8387
Lexington: Lexington Vet Center, 1500 Leestown Rd, Suite 104, 859-253-0717 / Fax: 859-281-0082
Louisville: Louisville Vet Center, 1347 S. Third St, 502-634-1916 / Fax: 502-625-7082

Veterans Benefits Administration
Intake Site (Pre-Discharge Claims Assistance)
Fort Campbell: Fort Campbell, Lee Soldier & Family Support CenterRegional Benefit Office
Louisville: Louisville Regional Office, 321 West Main Street, Suite 390

National Cemetery Administration
National Cemetery
Danville: Danville National Cemetery, 277 North First St, 859-885-5727 / Fax: 859-887-4860
Lebanon: Lebanon National Cemetery, 20 Highway 208, 270-692-3390 / Fax: 270-692-0018
Lexington: Lexington National Cemetery, 833 West Main St, 859-885-5727 / Fax: 859-887-4860
Louisville: Cave Hill National Cemetery, 701 Baxter Ave, 502-893-3852 / Fax: 502-893-6612
Louisville: Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, 4701 Brownboro Rd, 502-893-3852 / Fax: 502-893-6612
Nancy: Mill Springs National Cemetery, 9044 West Highway 80, 859-885-5727 / Fax: 859-887-4860
Nicholasville: Camp Nelson National Cemetery, 6980 Danville Rd, 859-885-5727 / Fax: 859-887-4860
Southgate: Evergreen Cemetery Soldiers' Lot, 25 South Alexandria Pike, 859-885-5727 / Fax: 859-887-4860

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Military Installations in Kentucky

Active Duty
Army
Fort Campbell
Fort Knox

National Guard
Kentucky Army National Guard
Kentucky Air National Guard

United States Army Reserve (USAR)
81st Regional Support Command

Resources

Kentucky Revised Statute - http://www.lrc.ky.gov/statutes/index.aspx

http://veterans.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx

www.va.gov/directory/guide/state.asp?State=KY&dnum=ALL

http://www.lrc.ky.gov/Statutes/statute.aspx?id=5924

http://www.oet.ky.gov/veteran/veteran.htm

http://mvl.ky.gov/MVLWeb/index.jsp

http://mvl.ky.gov/MVLWeb/PIServlet?PlateId#ABC4

http://mvl.ky.gov/MVLWeb/PIServlet?PlateId#ABC5

http://www.retirementliving.com/taxes-kansas-new-mexico#KENTUCKY

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

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

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

http://veterans.ky.gov/employmentinfo/state/Pages/default.aspx

Document Review Date: 10 December 2014