State / Territory Benefits - Maine
Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) Related Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Parks and Recreation Benefits
Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Facilities
Summary: Maine offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including a Homestead Exemption, Tax Exemptions, Employment Assistance, Employment Preference, Tuition Aid Grant, State Parks and Campground, Special Vehicle License Plates, as well as Hunting and Fishing Privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component and disability status.
State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility
State Tax Benefit: None.
Retirement Income Taxes: You and your Spouse (if married) may each deduct up to $10,000 of eligible pension income that is included in your federal adjusted gross income. The $10,000 cap must be reduced by any Social Security and Railroad Retirement benefits received, whether taxable or not. Deductible pension income includes state, and federal pension benefits, as well as retirement benefits received from employee retirement plans. The subtraction modification is expanded to include all federally taxable pension income, annuity income and individual retirement account distributions, except pick-up contributions for which a deduction has been allowed.
Retired Military Pay: For tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2016, benefits received under a military retirement plan, including survivor benefits, are fully exempt from Maine income tax. 36 M.R.S. § 5122(2)(M-2); LD 1019, PL 2015, c. 267, Pt. DD, § 1
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: For tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2016, survivor benefits received under a military retirement plan are fully exempt from Maine income tax. 36 M.R.S. § 5122(2)(M-2); LD 1019, PL 2015, c. 267, Pt. DD, § 1
Homestead Exemption: This program provides a measure of property tax relief for certain individuals that have owned homestead property in Maine for at least twelve months and make the property they occupy on April 1 their permanent residence. Property owners would receive an exemption of $15,000. Homestead Application
Veterans Exemption: A Veteran who served during a recognized war period and is 62 years or older; or, is receiving 100% disability as a Veteran; or, became 100% disabled while serving, is eligible for a $6,000 property tax exemption. To apply the Veteran Exemption Application must be submitted.
Eligibility: Veteran or un-remarried surviving Spouse.
Paraplegic Veteran Exemption: Estates of paraplegic Veterans, including property held in joint tenancy with the Veteran's Spouse or held in a revocable living trust for the benefit of that Veteran, are exempt up to $50,000 of just valuation, for a specially adapted housing unit, and only in the place where the Veteran is a legal resident (Veteran Exemption Application), provided the Veteran:
- is a resident of the State of Maine; and
- has notified in writing the assessors of the municipality in which he or she resides of his or her claim for exemption and furnished proof of his or her entitlement on or before April 1 (such notification once made need not be repeated in subsequent years); and
- is a paraplegic Veteran, so-called, within the meaning of 38 United States Code, Chapter 21, Section 2101; and
- has received a grant from the United States Government for such specially adapted housing.
Eligibility: Veteran or un-remarried surviving Spouse.
Widows or Widowers of Paraplegic Veterans Exemption: Widows/Widowers of paraplegic Veterans are eligible for an exemption up to $50,000 of just valuation in the place of legal residence.
Eligibility: In order to be eligible, the Widow/Widower must:
- be a legal resident of the State of Maine, and;
- have notified in writing the assessors of the municipality in which the Widow or Widower resides for the claim for exemption and furnished proof of entitlement on or before April 1 (such notification once made need not be repeated in subsequent years); and
- be the Widow/Widower of a paraplegic Veteran, so-called, within the meaning of 38 United States Code, Chapter 21, Section 801, who received a grant from the US Government for such specially adapted housing.
Blind Exemption: A Veteran who is determined to be legally blind receives a $4,000.00 exemption. The Blind Exemption Application must be submitted.
Veterans' Exemption for Widows and Widowers: Estates of a Widow or a Widower of a Veteran, real and personal, including property held in a revocable living trust for the benefit of that Widow or Widower, are exempt up to $6,000 ($7,000 for the Widow or Widower of a deceased Veteran who served during a war period prior to World War II) of just valuation in the place of legal residence.
Eligibility: The Widow or Widower must:
- be a legal resident of the State of Maine, and
- have notified in writing the assessors of the municipality in which the Widow or Widower resides for the claim for exemption and furnished proof of entitlement on or before April 1 (such notification once made need not be repeated in subsequent years); and
- NOT be remarried (the divorced wife or the divorced husband of a qualified Veteran or the remarried Widow/Widower of a qualified Veteran is not eligible for exemption); and
- Be receiving, regardless of their age, a pension or compensation as a Widow/Widower of a Veteran from the United States Government; or be a Widow/Widower of a Veteran who could be entitled to such exemption if living.
