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Summary: The State of Maryland offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including retired military pay exemptions, education and tuition assistance, employment services, special military vehicle tags, as well as hunting and fishing license privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component and Veteran disability status.

State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

State Taxes:

State Tax Advantage: None

Retired Military Pay: Military retirees or the spouse of military retiree are exempt from Maryland income tax on the first $5000 of their retirement income. In addition, military retirees who are over the age of 65, totally disabled, or who have a spouse who is totally disabled receive an additional subtraction. (Effective July 31, 2006, for all taxable years after December 31, 2005).

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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: VA benefits are not taxable because they generally are for disabilities and are not subject to federal or state taxes.


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

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Maryland Pension Exclusion: Veterans 65 or older or totally disabled (or spouse totally disabled) may qualify for Maryland's maximum pension exclusion of $27,100. If eligible, Veterans may be able to subtract some of taxable pension and retirement annuity income from federal adjusted gross income. Pension Exclusion Computation Worksheet

Eligibility: To qualify, the Veteran must be 65 or older or totally disabled, or spouse totally disabled, on the last day of the tax year AND; included on the federal return income received as a pension, annuity or endowment from an "employee retirement system".

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Overseas pay: Legal residents of Maryland may subtract up to $15,000 in overseas pay if he or she earned active duty income overseas outside the U.S. boundaries or possessions. If the total military pay exceeds $30,000, the individual is not eligible for this substraction.

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Property Tax Exemption: A property tax exemption is available to Veterans who are permanently and totally disabled from service-connected causes, for their primary residence located in the State of Maryland. The exemption passes to the Veteran's spouse upon his or her death. The surviving spouse of active duty military personnel who died in the line of duty as well as the surviving spouse of a totally disabled Veteran, or a spouse who receives the dependency and indemnity compensation (effective June 30, 2006) may also receive an exemption. Contact your county's tax assessor's office or 800-944-7403. Click here for current application.

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Military Spouse Residency Relief Act: The spouse of a Service member stationed in Maryland in compliance with military orders is not required to pay taxes on wages earned in Maryland if that spouse is not a resident of the state of Maryland and maintains domicile in another state. Click here for application.

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Vessel Excise Tax: Active duty military personnel are exempt from the 5% vessel excise tax levied on the sale, resale or transfer of a vessel. The exemption is for not more than one year to current owners of vessels who are members of the armed services and who are serving on active duty. The exemption applies only to vessels currently registered elsewhere and brought into Maryland because of the duty transfer. New purchases are not exempt.

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Vehicle Registration Active duty military members not establishing residency because they are only temporarily stationed in Maryland do not need to register their passenger vehicle in this State if the vehicle is currently registered in your state of residence.

Active duty military members establishing residency in Maryland are eligible for a tax credit for any titling tax paid in another state when titling and registering a vehicle within one year of moving to Maryland.

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Education Benefits:

Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) Veterans Workforce Training Program: Many MTA training classes are open to qualified U.S. military Veterans who are Maryland residents. The primary goal of the program is to assist U.S. military Veterans living in Maryland, regardless of age or length of service, with preparation for a meaningful career by providing the skills and training opportunities necessary to succeed in today's workforce. Once MTA employees have had the opportunity to register, eligible U.S. Veterans will be able to apply for remaining open seats in many MTA training classes, with preference given to those Veterans with service-connected disabilities.
Eligibility: U.S. military Veterans, National Guard and Reserves who are Maryland residents.

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State Tuition Waiver (STW): Provides an "up front" waiver of up to 50% for tuition cost for members of the MD Army National Guard attending Maryland State colleges and universities and Washington and Loyola College.
Eligibility: Maryland Army National Guard members.

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State Tuition Assistance (STA): Reimburses Soldiers up to 50% of tuition and related fees after verification of grade of "C" or better for undergraduate courses. Not available if receiving reimbursement from any other source. Both programs may be used in conjunction with Federal Tuition Assistance and the MGIB.
Eligibility: Maryland Army National Guard members.

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Edward T. Conroy Memorial Scholarship: Aid for tuition and other educational expenses are available for Veterans and their Family members who are attending an institution of higher learning within the borders of the State of Maryland. You must be:

· A Veteran or active duty military member who served in the conflicts in Iraq or Afghanistan (Effective June 1, 2006)

· The son or daughter of a member of the United States Armed Forces who died or was 100 percent disabled as a direct result of military service;

· A Veteran who suffers, as a direct result of military service, a disability of 25 percent or greater and has exhausted or is no longer eligible for federal Veterans' educational benefits;

· The son, daughter or surviving spouse of a victim of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack who died as a result of the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the attack on the Pentagon in Virginia, or the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 in Pennsylvania;

· A POW/MIA of the Vietnam Conflict or his/her son or daughter; the son, daughter or surviving spouse (who has not remarried) of a state or local public safety employee or volunteer who died in the line of duty;

· Or a state or local public safety employee or volunteer who was 100 percent disabled in the line of duty. Call 800-974-1024 for more information.

Students applying for renewal rewards are given first priority. The amount must be used for tuition and mandatory fees at any eligible institution, but may not exceed the equivalent resident undergraduate annual tuition and mandatory fees of the University of Maryland, College Park. The total dollar amount may not exceed $10,100. APPLICATION: Must complete the Edward T. Conroy Memorial Scholarship application. Mail to: Maryland Higher Education Commission Office of Student Financial Assistance 839 Bestgate Road, Suite 400 Annapolis, MD 21401-3013 (410) 260-4565; (800) 974-1024 TTY for the Deaf - (800) 735-2258

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Veterans of the Afghanistan & Iraq Conflicts Scholarship Program: This program is designed to provide financial assistance to United States armed forces personnel who served in the Afghanistan or Iraq Conflicts, and their sons, daughters, or spouses who are current high school seniors, and full-time and part-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students enrolled in an eligible accredited Maryland postsecondary institution.
Eligibility: Uniformed Services Members of the United States who served in Afghanistan, or contiguous air space as defined in federal regulations, on or after October 24, 2001, and before a terminal date to be prescribed by the United States Secretary of Defense; or in Iraq, or contiguous waters or air space as defined in federal regulations, on or after March 19, 2003, and before a terminal date to be prescribed by the United States Secretary of Defense, may apply for a scholarship if they are:
-- A Veteran, active duty member of the Armed Forces, a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces or the Maryland National Guard who was activated as a result of the Afghanistan or Iraq Conflicts and who served at least 60 days in the Afghanistan or Iraq Conflicts, as defined above;
-- a son, daughter, or spouse of a Veteran or active duty member of the Armed Forces who is serving or has served in the Afghanistan or Iraq Conflicts at least 60 days, as defined above; or
-- a son, daughter, or spouse of a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces of Maryland National Guard who was activated as a result of the Afghanistan or Iraq Conflicts and served at least 60 days, as defined above.