Veterans' Exemption - Minor Child: Estates of a minor Child of a deceased Veteran, real and personal, including property held in a revocable living trust for the benefit of that minor Child, are exempt up to $6,000 of just valuation in the place of legal residence.
Eligibility: In order to claim the exemption, the Child must:
- Be a legal resident of the State of Maine, and;
- Have notified in writing the assessors of the municipality in which he or she resides of the claim for exemption and furnished proof of entitlement on or before April 1st. Such notification may be made by another in the minor Child's behalf, such as parent or guardian, and such notification need not be repeated in subsequent years; and
- Be under the age of 18.
Veterans' Exemption - Parents: The estates of a Widow/Widower parent of a deceased Veteran, real and personal, including property held in a revocable living trust for the benefit of that parent are exempt from taxation up to $6,000 of just valuation in the place of legal residence.
Eligibility: In order to receive the exemption, the parent must:
- Be a legal resident of the State of Maine, and;
- Have notified in writing the assessors of the municipality in which he or she resides of the claim for exemption and furnished proof of entitlement on or before April 1st. Such notification need not be repeated in subsequent years; and
- Not be remarried (the divorced parent of a Veteran or the remarried Widowed parent of a Veteran is not eligible for exemption), and
- Have reached the age of 62, and
- Be in receipt of pension or compensation based upon the service-connected death of the parent's Child.
Veterans Dependents Education Benefits Program: This program is administered by the Bureau of Maine Veterans' Services under the provisions of MRSA 37-B, Chapter 7, Section 505(2). Benefits under this program include waiver of tuition and related fees for qualified dependents of certain disabled or deceased Veterans. Schools covered under this program include the University of Maine System, Maine Community Colleges and Maine Maritime Academy.
Eligibility: Veteran must have been a resident of Maine at the time of entry into the service, or if not must have been a resident of Maine for five years preceding application for benefits. " Child" means a Child whose mother or father is or was a Veteran and the Child is at least 16 years of age; has graduated from high school; and enrolled in a degree program prior to turning age 22 and has not reached the age of 26 at the time of application. NOTE: If the Child is unable to enroll in a degree program prior to turning 22 years of age due to service in the United States Armed Forces, then the Child may apply to begin this benefit until reaching 26 years of age. "Child" also means a stepchild who is a member of a Veteran's household either at the time of application or, in the event of the Veteran's death, was a member of the household, and who continues to be a member of the Veteran's household after the death of the Veteran. "Child" also means a legally adopted Child whose natural parent is or was a Veteran. "Spouse" means the person currently legally married to a living Veteran or the Widow or Widower of a deceased Veteran, not previously divorced from that Veteran. "Veteran" means any person who served in the military or Naval forces of the United States and entered the service from the State or resided in this State for 5 years immediately preceding application for aid and who:
- Is living and is determined to have a total permanent disability resulting from service-connected disability as a result of service;
- Was killed in action;
- Died from a service-connected disability as a result of service;
- At the time of death was totally and permanently disabled due to service-connected disability, but whose death was not related to the service-connected disability; or
- Is a member of the Armed Forces on active duty who has been listed for more than 90 days as missing in action, captured or forcibly detained or interned in the line of duty by a foreign government or power.
Maine National Guard Education Assistance: Provides eligible Soldiers direct tuition assistance to help with college up to 100% tuition at all state colleges and universities, limited to the tuition cost for the state university. The program is subject to funding availability, individual eligibility criteria, and application guidelines & deadlines published to units.
Eligibility: Maine National Guard member must satisfy all four of the following conditions:
- Be a member of the Maine National Guard on or before the first day of class for the semester, trimester, quarter, or term.
- Have successfully completed basic training or received a commission on or before the first day of class for the semester, trimester, quarter, or term.
- Be a satisfactory participant in the Maine National Guard. An "unsatisfactory participant" is a member of the Maine National Guard who has accumulated 9 or more unexcused absences from unit training assemblies within a 12-month period, or who, without proper authority, fails to attend or complete the entire period of annual training.
- Enter into a written contractual commitment with the Maine National Guard to serve in the Maine National Guard for at least one year beyond the end of the term for which Education Assistance is granted.
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:
Tom Desjardin, State Commissioner, Maine Department of Education
Address: 23 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333
Sarah Forster, Assistant Attorney General
Address: 6 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333
Employment Assistance: In accordance with HR 117 and the Federal VOW to Hire Heroes Act, Veterans and eligible Spouses are given priority of service for the receipt of employment, training and placement services provided under most Maine Department of Labor-funded programs. Veterans and eligible Spouses are entitled to precedence for such services. This means that a Veteran or eligible Spouse either receives access to a service earlier than others, or if resources are limited, the Veteran or eligible Spouse receives access to the service instead of others. Disabled Veteran Outreach Program (DVOP) specialists and Local Veterans Employment Representatives (LVERs) are available for face-to-face counseling and support, resume preparation, job search & networking, and other related topics and services.
If you are a Veteran or eligible Spouse, please identify yourself as such when inquiring about any Maine Department of Labor program. By doing so, you will be able to take full advantage of this priority. Click here for a list of representatives and locations.
Eligibility: A person who served at least 180 days in the active military, and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable, as specified in 38 U.S.C. 101(2). Active service includes full-time Federal service in the National Guard or a Reserve Component. The definition of "active service" does not include full-time duty performed strictly for training purposes (i.e., that which is referred to as "weekend" or "annual" training), nor does it include full-time active duty performed by National Guard personnel who are mobilized by State rather than Federal authorities.
Eligible Spouse: As defined in 38 U.S.C. 4215(a), means the Spouse of any of the following:
- Any Veteran who died of a service-connected disability
- Any member of the Armed Forces serving on active duty who, at the time of application for the priority, is listed in one or more of the following categories and has been so listed for a total of more than 90 days:
- Missing in action
- Captured in the line of duty by a hostile force
- Forcibly detained or interned in the line of duty by a foreign government or power
- Any Veteran who has a total disability resulting from a service-connected, as evaluated by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Veterans Employment Assistance: State employee receives 17 work days paid military leave per calendar year and unlimited leave without pay
Eligibility: State employee engaged in any form of military duty.
Compensation for State Active Duty: Members of the Maine National Guard ordered to active state service under Title 37B, except under section 150, are entitled to receive at least the same pay and allowances as would be payable to those persons from the United States Armed Forces. The member's pay, except for that pay of those members serving under section 150, must include minimum pay based upon at least 12 hours a day at the state minimum wage. The salaries costs for members of the Maine National Guard, (active or retired), ordered to active state service under section 150 shall not exceed costs for a similar state government position or for a comparable grade and series Federal Civil Service position for the geographic area in which the employee works.
Eligibility: Army National Guard Service members on state active duty.
Veterans Preference for Retention: In making appointments to and retention in any position on an open competitive basis in the classified service, preference shall be given to Veterans of the Armed Forces of the United States
Eligibility: Veterans who have been honorably separated, or to their wives, husbands, Widows, Widowers, mothers or fathers.
Reemployment: State employees who enter military service retain reemployment rights under both the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 and Maine law. The state employee who enters military service on a short-term basis would generally be returned to the position that he or she left. Employees who enter military service on a long-term basis would be returned to the position that he or she left or be returned to a position of like status and pay for which he or she is qualified. Agency human resource representatives should be consulted if denial of reemployment for any reason is contemplated.
Upon the completion of service (less than 31 days, including weekend drills) employees are also entitled to reasonable time for return travel, and an eight-hour period of rest, before returning to work. The allotted time to apply for reemployment increases incrementally, depending upon the length of service.
Eligibility: Army National Guard and Reserve Service members
Veterans Preference for Examination (State): Preference points shall be added to the earned qualifying rating in examinations, provided that a passing grade is attained, of Veterans applying for positions in the state service in accordance with the following, provided that they have not been previously employed in the classified service after obtaining preference points. A Veteran who is receiving a disability pension shall be entitled to preference points under this subsection, notwithstanding his previous employment in the classified service after obtaining preference points.
- A Veteran who served on active duty in any of the Armed Forces for at least 90 days consecutively and who was honorably separated must be accorded a 5-point preference.
- The Widow or Widower of a Veteran, who has never remarried, shall be granted a 5-point preference.
- A Veteran who served on active duty in any of the Armed Forces for at least 90 consecutive days, at any time, was honorably separated, and who has a service-connected disability of 10% or more and receives compensation, pension or disability retirement under public laws administered by the Veterans Administration or by a branch of the Armed Forces shall be accorded a 10-point preference.
- The Spouse of a disabled Veteran is entitled to a 10-point preference in lieu of the Veteran when his or her service-connected disability disqualifies him or her for appointment in the classified service along the general lines of his or her usual occupation.
- The Widow or Widower, who has never remarried, of a who lost his or her life under honorable conditions while serving on active duty in any of the Armed Forces or who died as the result of service-connected disability must be accorded a 10-point preference.