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Hodson Trust Star Scholarship - Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans: The Hodson Trust and four Maryland colleges (Hood College, Johns Hopkins University, St. John's College [Annapolis campus] and Washington College) are awarding annual undergraduate and graduate scholarships to eligible Veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts. Each of the four schools will award up to a total of three scholarships a year beginning with academic year 2007-08 until academic year 2012. The scholarships will meet 100 percent of each participating institution's published annual tuition, room, board, books and mandatory student fees, not otherwise covered by federal, state and outside assistance.
Eligibility: Candidates for the Hodson Trust Scholarship must:
-- Provide proof of deployment of at least 60 days in Afghanistan or Iraq after September 11, 2001. Eligible applicants include Veterans who did not meet the 60-day active service period as a result of a service-related injury or condition.
-- Provide proof of Maryland residency at the time of deployment and Maryland residency following return to the U.S.
-- Apply for and accept all federal and state need-based grants, all available military educational benefits and any special scholarship programs designed for Veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq Conflicts.
-- Meet all requirements for admission at a participating institution, and maintain full-time enrollment and good academic standing in order to continue the scholarship through graduation. A recipient's individual scholarship term will not extend beyond four years.

Contact the Office of Admissions at one of the participating institutions to apply for the Hodson Trust Star Scholarship.

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High School Diplomas: County Boards of Education award high school diplomas to Korea and World War II Veterans who left high school early to enter the Armed Forces. Diplomas are also issued to any Veteran upon successful completion of the General Education Development (GED) test. Call 410-767-0538 for information.

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Employment Benefits:

Employment Assistance: Maryland law provides for up to 15 days of paid military leave "for military training or active military duty in a Reserve unit of the armed forces or in the organized militia" (Maryland State Personnel and Pensions Code, section 9-1104(3)) for State employees.

Eligibility: National Guard or Reserve Service member

Employment Assistance: The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation offers valuable information on career advancement and education to Veterans. Maryland's One Stop Career Centers are part of a nationwide system that provides information to job seekers and employers. The Career Centers are located in 23 counties and Baltimore City.

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Veterans Workforce Investment Program (VWIP) The VWIP works to meet the workforce investment needs of Veterans and performs outreach and public information activities to develop and promote employment and job training opportunities. The program offers, among other services, training, job development, and employment referral.

Eligibility: If a Veteran meets any of the following four categories:

  • Veterans with service connected disabilities,
  • Veterans who have significant barriers to employment,
  • Veterans who served on active duty in the armed forces during a war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized,
  • Recently separated Veterans (within 48 months of release or discharge).

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Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) The DVOP specialists provide intensive services to meet the employment needs of disabled Veterans and other eligible Veterans. In addition to helping Veterans find employment and training opportunities, DVOP staff provides vocational guidance, referral to supportive services and case management services to Veterans with significant barriers to employment.

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Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program (HVRP): The mission of HVRP is to place homeless Veterans in housing, jobs and assist them in retaining employment.

Eligibility: A Veteran must meet all of the following requirements to be eligible for this program: Must be a homeless Veteran, provide proof of Veteran status (i.e. DD214 or VA ID Card) and received any type of discharge except for dishonorable.

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Welcome Home Program - Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program provides seamless delivery of services to homeless Veterans that will lead to self-sufficiency. Helping Veterans obtain affordable permanent housing, shelter, sober-living environment, service enriched housing, or referrals to programs appropriate to achieving their housing needs. For further information contact 240-285-4629

Eligibility: A Veteran must meet all of the following requirements to be eligible for this program: Must be a homeless Veteran, provide proof of Veteran status (i.e. DD214 or VA ID Card), received any type of discharge except for dishonorable, must be motivated and willing to participate in program and must be clean and sober for at least 60 days.

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Military Personnel and Service-Disabled Veterans No-Interest Loan Program: The Department of Business and Employment Development in consultation with the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs provides a no interest loan via the Military Personnel and Service-Disabled Veteran No-Interest Loan Program for the purpose of:

· Providing financial support to:

o a business owned by a military reservist or National Guard member who is called to active duty; or

o a small business employer of a military reservist or National Guard member who is called to active duty;

· Making the home, motor vehicle, or place of employment of a service-disabled Veteran accessible to individuals with disabilities, including purchasing equipment necessary to enable a business to employ a service-disabled Veteran; and

· defraying other necessary expenses, as determined by the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs, incurred by a service-disabled Veteran or:

o a business employing a service-disabled Veteran as a result of the Veteran's disability;

o a service disabled Veteran, or

o a business owned by a service-disabled Veteran

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Employment Preference: Eligible Veterans honorably released from active service may receive a 10-point Veterans' preference in State employment testing. The preference also includes the spouses of disabled or deceased eligible Veterans. Call the Maryland Department of Budget and Management Office of Personnel Services and Benefits at 410-767-4850.

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Medical Personnel and Spouses Relocating to Maryland (PROVET): Veterans, individuals who are preparing to separate from the military and their spouses who are healthcare professionals are eligible for assistance with certification and job placement with Maryland's healthcare industry. Call 410-767-2091

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Health and Insurance Benefits:

Medical Benefits: Medical benefits provided for State Active Duty members under Worker's compensation.
Eligibility: Maryland Air and Army National Guard members.

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Group Insurance: All Guard members are eligible for the Servicemember's Group Life Insurance (SGLI) and are automatically covered for $400,000 at $26.00 per month. The rate does not go up with age eligibility is covered as long as the Soldier is a member of the National Guard. Family members are covered under the Family Group Life Insurance (FGLI). Soldier's spouse is eligible for up to $100,000 at various rates depending on age and children under 18 are covered for $10,000 at no charge.

Eligibility: Maryland Air and Army National Guard members.

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Workers Compensation: State Active Duty National Guard members receive worker's compensation benefits.
Eligibility: Maryland Air and Army National Guard members.

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Injury/Death Benefits: Provided for State Active Duty through Worker's Compensation. If Guard member is killed while on State Active Duty or Title 32 duty, $100,000 death benefit to Family if not eligible for Death Indemnity Compensation (DIC).
Eligibility: Maryland Army National Guard members.

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Special Vehicle License Plates:

Special Vehicle License Plates: Maryland offers the following Military related plates for a $25.00 fee: * Afghanistan Campaign*Asiatic Pacific Medal * Asiatic Pacific Medal (motorcycle) * Bronze Star Medal * Bronze Star Medal (motorcycle) * Combat Infantry Badge * Combat Infantry Badge (motorcycle) * Congressional Medal of Honor * Congressional Medal of Honor (motorcycle) * Distinguished Flying Cross Medal * Distinguished Flying Cross Medal (motorcycle) * Distinguished Service Cross Medal * Distinguished Service Cross Medal (motorcycle) *Global War on Terrorism* Honorably Discharged Veteran * Honorably Discharged Veteran (motorcycle) * Iraq Campaign Medal*Korean Service Medal* Korean Service Medal (motorcycle)* National Guard Plates * Purple Heart Medal * Purple Heart Medal (motorcycle) * Silver Star Medal * Silver Star Medal (motorcycle) * Southwest Asia Service Medal * Southwest Asia Service Medal (motorcycle) * Vietnam Service Medal * Vietnam Service Medal (motorcycle) * World War II Veteran. Click here for the complete list.
Eligibility: Vehicles must be passenger cars, multi-purpose vehicles, motorcycles or trucks (10,000 lbs. or less). Applicant must submit:* Application for Military Related License Plates (form #VR-120) * Applicable fee and one of the following: * Discharge papers (Form DD-214) * Medal Certification * Written proof from National Personnel Records Center

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Disabled Veteran License Plates: Disabled Veteran license plates are issued in recognition of a customer's military service-related injuries. They can only be issued free of charge to a Veteran who is 100% disabled. The license plates are printed in two formats: with or without the universal symbol for disability. Paid DAV plates are considered organization plates. You can apply for the plates in person at any of the MVA's full service branch offices. You also can mail your application to the MVA's Specialty Tag Unit in the Glen Burnie office, or go to an MVA licensed tag and title service where they will assist you in applying.
Eligibility: Proof of 100% disability from the Veterans Administration; Application for Maryland Parking Placard/ License Plates for Individuals with a Disability - this form is only required when license plates with the universal symbol fro a disability are requested. Be sure to include the vehicle's information.