- The natural mother or father of a Veteran deceased who lost his or her life under honorable conditions while serving on active duty in any of the Armed Forces and who is or was married to the father or mother of the Veteran on whose service he or she bases his or her claim; and who is Widowed, divorced or separated; or who lives with him or her totally and permanently disabled husband or wife, either the Veteran's father or mother or the husband or wife of his or her remarriage, is entitled to a 10-point preference.
Eligibility: A Veteran of the " Armed Forces" means the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps or Coast Guard, " Honorable separation" means discharge or release from a continuous tour of active duty in any of the Armed Forces, the official records of which show the character of service or type of discharge to have been honorable, and " Veteran " means a person who served on full-time active duty, exclusive of active duty for training, in the Armed Forces of the United States.
Veteran's Hiring Preferences (Federal): By Federal law, Veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the United States Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over non-Veterans both in hiring into the Federal civil service and in retention during reduction in force. Veterans may be entitled to 5 or 10 points included in any scoring process for examination or interviews.
5-point Hiring Preference: Five points are added to the examination score or rating of a Veteran who served:
- During a war; or
- During the period April 28, 1952 through July 1, 1955; or
- For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred after January 31, 1955, and before October 15, 1976; or
- During the Gulf War from August 2, 1990, through January 2, 1992; or
- For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred during the period beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on August 31, 2010, the last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom; or
- In a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has been authorized. Any Armed Forces Expeditionary medal or campaign badge, including El Salvador, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Southwest Asia, Somalia, and Haiti, qualifies for preference.
10-point Compensable Disability (CP) Preference: Ten points are added to the examination score or rating of:
- A Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of at least 10 percent but less than 30 percent.
10-Point 30 Percent Compensable Disability Preference (CPS): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of a Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.
10-Point Disability Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of:
- A Veteran who served at any time and has a present service-connected disability or is receiving compensation, disability retirement benefits, or pension from the military or the Department of Veterans Affairs but does not qualify as a CP or CPS; or
- A Veteran who received a Purple Heart.
10-Point Derived Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of Spouses, Widows, Widowers, or Mothers of Veterans as described below. This type of preference is usually referred to as "derived preference" because it is based on service of a Veteran who is not able to use the preference. Both a Mother and a Spouse (including Widow or Widower) may be entitled to preference on the basis of the same Veteran's service if they both meet the requirements. However, neither may receive preference if the Veteran is living and is qualified for Federal employment.
Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of the Spouse of a disabled Veteran who is disqualified for a Federal position along the general lines of his or her usual occupation because of a service-connected disability. Such a disqualification may be presumed when the Veteran is unemployed and
- Is rated by appropriate military or Department of Veterans Affairs authorities to be 100 percent disabled and/or unemployable; or
- Has retired, been separated, or resigned from a civil service position on the basis of a disability that is service-connected in origin; or
- Has attempted to obtain a civil service position or other position along the lines of his or her usual occupation and has failed to qualify because of a service-connected disability.
Preference may be allowed in other circumstances but anything less than the above warrants a more careful analysis.
A campaign medal holder or Gulf War Veteran who originally enlisted after September 7, 1980, (or began active duty on or after October 14, 1982, and has not previously completed 24 months of continuous active duty) must have served continuously for 24 months or the full period called or ordered to active duty. The 24-month service requirement does not apply to 10-point preference eligible Veterans separated for disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, or to Veterans separated for hardship or other reasons under 10 U.S.C. 1171 or 1173.
Unemployment Insurance: Unemployment Insurance (UI) provides temporary, partial wage replacement to workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own.
You can file a Maine Internet claim if:
- You have worked in the state of Maine or served in the military within the past 18 months.
- You have not filed a claim for unemployment benefits against another state in the past 12 months.
You will need the following information to complete your claim:
- Your Social Security Number;
- Alien Registration Number, if applicable;
- The business name, address and telephone number of each place you worked at during the past 18 months;
- The jobs you held and the dates you worked for each employer within the past 18-month period.
To reach the Unemployment Claims Center by phone, call 1-800-593-7660 between 8:00 AM and 4:45 PM Monday through Friday.
Military Service Driver's License Designation: A military service driver's license designator is available. This designation is a widely recognized indicator that will assist military personnel in obtaining qualifying benefits.
Eligibility: All applicants must currently be serving in the United States Armed Forces; or provide verification of honorable discharge from the United States military (DD Form 214), or provide certification from the United States Veterans Administration or other appropriate branch of the United States Armed Forces verifying the applicant's military service and honorable discharge. If you currently have the field of stars background on your credential, you may not need to show additional information. If you wish to have the flag indicator added to the license other than at renewal time, there is a $5.00 duplicate fee.