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Gold Star Plate: The Gold Star Plate is available to individuals who are the surviving spouse, parent, child or sibling of a person who served in the Armed Forces of the United States and lost his or her life.

Eligibility: Applicant must submit the application for Military Related License Plates (form # VR-120), fee and one of the following: Copy of DD-3 approved by the Department of Defense, copy of casualty report, or, an overseas death certificate issued by the military indicating the name and date of death.

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Parks and Recreation:

Hunting and Fishing Privileges: Complimentary (no fee) lifetime hunting and fishing licenses for Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and former Prisoners of War (POWs) in the State of Maryland. Application

Eligibility: Disabled Veterans with 100% service connected disability rating and proper paperwork from the Veterans Administration. POWs and Disabled Veterans must be Maryland residents.

 

Hunting and Fishing Privileges: Maryland residents, on active duty with the armed forces, on leave with official leave orders are exempt from requiring a license.

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Admission to State Parks: The Maryland Park Service offers a Universal Disability Pass for free entry to State Parks to individuals with disabilities. Additionally, the Golden Age Pass allows free entry to individuals 62 and older. For more information, call 410-260-8186. Application

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Miscellaneous Benefits:

Death Benefit to Surviving Spouse or Estate of Maryland Resident Killed in Action: The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services is awarding a death benefit of up to $141,622 to the surviving spouse, children, dependent parents or estate of a Maryland service personal who is killed in action, or as a direct result of a wound suffered in action, in Afghanistan or its contiguous airspace, or Iraq or its contiguous waters or airspace. Applications must be received within three years.

The beneficiary, or an individual or agency applying on behalf of the beneficiary, must submit a letter of application to:

Patricia M. Donovan, Executive Director, Human Resources
Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services
Suite 309
6776 Reisterstown Road
Baltimore, MD 21215-2341

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Exempt from Arrest: MD National Guard members are exempt from being arrested while going to and returning from on duty.
Eligibility: Maryland National Guard members.

 

Transportation Benefits: Free passage through toll gates on roads to and from duty.
Eligibility: Maryland National Guard members.

 

Jury Duty Exemption: National Guard members are exempt from jury duty.
Eligibility:
Maryland National Guard members.

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Veterans Home Program: Charlotte Hall Veterans Home is located on 125 acres on the site of the former Charlotte Hall Military Academy in Charlotte Hall, Maryland. Opened in 1985, this 462 bed facility provides a continuum of care from the 184 bed Assisted Living unit to a higher level of care in the 278 bed Skilled Nursing Home. Within skilled nursing, Specialized care, for those suffering from Alzheimer's and other related dementia, is provided in two 42-bed secured units.

Eligibility: Requirements for admission are Honorably discharged Veteran of the United States Armed Forces or the legal spouse of a Veteran eligible to be admitted to Charlotte Hall*Maryland resident and age 62 or older, unless disabled and unable to work .

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Non-Veteran Spousal Admission to Charlotte Hall Veterans Home: The Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs will provide Domiciliary (Assisted Living) and Comprehensive Nursing Care to honorably discharged Maryland Veterans given that the admission of non-Veteran and surviving (widow/widower) spouses will enhance the quality of life of the Veteran resident and create a Family-like environment within Charlotte Hall Veterans Home. [U.S. Code Title 38, Part VI, Chapter 81, Subchapter III, Section 8135(A)(4)]
Eligibility: 1. A qualifying spouse must meet the qualifying admission criteria and produce proof of marriage to an eligible Veteran; 2. A qualifying spouse may not be admitted once the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home's census reaches 90%, unless otherwise determined by the Maryland Veterans Home Commission and Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs; 3. A qualifying spouse is not eligible for a federal Veterans' Affairs per diem provided for Veteran residents, nor for the additional State subsidy provided Veteran residents in Assisted Living; 4. The admission of a qualifying spouse must be at no cost to the State of Maryland, except under the State's Medicaid program; 5. A qualifying spouse is to receive the same quality of care, appropriate to his or her needs; 6. A qualifying spouse may remain a resident of Charlotte Hall Veterans Home if the Veteran spouse, who is also a resident, either dies or is discharged; and 7. A qualifying spouse who is discharged for medical reasons may be eligible for readmission, provided an admission application is filed within 60 days of the preceding discharge. A qualifying spouse who is discharged for non-medical reasons may not be eligible for readmission.

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Maryland's State Cemetery Program: The State of Maryland and the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs is pleased to offer Veterans, and their eligible dependents, a final resting place at one of five State Veterans' cemeteries throughout Maryland. Maryland's program is the largest of its kind in the nation. The following facilities provide interment services during the normal business week (Monday through Friday) and are open to the public 365 days of the year. * Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery * Crownsville Veterans Cemetery * Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery * Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery * Rocky Gap Veterans Cemetery
Eligibility: Veteran must have been a legal resident in Maryland either (1) at time of entry into active service, (2) at time of death, or (3) for a period of at least two years; honorably discharged. Certain members of a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces who meet the legal residence requirements are also eligible. Public Law H.R. 821, enacted May 4, 1994, extends burial eligibility to persons who have 20 years of service creditable for retired pay as members of a reserve component of the Armed Forces or who would have been entitled to retired pay but for the fact that the person was under 60 years of age.* Eligibility extends to the spouse, widow or widower of an eligible Veteran or Service member, including the widow or widower of an Armed Forces member lost or buried at sea, or officially determined to be permanently absent in a status of " missing" or " missing in action" who met the legal residence requirements at the time the eligible Veteran or Service member was last known to have been alive. * Eligibility extends to the children of an eligible Veteran. A child is an unmarried person who is a legitimate or illegitimate child, a child legally adopted before the age of 21, a stepchild who acquired that status before the age of 21 and who is a member of the Veteran's household at the time of the Veteran's death and: who is under the age of 21 years; or who, before reaching the age of 21 years, became permanently incapable of self-support due to a mental or physical disability; or o who is up to 23 years of age and is pursuing a course of instruction at an approved educational institution. The Veteran should be aware that his dependent's burial eligibility is based solely on the Veteran's military service and Maryland residency. If the spouse, dependent minor children, or disabled adult children precede the eligible Veteran in death, the Veteran is required to execute an agreement electing to be buried in the same grave site before the spouse or child may be interred in a State Veterans Cemetery. If the Veteran changes his/her mind or his/her legal representative fails to abide by that agreement, for any reason other than the remains are unrecoverable, then the remains of the Family member interred in the State Veterans Cemetery must be removed without cost to the state.