Purple Heart Plate: A Veteran who is a recipient of the Purple Heart medal can obtain up to two sets of Purple Heart Plates. The registration fee is exempt on a vehicle with a registered weight that does not exceed 10,000 lbs.
Purple Heart Motorcycle Plate: A qualified Veteran may obtain the Purple Heart motorcycle plate upon proof of receipt of the award. Registration fee is exempt.
Purple Heart Souvenir Plate: A qualified Veteran or the surviving Spouse may obtain the Purple Heart souvenir plate. This plate is available as a standard passenger plate or a motorcycle plate. There is no fee to obtain this souvenir plate, limit one. Not to be displayed on a motor vehicle.
Disabled Veteran Plate: A disabled Veteran that has been rated as 100% service-connected (permanent and total) and in receipt of 100% benefits. The registration fee is exempt on a vehicle with a registered weight that does not exceed 10,000 lbs.
Or any Veteran who has the loss of both lower extremities or has the loss of use of both lower extremities is exempt from all motor vehicle related fees including excise and sales tax on a vehicle with a registered weight not to exceed 10,000 lbs.
Disabled Veteran Parking Plate: A Veteran must be 100% service connected disabled (permanent and total) in receipt of 100% benefits. Exempt from all motor vehicle related fees including excise and sales tax on a vehicle with a registered weight not to exceed 10,000 lbs.
Amputee/Loss of Use of Limb(s)-Blind Veterans Plate: Any amputee, loss of use of limb(s), or blind Veteran registering their own vehicle are exempt from payment of excise tax, sales tax, title and registration fees on one vehicle. If double amputee of lower extremities or loss of use of lower extremities, a Disabled Veteran plate or Disabled Veteran Parking plate is issued. Exempt from all motor vehicle related fees including excise and sales tax on a vehicle with a registered weight not to exceed 10,000 lbs.
Medal of Honor Plate: Issued to a Veteran who is the recipient of the Medal of Honor. The registration fee is exempt on a vehicle with a registered weight that does not exceed 10,000 lbs.
Former Prisoner of War (POW): A Veteran who was a prisoner of war at any time during tenure of service. The registration fee is exempt on a vehicle with a registered weight that does not exceed 10,000 lbs.
Pearl Harbor Survivor Plate: Issued to any Veteran who served in the United States Armed Forces and was stationed at Pearl Harbor during the attack on December 7, 1941. Registration fee is exempt.
Special Veteran Plate: Any Veteran who has been honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces, or to a person who has served for at least 3 years and continues to serve qualifies for the plates. The Veteran must show proof of an honorable discharge by producing a DD-214 or a letter from the Veterans Administration or appropriate branch of the Armed Forces. 3 sets of plates may be issued to the registrant. There are 33 Commemorative Veteran decals available for display on Veteran plate. There is the regular registration fee of $35.00 (6,000 lbs.) and $37.00 (10,000 lbs.) for this plate.
Disability Special Veteran Plate: Any Veteran who has been honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces, or to a person who has served for at least 3 years and continues to serve qualifies for the plates. The Veteran must show proof of an honorable discharge by producing a DD-214 or a letter from the Veterans Administration or appropriate branch of the Armed Forces. And Disabled Veterans may apply for the Disability Special Veteran Plate. An Application for Disability Plates/Placards must be on file with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles or submitted at time of issuance. There is the regular registration fee of $35.00 (6,000 lbs.) and $37.00 (10,000 lbs.) for this plate.
NOTE: This plate does not replace the current "Disabled Veteran" plate, which bears a flag and is available only to those Veterans who qualify based on a service-connected disability.
Special Veteran Motorcycle Plate: Any Veteran who has been honorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces qualifies for the plates. The Veteran must show proof of an honorable discharge by producing a DD-214 or a letter from the Veterans Administration or appropriate branch of the Armed Forces. 3 sets of Veteran motorcycle plates may be issued to the registrant. There is a regular registration fee of $21.00 for this plate.
Gold Star Family Recognition Plate: Any person who is eligible for a Gold Star lapel button, or a grandparent of a member of the United States Armed Forces, if that member dies after March 28, 1973 as a result of an international terrorist attack recognized by the Department of Defense, or as a result of military operations while serving outside the United States. There is a regular registration fee of $35.00 for this plate.
Medical Benefits: Full coverage for injuries incurred in Line of Duty (LOD).
Eligibility: National Guard Service member on State active duty.