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Wounded Warrior Benefits

Retired Military Pay: Military retirees or the spouse of military retiree are exempt from Maryland income tax on the first $5000 of their retirement income. In addition, military retirees who are over the age of 65, totally disabled, or who have a spouse who is totally disabled receive an additional subtraction. (Effective July 31, 2006, for all taxable years after December 31, 2005).

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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

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Maryland Pension Exclusion: Veterans 65 or older or totally disabled (or spouse totally disabled) may qualify for Maryland's maximum pension exclusion of $26,300. If eligible, Veterans may be able to subtract some of taxable pension and retirement annuity income from federal adjusted gross income.

Eligibility: To qualify, the Veteran must be 65 or older or totally disabled, or spouse totally disabled, on the last day of the tax year AND; included on the federal return income received as a pension, annuity or endowment from an "employee retirement system". Pension Exclusion Computation Worksheet

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Property Tax Exemption: A property tax exemption is available to Veterans who are permanently and totally disabled from service-connected causes, for their primary residence located in the State of Maryland. The exemption passes to the Veteran's spouse upon his or her death. The surviving spouse of active duty military personnel who died in the line of duty as well as the surviving spouse of a totally disabled Veteran, or a spouse who receives the dependency and indemnity compensation (effective June 30, 2006) may also receive an exemption. Contact your county's tax assessor's office or 800-944-7403. Click here for current application.

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Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) Veterans Workforce Training Program: Many MTA training classes are open to qualified U.S. military Veterans who are Maryland residents. The primary goal of the program is to assist U.S. military Veterans living in Maryland, regardless of age or length of service, with preparation for a meaningful career by providing the skills and training opportunities necessary to succeed in today's workforce. Once MTA employees have had the opportunity to register, eligible U.S. Veterans will be able to apply for remaining open seats in many MTA training classes, with preference given to those Veterans with service-connected disabilities.
Eligibility: U.S. military Veterans, National Guard and Reserves who are Maryland residents.

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Edward T. Conroy Memorial Scholarship: Aid for tuition and other educational expenses are available for Veterans and their Family members who are attending an institution of higher learning within the borders of the State of Maryland. You must be:

· A Veteran or active duty military member who served in the conflicts in Iraq or Afghanistan (Effective June 1, 2006)

· The son or daughter of a member of the United States Armed Forces who died or was 100 percent disabled as a direct result of military service;

· A Veteran who suffers, as a direct result of military service, a disability of 25 percent or greater and has exhausted or is no longer eligible for federal Veterans' educational benefits;

· The son, daughter or surviving spouse of a victim of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack who died as a result of the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the attack on the Pentagon in Virginia, or the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 in Pennsylvania;

· A POW/MIA of the Vietnam Conflict or his/her son or daughter; the son, daughter or surviving spouse (who has not remarried) of a state or local public safety employee or volunteer who died in the line of duty;

· Or a state or local public safety employee or volunteer who was 100 percent disabled in the line of duty. Call 800-974-1024 for more information.

 

Students applying for renewal rewards are given first priority. The amount must be used for tuition and mandatory fees at any eligible institution, but may not exceed the equivalent resident undergraduate annual tuition and mandatory fees of the University of Maryland, College Park. APPLICATION: Must complete the Edward T. Conroy Memorial Scholarship application. Mail to: Maryland Higher Education Commission Office of Student Financial Assistance 839 Bestgate Road, Suite 400 Annapolis, MD 21401-3013 (410) 260-4565; (800) 974-1024 TTY for the Deaf - (800) 735-2258

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Hodson Trust Star Scholarship - Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans: The Hodson Trust and four Maryland colleges (Hood College, Johns Hopkins University, St. John's College [Annapolis campus] and Washington College) are awarding annual undergraduate and graduate scholarships to eligible Veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts. Each of the four schools will award up to a total of three scholarships a year beginning with academic year 2007-08 until academic year 2012. The scholarships will meet 100 percent of each participating institution's published annual tuition, room, board, books and mandatory student fees, not otherwise covered by federal, state and outside assistance.
Eligibility: Candidates for the Hodson Trust Scholarship must:
-- Provide proof of deployment of at least 60 days in Afghanistan or Iraq after September 11, 2001. Eligible applicants include Veterans who did not meet the 60-day active service period as a result of a service-related injury or condition.
-- Provide proof of Maryland residency at the time of deployment and Maryland residency following return to the U.S.
-- Apply for and accept all federal and state need-based grants, all available military educational benefits and any special scholarship programs designed for Veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq Conflicts.
-- Meet all requirements for admission at a participating institution, and maintain full-time enrollment and good academic standing in order to continue the scholarship through graduation. A recipient's individual scholarship term will not extend beyond four years.

Contact the Office of Admissions at one of the participating institutions to apply for the Hodson Trust Star Scholarship:

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Veterans Workforce Investment Program (VWIP) The VWIP works to meet the workforce investment needs of Veterans and performs outreach and public information activities to develop and promote employment and job training opportunities. The program offers, among other services, training, job development, and employment referral.

Eligibility: If a Veteran meets any of the following four categories:

  • Veterans with service connected disabilities,
  • Veterans who have significant barriers to employment,
  • Veterans who served on active duty in the armed forces during a war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized,
  • Recently separated Veterans (within 48 months of release or discharge).

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Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) The DVOP specialists provide intensive services to meet the employment needs of disabled Veterans and other eligible Veterans. In addition to helping Veterans find employment and training opportunities, DVOP staff provides vocational guidance, referral to supportive services and case management services to Veterans with significant barriers to employment.

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Military Personnel and Service-Disabled Veterans No-Interest Loan Program: The Department of Business and Employment Development in consultation with the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs provides a no interest loan via the Military Personnel and Service-Disabled Veteran No-Interest Loan Program for the purpose of:

· Providing financial support to:

o a business owned by a military reservist or National Guard member who is called to active duty; or

o a small business employer of a military reservist or National Guard member who is called to active duty;

· Making the home, motor vehicle, or place of employment of a service-disabled Veteran accessible to individuals with disabilities, including purchasing equipment necessary to enable a business to employ a service-disabled Veteran; and

· defraying other necessary expenses, as determined by the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs, incurred by a service-disabled Veteran or:

o a business employing a service-disabled Veteran as a result of the Veteran's disability;

o a service disabled Veteran, or

o a business owned by a service-disabled Veteran

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Employment Preference: Eligible Veterans honorably released from active service may receive a 10-point Veterans' preference in State employment testing. The preference also includes the spouses of disabled or deceased eligible Veterans. Call the Maryland Department of Budget and Management Office of Personnel Services and Benefits at 410-767-4850.