State Group Insurance: The State Sponsored Life Insurance (SSLI) program is derived from United States Public Law 93-289, May 1974, Title 37, and is offered through the National Guard Association of Connecticut (NGACT). This program is comprised of a combination of six voluntary group life policies available to the military members of the Maine National Guard and are designed to help meet the needs of our membership.
Key Benefits of the SSLI:
- Over $500,000 in coverage available for Maine National Guardsman through a combination of the SSLI plans
- Coverage available for the Spouse and Children
- Rates do not go up just because you separate from the National Guard -you can keep the coverage when you separate
- Coverage 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
- No War Exclusion - you are covered in combat
- No Aviation Exclusion - aviators are covered
- New Recruits are eligible for $10,000 SSLI coverage under the MIT Group Life Insurance Plan at no cost for the first year of service in the Maine National Guard. Enrollment must occur within 90 days of joining the Maine National Guard.
Veterans Affairs Life Insurance: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides valuable life insurance benefits to Veterans, Active and Reserve Component Service members and their Families to provide financial security given the extraordinary risks involved in military Service. The VA provides the following life insurance benefit programs:
- Service Member's Group Life Insurance (SGLI)
- Veterans Group Life Insurance (VGLI)
- Family Members Group Life Insurance (FSGLI)
- Service Members Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Projection (TSGLI)
- Service-Disabled Veterans Life Insurance (S-DVI)
- Veterans Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI)
State Parks and Historic Sites: Veterans are issued a free day-use pass to Maine state parks and historic sites operated by the Maine Department of Conservation. A pass issued under this section does not expire and is valid for the lifetime of the holder. This pass is not valid for the following locations: Acadia National Park, Baxter State Park, Allagash Wilderness Waterway, Penobscot Corridor, Penobscot Narrows Observatory, and Maine Wildlife Park. The pass issued does not expire and is valid for the lifetime of the holder. Application
Eligibility: The Veteran must be a resident of Maine and received an honorable discharge or general discharge under honorable conditions.
*Please note that Maine Veterans age 65 years or older will not be issued a park pass as they are automatically entitled to free admission as a Maine senior citizen.
Complimentary Hunting and Fishing Military License: A resident disabled Veteran may obtain a complimentary license to fish, trap, hunt, including archery, muzzle load, bear, migratory bird, pheasant, spring/fall wild turkey, coyote night hunt, crossbow, one expanded archery antlerless deer permit, one expanded archery either sex permit, and upon meeting the qualifications, a license to guide. Note: Holders of this license no longer have to obtain the additional permits each year as they are now included as part of the license. They must still apply for any lottery permits such as moose and any-deer. Complimentary License Application
Eligibility: This license is available to disabled Veterans evaluated at 50% or more who are residents of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. This license(s) remains valid for the life of the license holder, as long as the license holder continues to satisfy the residency requirements in Title 12, section 10001, subsection 53, and the license is not revoked or suspended.
Resident Serviceman Licenses: Maine military personnel who are on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and permanently stationed outside Maine may purchase either a hunting, fishing, or combination hunting and fishing license for $3.00*. Spouse and dependent Children who reside with that person may obtain a combination license for $20*, or a hunting or fishing license for $10*, upon proof that their home of record, as recorded in a service record, is Maine. *Plus the agent fee.
Eligibility: Anyone serving in the U.S. Armed Forces and permanently stationed at a military base in Maine (includes Spouse and dependent Children if they permanently reside with that person) may purchase a resident license to hunt, fish, or trap.
Non-Resident Serviceman Licenses: Non-resident Service members may purchase a resident license to hunt, fish, or trap.
Eligibility: Anyone serving in the U.S. Armed Forces and permanently stationed at a military base in Maine (includes Spouse and dependent Children if they permanently reside with that person)
Maine Military Family Relief Fund: The Maine Military Family Relief Fund provides emergency assistance to qualified military members and dependents. The Fund is established to provide emergency assistance grants to Families of Maine Service members. Application
Eligibility: Service members of the Maine National Guard or residents of the State who are members of the Reserves of the Armed Forces of the United States who have been called to military duty. The Fund will be administered as best practicable to fully utilize the available funds.
Confidentiality of Military Service Records: A certificate of release or discharge, casualty report, death notice or other record pertaining to active duty service issued by the United States Government, classified by the United States Government as confidential and filed for safekeeping with any state, county or local government authority is confidential for a period of 62 years following its date of issuance. During that 62-year period, it is unlawful for a person to permit inspection of the record, to disclose information contained in the record or to issue a copy of all or any part of the record except as authorized by this section or by court order. Upon presentation of proper identification, the person who is subject of record, Spouse or next of kin may examine a record filed and obtain free of charge a copy or certified copy of all or part of the record.