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Special Vehicle License Plates: Maryland offers the following Military related plates for a $25.00 fee: * Afghanistan Campaign*Bronze Star Medal * Global War on Terrorism* Honorably Discharged Veteran * Honorably Discharged Veteran (motorcycle) * Iraq Campaign Medal * Purple Heart Medal * Purple Heart Medal (motorcycle) * Silver Star Medal * Silver Star Medal (motorcycle. Click here for the complete list.
Eligibility: Vehicles must be passenger cars, multi-purpose vehicles, motorcycles or trucks (10,000 lbs. or less). Applicant must submit:* Application for Military Related License Plates (form #VR-120) * Applicable fee and one of the following: * Discharge papers (Form DD-214) * Medal Certification * Written proof from National Personnel Records Center

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Disabled Veteran License Plates: Disabled Veteran license plates are issued in recognition of a customer's military service-related injuries. They can only be issued free of charge to a Veteran who is 100% disabled. The license plates are printed in two formats: with or without the universal symbol for disability. Paid DAV plates are considered organization plates. You can apply for the plates in person at any of the MVA's full service branch offices. You also can mail your application to the MVA's Specialty Tag Unit in the Glen Burnie office, or go to an MVA licensed tag and title service where they will assist you in applying.
Eligibility: Proof of 100% disability from the Veterans Administration; Application for Maryland Parking Placard/ License Plates for Individuals with a Disability - this form is only required when license plates with the universal symbol fro a disability are requested. Be sure to include the vehicle's information.

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Hunting and Fishing Privileges: Complimentary (no fee) lifetime hunting and fishing licenses for Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and former Prisoners of War (POWs) in the State of Maryland. Application
Eligibility: Disabled Veterans with 100% service connected disability rating and proper paperwork from the Veterans Administration. POWs and Disabled Veterans must be Maryland residents.

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Admission to State Parks: The Maryland Park Service offers a Universal Disability Pass for free entry to State Parks to individuals with disabilities. Additionally, the Golden Age Pass allows free entry to individuals 62 and older. For more information, call 410-260-8186.

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Veterans Home Program: Charlotte Hall Veterans Home is located on 125 acres on the site of the former Charlotte Hall Military Academy in Charlotte Hall, Maryland. Opened in 1985, this 462 bed facility provides a continuum of care from the 184 bed Assisted Living unit to a higher level of care in the 278 bed Skilled Nursing Home. Within skilled nursing specialized care, for those suffering from Alzheimer's and other related dementia, is provided in two 42-bed secured units.

Eligibility: Requirements for admission are Honorably discharged Veteran of the United States Armed Forces or the legal spouse of a Veteran eligible to be admitted to Charlotte Hall*Maryland resident and age 62 or older, unless disabled and unable to work .

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Survivor Benefits

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

 

VA Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: VA benefits are not taxable because they generally are for disabilities and are not subject to federal or state taxes.

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Property Tax Exemption: A property tax exemption is available to Veterans who are permanently and totally disabled from service-connected causes, for their primary residence located in the State of Maryland. The exemption passes to the Veteran's spouse upon his or her death. The surviving spouse of active duty military personnel who died in the line of duty as well as the surviving spouse of a totally disabled Veteran, or a spouse who receives the dependency and indemnity compensation (effective June 30, 2006) may also receive an exemption. Contact your county's tax assessor's office or 800-944-7403. Click here for current application.

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Edward T. Conroy Memorial Scholarship: Aid for tuition and other educational expenses are available for Veterans and their Family members who are attending an institution of higher learning within the borders of the State of Maryland. You must be:

· A Veteran or active duty military member who served in the conflicts in Iraq or Afghanistan (Effective June 1, 2006)

· The son or daughter of a member of the United States Armed Forces who died or was 100 percent disabled as a direct result of military service;

· A Veteran who suffers, as a direct result of military service, a disability of 25 percent or greater and has exhausted or is no longer eligible for federal Veterans' educational benefits;

· The son, daughter or surviving spouse of a victim of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack who died as a result of the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the attack on the Pentagon in Virginia, or the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 in Pennsylvania;

· A POW/MIA of the Vietnam Conflict or his/her son or daughter; the son, daughter or surviving spouse (who has not remarried) of a state or local public safety employee or volunteer who died in the line of duty;

· Or a state or local public safety employee or volunteer who was 100 percent disabled in the line of duty. Call 800-974-1024 for more information.

Students applying for renewal rewards are given first priority. The amount must be used for tuition and mandatory fees at any eligible institution, but may not exceed the equivalent resident undergraduate annual tuition and mandatory fees of the University of Maryland, College Park. APPLICATION: Must complete the Edward T. Conroy Memorial Scholarship application. Mail to: Maryland Higher Education Commission Office of Student Financial Assistance 839 Bestgate Road, Suite 400 Annapolis, MD 21401-3013 (410) 260-4565; (800) 974-1024 TTY for the Deaf - (800) 735-2258

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Injury/Death Benefits: Provided for State Active Duty through Worker's Compensation. If Guard member is killed while on State Active Duty or Title 32 duty, $100,000 death benefit to Family if not eligible for Death Indemnity Compensation (DIC).
Eligibility: Maryland Army National Guard members.

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Gold Star Plate: The Gold Star Plate is available to individuals who are the surviving spouse, parent, child or sibling of a person who served in the Armed Forces of the United States and lost his or her life.

Eligibility: Applicant must submit the application for Military Related License Plates (form # VR-120), fee and one of the following: Copy of DD-3 approved by the Department of Defense, copy of casualty report, or, an overseas death certificate issued by the military indicating the name and date of death.

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Non-Veteran Spousal Admission to Charlotte Hall Veterans Home: The Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs will provide Domiciliary (Assisted Living) and Comprehensive Nursing Care to honorably discharged Maryland Veterans given that the admission of non-Veteran and surviving (widow/widower) spouses will enhance the quality of life of the Veteran resident and create a Family-like environment within Charlotte Hall Veterans Home. [U.S. Code Title 38, Part VI, Chapter 81, Subchapter III, Section 8135(A)(4)]
Eligibility: 1. A qualifying spouse must meet the qualifying admission criteria and produce proof of marriage to an eligible Veteran; 2. A qualifying spouse may not be admitted once the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home's census reaches 90%, unless otherwise determined by the Maryland Veterans Home Commission and Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs; 3. A qualifying spouse is not eligible for a federal Veterans' Affairs per diem provided for Veteran residents, nor for the additional State subsidy provided Veteran residents in Assisted Living; 4. The admission of a qualifying spouse must be at no cost to the State of Maryland, except under the State's Medicaid program; 5. A qualifying spouse is to receive the same quality of care, appropriate to his or her needs; 6. A qualifying spouse may remain a resident of Charlotte Hall Veterans Home if the Veteran spouse, who is also a resident, either dies or is discharged; and 7. A qualifying spouse who is discharged for medical reasons may be eligible for readmission, provided an admission application is filed within 60 days of the preceding discharge. A qualifying spouse who is discharged for non-medical reasons may not be eligible for readmission.

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Maryland's State Cemetery Program: The State of Maryland and the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs is pleased to offer Veterans, and their eligible dependents, a final resting place at one of five State Veterans' cemeteries throughout Maryland. Maryland's program is the largest of its kind in the nation. The following facilities provide interment services during the normal business week (Monday through Friday) and are open to the public 365 days of the year. Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery * Crownsville Veterans Cemetery * Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery * Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery * Rocky Gap Veterans Cemetery
Eligibility: Veteran must have been a legal resident in Maryland either (1) at time of entry into active service, (2) at time of death, or (3) for a period of at least two years; honorably discharged. Certain members of a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces who meet the legal residence requirements are also eligible. Public Law H.R. 821, enacted May 4, 1994, extends burial eligibility to persons who have 20 years of service creditable for retired pay as members of a reserve component of the Armed Forces or who would have been entitled to retired pay but for the fact that the person was under 60 years of age.* Eligibility extends to the spouse, widow or widower of an eligible Veteran or Service member, including the widow or widower of an Armed Forces member lost or buried at sea, or officially determined to be permanently absent in a status of " missing" or " missing in action" who met the legal residence requirements at the time the eligible Veteran or Service member was last known to have been alive. * Eligibility extends to the children of an eligible Veteran. A child is an unmarried person who is a legitimate or illegitimate child, a child legally adopted before the age of 21, a stepchild who acquired that status before the age of 21 and who is a member of the Veteran's household at the time of the Veteran's death and: who is under the age of 21 years; or who, before reaching the age of 21 years, became permanently incapable of self-support due to a mental or physical disability; or o who is up to 23 years of age and is pursuing a course of instruction at an approved educational institution.The Veteran should be aware that his dependent's burial eligibility is based solely on the Veteran's military service and Maryland residency. If the spouse, dependent minor children, or disabled adult children precede the eligible Veteran in death, the Veteran is required to execute an agreement electing to be buried in the same grave site before the spouse or child may be interred in a State Veterans Cemetery. If the Veteran changes his/her mind or his/her legal representative fails to abide by that agreement, for any reason other than the remains are unrecoverable, then the remains of the Family member interred in the State Veterans Cemetery must be removed without cost to the state.

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Maryland National Guard Benefits

 

Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) Veterans Workforce Training Program: Many MTA training classes are open to qualified U.S. military Veterans who are Maryland residents. The primary goal of the program is to assist U.S. military Veterans living in Maryland, regardless of age or length of service, with preparation for a meaningful career by providing the skills and training opportunities necessary to succeed in today's workforce. Once MTA employees have had the opportunity to register, eligible U.S. Veterans will be able to apply for remaining open seats in many MTA training classes, with preference given to those Veterans with service-connected disabilities.
Eligibility: U.S. military Veterans, National Guard and Reserves who are Maryland residents.

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State Tuition Waiver (STW): Provides an "up front" waiver of up to 50% for tuition cost for members of the MD Army National Guard attending Maryland State colleges and universities and Washington and Loyola College.
Eligibility: Maryland Army National Guard members.

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State Tuition Assistance (STA): Reimburses Soldiers up to 50% of tuition and related fees after verification of grade of "C" or better for undergraduate courses. Not available if receiving reimbursement from any other source. Both programs may be used in conjunction with Federal Tuition Assistance and the MGIB.
Eligibility: Maryland Army National Guard members.

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Edward T. Conroy Memorial Scholarship: Aid for tuition and other educational expenses are available for Veterans and their Family members who are attending an institution of higher learning within the borders of the State of Maryland. You must be:

· A Veteran or active duty military member who served in the conflicts in Iraq or Afghanistan (Effective June 1, 2006)

· The son or daughter of a member of the United States Armed Forces who died or was 100 percent disabled as a direct result of military service;

· A Veteran who suffers, as a direct result of military service, a disability of 25 percent or greater and has exhausted or is no longer eligible for federal Veterans' educational benefits;

· The son, daughter or surviving spouse of a victim of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack who died as a result of the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the attack on the Pentagon in Virginia, or the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 in Pennsylvania;

· A POW/MIA of the Vietnam Conflict or his/her son or daughter; the son, daughter or surviving spouse (who has not remarried) of a state or local public safety employee or volunteer who died in the line of duty;

· Or a state or local public safety employee or volunteer who was 100 percent disabled in the line of duty. Call 800-974-1024 for more information.

Students applying for renewal rewards are given first priority. The amount must be used for tuition and mandatory fees at any eligible institution, but may not exceed the equivalent resident undergraduate annual tuition and mandatory fees of the University of Maryland, College Park. APPLICATION: Must complete the Edward T. Conroy Memorial Scholarship application. Mail to: Maryland Higher Education Commission Office of Student Financial Assistance 839 Bestgate Road, Suite 400 Annapolis, MD 21401-3013 (410) 260-4565; (800) 974-1024 TTY for the Deaf - (800) 735-2258

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Veterans of the Afghanistan & Iraq Conflicts Scholarship Program: This program is designed to provide financial assistance to United States armed forces personnel who served in the Afghanistan or Iraq Conflicts, and their sons, daughters, or spouses who are current high school seniors, and full-time and part-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students enrolled in an eligible accredited Maryland postsecondary institution.
Eligibility: Uniformed Services Members of the United States who served in Afghanistan, or contiguous air space as defined in federal regulations, on or after October 24, 2001, and before a terminal date to be prescribed by the United States Secretary of Defense; or in Iraq, or contiguous waters or air space as defined in federal regulations, on or after March 19, 2003, and before a terminal date to be prescribed by the United States Secretary of Defense, may apply for a scholarship if they are:
-- A Veteran, active duty member of the Armed Forces, a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces or the Maryland National Guard who was activated as a result of the Afghanistan or Iraq Conflicts and who served at least 60 days in the Afghanistan or Iraq Conflicts, as defined above;
-- a son, daughter, or spouse of a Veteran or active duty member of the Armed Forces who is serving or has served in the Afghanistan or Iraq Conflicts at least 60 days, as defined above; or
-- a son, daughter, or spouse of a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces of Maryland National Guard who was activated as a result of the Afghanistan or Iraq Conflicts and served at least 60 days, as defined above.

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Hodson Trust Star Scholarship - Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans: The Hodson Trust and four Maryland colleges (Hood College, Johns Hopkins University, St. John's College [Annapolis campus] and Washington College) are awarding annual undergraduate and graduate scholarships to eligible Veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts. Each of the four schools will award up to a total of three scholarships a year beginning with academic year 2007-08 until academic year 2012. The scholarships will meet 100 percent of each participating institution's published annual tuition, room, board, books and mandatory student fees, not otherwise covered by federal, state and outside assistance.
Eligibility: Candidates for the Hodson Trust Scholarship must:
-- Provide proof of deployment of at least 60 days in Afghanistan or Iraq after September 11, 2001. Eligible applicants include Veterans who did not meet the 60-day active service period as a result of a service-related injury or condition.

-- Provide proof of Maryland residency at the time of deployment and Maryland residency following return to the U.S.
-- Apply for and accept all federal and state need-based grants, all available military educational benefits and any special scholarship programs designed for Veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq Conflicts.
-- Meet all requirements for admission at a participating institution, and maintain full-time enrollment and good academic standing in order to continue the scholarship through graduation. A recipient's individual scholarship term will not extend beyond four years.

Contact the Office of Admissions at one of the participating institutions to apply for the Hodson Trust Star Scholarship


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Employment Assistance: Maryland law provides for up to 15 days of paid military leave "for military training or active military duty in a Reserve unit of the armed forces or in the organized militia" (Maryland State Personnel and Pensions Code, section 9-1104(3)) for State employees.

Eligibility: National Guard or Reserve Service member

Medical Benefits: Medical benefits provided for State Active Duty members under Worker's compensation.
Eligibility: Maryland Air and Army National Guard members.