Custodian to Provide Copies of Public Record: When a copy of any public record is required by the United States Veterans' Administration to be used in determining the eligibility of any person to participate in benefits made available by the United States Veterans' Administration, the official custodian of that public record shall, without charge, provide the applicant for these benefits, or any person acting on his behalf or the authorized representative of the United States Veterans' Administration, with a certified copy of that record.
Military Discharge Requests: Copies of military discharges (DD214 form or equivalent) are required as proof of service when applying for benefits offered through state and Federal agencies as well as local municipalities. Below is a list of resources for accessing copies of military discharges.
- If you are a Veteran whose home of record at time of entry into the service was the State of Maine, then the Bureau of Veterans' Services may have a copy of your DD214 (or equivalent) on file. Applications are available on line. The completed application will need to be mailed to our Bureau for processing. Requests generally are responded to within two business days of receipt.
- If you entered from another state, then you should visit the website of the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs for a listing of state directors by clicking NASDVA.
- The National Archives and Records Administration may also be able to assist in providing you with a copy from the National Personnel Records Center. Visit their website by clicking NARA and follow the instructions for completing a request.
Honoring Maine Veterans Recognition Program: The State of Maine has established the "Honoring a Veteran" recognition program to honor our Veterans for their honorable military service. The program honors those that have made the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives in defense of freedom, those Former POW's as well as those who are still POW's and/or missing, those who were wounded in action and received the Purple Heart, and all of our Veterans who honorably served our great nation and state.
Eligibility: Below is a list of the various State of Maine recognitions that are available:
- Gold Star Honorable Service Medal - Awarded to the Families of those Service members that have given their lives in defense of freedom since 2001 in support of combat operations while deployed. Application
- Silver Star Honorable Service Medal - Awarded to Veterans that were Former POW's as well as to those Veterans that received the Purple Heart. Application
- Bronze Star Honorable Service Medal - Awarded to the Families of those Service members that lost their lives in the line of duty while not in support of combat operations. Application
- Honorable Service Certificate - Awarded to Veterans that served honorably. Application
Maine Veterans' Home: Maine Veterans' Homes are a system of six nursing home facilities located throughout the State, which were established by public vote in 1977 to provide support and care for honorably discharged Veterans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces during a wartime period. A director and a board of trustees administer the Maine Homes. Each Veteran admitted to the home shall pay to the State, as prescribed by the board, the share of the costs of his maintenance, which he/she can afford. Qualified Veterans may be eligible to receive a Stipend. The facilities are located in Augusta, Bangor, Caribou, Machias, Scarborough and South Paris.
Eligibility: Admission shall be granted only to honorably discharged Veterans who were residents of Maine at the time of their entry into the United States Armed Forces or who are residents of Maine at the time of application, and to the Spouses, Widows or Widowers, and gold star Parents of eligible Veterans, provided that suitable facilities are available. Eligible Veterans must have served one or more days on active duty other than for training purposes in the United States Armed Forces including the Reserve and National Guard components. There is no requirement for the Veteran to have served in combat or have a service-connected disability.
Maine's Memorial Cemetery System: The Maine's Memorial Cemetery System consists of four cemeteries. One of which is located in Caribou, two in Augusta and one in Springvale. By law, the State of Maine holds title to all grave lots. The State will, without charge, open and close the grave and furnish perpetual care. Military rank or civilian stature will not be given consideration in selection or size of individual graves. Consequently, all graves will be equal in size and type. Selection of the lot will be made by the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery System office in the order that burial requests occur. Eligible dependents will be buried adjacent to the plot of the buried Veteran.
Eligibility: An eligible Veteran must have:
- Served in the active United States Armed Forces and who: if discharged, received an honorable discharge or a general discharge under honorable conditions, provided that the discharge was not upgraded through a program of general amnesty;
- Served in the Maine National Guard and died as a result of injury, disease or illness sustained while serving on active state service as provided in chapter 3, subchapter III, section 101-A (1), or
- Served in the Reserve Components of the United States Armed Forces and was entitled to retired pay under 10 United States Code, chapter 1223 or would have been entitled to retired pay under chapter 1223 except that the person was less than 60 years of age.