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Group Insurance: All Guard members are eligible for the Servicemember's Group Life Insurance (SGLI) and are automatically covered for $400,000 at $26.00 per month. The rate does not go up with age eligibility is covered as long as the Soldier is a member of the National Guard. Family members are covered under the Family Group Life Insurance (FGLI). Soldier's spouse is eligible for up to $100,000 at various rates depending on age and children under 18 are covered for $10,000 at no charge.

Eligibility: Maryland Air and Army National Guard members.

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Workers Compensation: State Active Duty National Guard members receive worker's compensation benefits.
Eligibility: Maryland Air and Army National Guard members.

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Injury/Death Benefits: Provided for State Active Duty through Worker's Compensation. If Guard member is killed while on State Active Duty or Title 32 duty, $100,000 death benefit to Family if not eligible for Death Indemnity Compensation (DIC).
Eligibility: Maryland Army National Guard members.

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Exempt from Arrest: MD National Guard members are exempt from being arrested while going to and returning from on duty.
Eligibility: Maryland National Guard members.

 

Transportation Benefits: Free passage through toll gates on roads to and from duty.
Eligibility: Maryland National Guard members.

 

Jury Duty Exemption: National Guard members are exempt from jury duty.
Eligibility:
Maryland National Guard members.

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Maryland's State Cemetery Program: The State of Maryland and the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs is pleased to offer Veterans, and their eligible dependents, a final resting place at one of five State Veterans' cemeteries throughout Maryland. Maryland's program is the largest of its kind in the nation. The following facilities provide interment services during the normal business week (Monday through Friday) and are open to the public 365 days of the year. Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery * Crownsville Veterans Cemetery * Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery * Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery * Rocky Gap Veterans Cemetery
Eligibility: Veteran must have been a legal resident in Maryland either (1) at time of entry into active service, (2) at time of death, or (3) for a period of at least two years; honorably discharged. Certain members of a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces who meet the legal residence requirements are also eligible. Public Law H.R. 821, enacted May 4, 1994, extends burial eligibility to persons who have 20 years of service creditable for retired pay as members of a reserve component of the Armed Forces or who would have been entitled to retired pay but for the fact that the person was under 60 years of age.* Eligibility extends to the spouse, widow or widower of an eligible Veteran or Service member, including the widow or widower of an Armed Forces member lost or buried at sea, or officially determined to be permanently absent in a status of " missing" or " missing in action" who met the legal residence requirements at the time the eligible Veteran or Service member was last known to have been alive. * Eligibility extends to the children of an eligible Veteran. A child is an unmarried person who is a legitimate or illegitimate child, a child legally adopted before the age of 21, a stepchild who acquired that status before the age of 21 and who is a member of the Veteran's household at the time of the Veteran's death and: who is under the age of 21 years; or who, before reaching the age of 21 years, became permanently incapable of self-support due to a mental or physical disability; or o who is up to 23 years of age and is pursuing a course of instruction at an approved educational institution. The Veteran should be aware that his dependent's burial eligibility is based solely on the Veteran's military service and Maryland residency. If the spouse, dependent minor children, or disabled adult children precede the eligible Veteran in death, the Veteran is required to execute an agreement electing to be buried in the same grave site before the spouse or child may be interred in a State Veterans Cemetery. If the Veteran changes his/her mind or his/her legal representative fails to abide by that agreement, for any reason other than the remains are unrecoverable, then the remains of the Family member interred in the State Veterans Cemetery must be removed without cost to the state.

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U.S. Army Reserve Benefits

Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) Veterans Workforce Training Program: Many MTA training classes are open to qualified U.S. military Veterans who are Maryland residents. The primary goal of the program is to assist U.S. military Veterans living in Maryland, regardless of age or length of service, with preparation for a meaningful career by providing the skills and training opportunities necessary to succeed in today's workforce. Once MTA employees have had the opportunity to register, eligible U.S. Veterans will be able to apply for remaining open seats in many MTA training classes, with preference given to those Veterans with service-connected disabilities.
Eligibility: U.S. military Veterans, National Guard and Reserves who are Maryland residents.

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Edward T. Conroy Memorial Scholarship: Aid for tuition and other educational expenses are available for Veterans and their Family members who are attending an institution of higher learning within the borders of the State of Maryland. You must be:

· A Veteran or active duty military member who served in the conflicts in Iraq or Afghanistan (Effective June 1, 2006)

· The son or daughter of a member of the United States Armed Forces who died or was 100 percent disabled as a direct result of military service;

· A Veteran who suffers, as a direct result of military service, a disability of 25 percent or greater and has exhausted or is no longer eligible for federal Veterans' educational benefits;

· The son, daughter or surviving spouse of a victim of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack who died as a result of the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the attack on the Pentagon in Virginia, or the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 in Pennsylvania;

· A POW/MIA of the Vietnam Conflict or his/her son or daughter; the son, daughter or surviving spouse (who has not remarried) of a state or local public safety employee or volunteer who died in the line of duty;

· Or a state or local public safety employee or volunteer who was 100 percent disabled in the line of duty. Call 800-974-1024 for more information.

Students applying for renewal rewards are given first priority. The amount must be used for tuition and mandatory fees at any eligible institution, but may not exceed the equivalent resident undergraduate annual tuition and mandatory fees of the University of Maryland, College Park. APPLICATION: Must complete the Edward T. Conroy Memorial Scholarship application. Mail to: Maryland Higher Education Commission Office of Student Financial Assistance 839 Bestgate Road, Suite 400 Annapolis, MD 21401-3013 (410) 260-4565; (800) 974-1024 TTY for the Deaf - (800) 735-2258

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Veterans of the Afghanistan & Iraq Conflicts Scholarship Program: This program is designed to provide financial assistance to United States armed forces personnel who served in the Afghanistan or Iraq Conflicts, and their sons, daughters, or spouses who are current high school seniors, and full-time and part-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students enrolled in an eligible accredited Maryland postsecondary institution.
Eligibility: Uniformed Services Members of the United States who served in Afghanistan, or contiguous air space as defined in federal regulations, on or after October 24, 2001, and before a terminal date to be prescribed by the United States Secretary of Defense; or in Iraq, or contiguous waters or air space as defined in federal regulations, on or after March 19, 2003, and before a terminal date to be prescribed by the United States Secretary of Defense, may apply for a scholarship if they are:
-- A Veteran, active duty member of the Armed Forces, a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces or the Maryland National Guard who was activated as a result of the Afghanistan or Iraq Conflicts and who served at least 60 days in the Afghanistan or Iraq Conflicts, as defined above;
-- a son, daughter, or spouse of a Veteran or active duty member of the Armed Forces who is serving or has served in the Afghanistan or Iraq Conflicts at least 60 days, as defined above; or
-- a son, daughter, or spouse of a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces of Maryland National Guard who was activated as a result of the Afghanistan or Iraq Conflicts and served at least 60 days, as defined above.

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Hodson Trust Star Scholarship - Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans: The Hodson Trust and four Maryland colleges (Hood College, Johns Hopkins University, St. John's College [Annapolis campus] and Washington College) are awarding annual undergraduate and graduate scholarships to eligible Veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts. Each of the four schools will award up to a total of three scholarships a year beginning with academic year 2007-08 until academic year 2012. The scholarships will meet 100 percent of each participating institution's published annual tuition, room, board, books and mandatory student fees, not otherwise covered by federal, state and outside assistance.
Eligibility: Candidates for the Hodson Trust Scholarship must:
-- Provide proof of deployment of at least 60 days in Afghanistan or Iraq after September 11, 2001. Eligible applicants include Veterans who did not meet the 60-day active service period as a result of a service-related injury or condition.

-- Provide proof of Maryland residency at the time of deployment and Maryland residency following return to the U.S.
-- Apply for and accept all federal and state need-based grants, all available military educational benefits and any special scholarship programs designed for Veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq Conflicts.
-- Meet all requirements for admission at a participating institution, and maintain full-time enrollment and good academic standing in order to continue the scholarship through graduation. A recipient's individual scholarship term will not extend beyond four years.

Contact the Office of Admissions at one of the participating institutions to apply for the Hodson Trust Star Scholarship:

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Employment Assistance: Maryland law provides for up to 15 days of paid military leave "for military training or active military duty in a Reserve unit of the armed forces or in the organized militia" (Maryland State Personnel and Pensions Code, section 9-1104(3)) for State employees.

Eligibility: National Guard or Reserve Service member

Maryland's State Cemetery Program: The State of Maryland and the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs is pleased to offer Veterans, and their eligible dependents, a final resting place at one of five State Veterans' cemeteries throughout Maryland. Maryland's program is the largest of its kind in the nation. The following facilities provide interment services during the normal business week (Monday through Friday) and are open to the public 365 days of the year. Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery * Crownsville Veterans Cemetery * Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery * Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery * Rocky Gap Veterans Cemetery
Eligibility: Veteran must have been a legal resident in Maryland either (1) at time of entry into active service, (2) at time of death, or (3) for a period of at least two years; honorably discharged. Certain members of a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces who meet the legal residence requirements are also eligible. Public Law H.R. 821, enacted May 4, 1994, extends burial eligibility to persons who have 20 years of service creditable for retired pay as members of a reserve component of the Armed Forces or who would have been entitled to retired pay but for the fact that the person was under 60 years of age.* Eligibility extends to the spouse, widow or widower of an eligible Veteran or Service member, including the widow or widower of an Armed Forces member lost or buried at sea, or officially determined to be permanently absent in a status of " missing" or " missing in action" who met the legal residence requirements at the time the eligible Veteran or Service member was last known to have been alive. * Eligibility extends to the children of an eligible Veteran. A child is an unmarried person who is a legitimate or illegitimate child, a child legally adopted before the age of 21, a stepchild who acquired that status before the age of 21 and who is a member of the Veteran's household at the time of the Veteran's death and: who is under the age of 21 years; or who, before reaching the age of 21 years, became permanently incapable of self-support due to a mental or physical disability; or o who is up to 23 years of age and is pursuing a course of instruction at an approved educational institution. The Veteran should be aware that his dependent's burial eligibility is based solely on the Veteran's military service and Maryland residency. If the spouse, dependent minor children, or disabled adult children precede the eligible Veteran in death, the Veteran is required to execute an agreement electing to be buried in the same grave site before the spouse or child may be interred in a State Veterans Cemetery. If the Veteran changes his/her mind or his/her legal representative fails to abide by that agreement, for any reason other than the remains are unrecoverable, then the remains of the Family member interred in the State Veterans Cemetery must be removed without cost to the state.

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Military Installations and Veterans Affairs Facilities in Maryland

 

Active Duty:

Army
 See:  Maryland Resource Locator

Navy
Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, MD: http://cnic.navy.mil/regions/ndw/installations/nas_patuxent_river.html

U.S. Naval Academy, MD: http://www.usna.edu/ homepage.php

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD: http://www.wrnmmc.capmed.mil/SitePages/home.aspx

Air Force
Joint Base Andrews, MD: http://www.andrews.af.mil/

Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB), MD: http://www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/ndw/installations/jbab.html

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Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Facilities in Maryland

VA Medical Centers
Baltimore: Baltimore VAMC - VA Maryland Health Care System, 10 North Greene St, 410-605-7000
Baltimore: Loch Raven VA Community Living & Rehabilitation Center 3900 Loch Raven Blvd, 410-605-7000

Perry Point: Perry Point VAMC - VA Maryland Health Care System, Perryville, MD 21902, 410-642-2411

Community Based Outpatient Clinics
Baltimore: Loch Raven VA Outpatient Clinic, 3901 The Alameda, 410-605-7650
Cambridge: Cambridge VA Outpatient Clinic , 830 Chesapeake Dr, 410-228-6243

Camp Springs: Southern PG County Outpatient Clinic, 5801 Allentown Rd, 301-423-3700

Charlotte Hall: Southern Maryland VA Outpatient Clinic, 29431 Charlotte Hall Rd, 301-884-7102

Cumberland: Cumberland Outpatient Clinic, 200 Glenn St, 301-724-0061

Fort Howard: Fort Howard VA Outpatient Clinic , 9600 North Point Rd, 410-477-1800

Fort Meade: Fort Meade VA Outpatient Clinic, 2479 5th St, 410-305-5300

Frederick: Fort Detrick VA Outpatient Clinic , 1433 Porter St, 301-624-1200

Glen Burnie: Glen Burnie VA Outpatient Clinic , 808 Landmark Dr, Suite 128, 410-590-4140

Greenbelt: Community Clinic-Greenbelt , 7525 Greenway Center Dr, Suite T-4, 301-345-2463

Hagerstown: Hagerstown Outpatient Clinic 1101 Opal Ct, 301-665-1462

Pocomoke: Pocomoke City VA Outpatient Clinic, 1701 Pocomoke Marketplace, Unit 211, 410-957-6718

Vet Center

Aberdeen: Aberdeen Vet Center Outstation, 223 W. Bel Air Avenue, 410-272-6771

Annapolis: Annapolis Vet Center, 100 Annapolis Street, Suite 102, 410-605-7826

Baltimore: Baltimore Vet Center, 1777 Reisterstown Road, Suite 199, 410-764-9400

Cambridge: Cambridge Vet Center Outstation, 830 Chesapeake Drive, 410-228-6305

Clinton: Prince George County Vet Center, 7905 Malcolm Rd, Suite 101, 301-856-7173

Dundalk: Baltimore County - Dundalk Vet Center, 1553 Merritt Blvd, 410-282-6144

Elkton: Elkton Vet Center, 103 Chesapeake Blvd, Suite A, 410-392-4485

Silver Spring: Silver Spring Vet Center, 2900 Linden Lane, 301-589-1073

Towson: 1B RCS Mid-Atlantic Region, 305 W Chesapeake Ave., Suite 300, 410-828-6619

VBA Regional Office
Baltimore: Baltimore Regional Office, 31 Hopkins Plaza, 800-827-1000

Veterans Health Administration
VISN Linthicum: VISN 5: VA Capitol Health Care Network

 

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Resources

http://www.mdva.state.md.us/

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

http://www.dnr.state.md.us/

http://www.goang.com

http://www2.va.gov/directory/guide/state.asp?State=MD&dnum=ALL

 

Document Review Date: 8 August 2013