An eligible dependent must be the wife, husband, surviving Spouse, unmarried minor Child, unmarried dependent Child enrolled in secondary school or unmarried adult Child who became incapable of self-support before reaching 18 years of age on account of mental or physical disability. Pre-registration Application
Veterans Small Business Loans: The Finance Authority of Maine may provide special loan insurance to Veterans and wartime Veterans for Veteran-owned small businesses. The Authority does not make small business loans. Veterans interested in applying for loan insurance must apply to the Finance Authority of Maine and provide a copy of their DD214 (military discharge document).
Maine Advisory Commission on Women Veterans: The commission was established by the 118th Maine Legislature to act as advisory commission to the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management on issues affecting women Veterans. The commission serves as a liaison between women Veterans and the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical and Regional Office Center at Togus. Commission members are appointed to serve three-year terms of office by the Adjutant General.
Advisory Commission on Women Veterans
117 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0117
Military Funeral Honors: Military Funeral Honors is now an ENTITLEMENT for all honorably discharged Veterans. The rendering of Military Funeral Honors for United States Armed Forces Veterans is a tribute that our Veterans and their Families justly deserve and in fact, are now entitled to. It is a way to show our Nation's deep gratitude to those who, in times of war and peace, have faithfully defended our country. Family members of a deceased Veteran should notify the Funeral Director of their desire to have Military Funeral Honors rendered at the interment of their loved one. The Funeral Director should contact the appropriate military branch Casualty Assistance Center (CAC) of the deceased. United States Army including Army National Guard, US Army Reserves and Merchant Marine: Frank Norwood Toll Free: 1-800-958-5967 or 207-626-7822 or 626-7805 Fax: 207-626-7804 Cell: 703-901-8531
Eligibility: Honorably discharged Veterans
Veterans Health Administration
VA Medical Center
Augusta: VA Maine Healthcare System - Togus, 1 VA Center, 877-421-8263 / 207-623-8411
Bingham: Mobile Medical Unit, 241 Main St, 207-623-8411 x 7490 / 866-961-8263 x 7490 / Fax: 207-620-3950
Fort Kent: Fort Kent Access Point Clinic, 3 Mountain View Dr, 207-834-1572 / Fax: 207-834-2351
Houlton: Houlton Satellite Clinic, Houlton Regional Hospital, 20 Hartford St, 207-623-8411 x 7490 / 877-421-8263 x 7490
Community Based Outpatient Clinic
Bangor: Bangor Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 35 State Hospital St, 207-561-3600 / Fax: 207-947-1862
Calais: Calais Outpatient Clinic, 50 Union St, 207-623-8411 x7490 or 877-421-8263 x7490 / Fax: 207-904-3778
Caribou: Aroostook County (Caribou) Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 163 Van Buren Drive, Suite 6, 207-623-8411 x7490 / 877-421-8263 x7490 / Fax: 207-493-3877
Lewiston: Lewiston / Auburn Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 15 Challenger Dr, Lewiston, 207-330-2700 / 877-421-8263 x 2700 / Fax: 207-330-2713
Lincoln: Lincoln Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 99 River Rd, 207-623-8411 x7490 / 877-421-8263 x7490 / Fax: 207-403-2077
Portland: Portland Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC), 144 Fore St, 207-623-8411 x7490 / 877-421-8263 x7490 / Fax: 207-771-3577
Rumford: Rumford Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 431 Franklin St, 207-369-3200 / Fax: 207-369-3277
Saco: Saco Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 655 Main St, 207-623-8411 x7490 / 877-421-8263 x7490 / Fax: 207-286-3709
Vet Centers - 877-927-8387
Bangor: Bangor Vet Center, 368 Harlow St, In-Town Plaza, 207-947-3391 / Fax: 207-941-8195
Caribou: Caribou Vet Center, 456 York St, 207-496-3900 / Fax: 207-493-6773
Lewiston: Lewiston Vet Center, 35 Westminster St, 207-783-0068 / Fax: 207-783-3505
Portland: Portland Vet Center, 475 Stevens Ave, 207-780-3584 / Fax: 207-780-3545
Springvale: Sanford Vet Center, 628 Main St, 207-490-1513 / Fax: 207-490-1609
Veterans Benefits Administration
Augusta: Togus VA Medical/Regional Office Center, 1 VA Center, Augusta, 1-800-827-1000
National Cemetery Administration
Augusta: Mount Pleasant Cemetery Soldiers' Lot, North St, 508-861-7113 / Fax: 508-564-9946
Togus: Togus National Cemetery, VA Medical and Regional Office Center, 508-861-7113 / Fax: 508-564-9946
Military Installations in Maine
Please see the Maine Resource Locator for additional information.
United States Army Reserve (USAR)
Document Review Date: 29 February 2016