State / Territory Benefits - Missouri
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Summary: The State of Missouri offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including Retired Military Pay and Property Tax Exemptions, State Employment Preferences, Education and Tuition Assistance, Operation Outreach, 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
Combat-pay exclusion: Missouri allows a subtraction of all military income received while serving in a combat zone, which is included in federal adjusted gross income and is not otherwise excluded.
Agent Orange Settlement: Payments made from the Agent Orange Fund to a Veteran or his/her dependents are exempt from state tax.
Military Pension Exemption: Beginning January 1, 2014, 75 percent of a military pension income will be exempt from Missouri state tax. This tax deduction will increase to 100 percent January 1, 2016, when all military pension income will be tax free. Pension Exemption may be taken on the Form MO-1040, MO-A, Part 3, Section D.
Spouses of Military Service Members Income Exemption: Spouses who are residents of any other state and reside in Missouri solely because their Spouse is in Missouri on military orders; any income earned is not taxable to Missouri.
Military Disability Retired Pay: Retirees who entered the military before September 24, 1975, and members receiving disability retirements based on combat injuries or who could receive disability payments from the VA are covered by laws giving disability broad exemption from federal income tax. Most military retired pay based on service-related disabilities also is free from federal income tax, but there is no guarantee of total protection.
VA Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: Not subject to federal or state taxes.
Military SBP/ RCSBP/RSFPP: Generally subject to state taxes for those states with income tax. Check with state department of revenue office.
Property Tax Exemption for Total Service-Connected Disabled Prisoners of War: As of January 1, 2011, any citizen of Missouri who is a former Prisoner of War as defined by law, and who has a total service-connected disability, shall be exempt from owing taxes on all real property used as a homestead as defined by law. 573-751-3505
Personal Property Tax Credit: The Missouri Property Tax Credit Claim gives credit to certain senior citizens and 100 percent disabled individuals for a portion of the real estate taxes or rent paid for the year. The credit is for a maximum of $750 for renters and $1,100 for owners who owned and occupied their home. The actual credit is based on the amount of real estate taxes or rent paid and total household income (taxable and nontaxable). If you rent from a facility that does not pay property taxes, you are not eligible for a Property Tax Credit.
Vietnam Veterans Survivor Grant Program: (The Vietnam Veteran's Survivor Grant Program will expire on December 31, 2015. Applications for the 2015-2016 academic year will be accepted through December 31, 2015.) Up to 12 grants are available to Children and Spouses of Vietnam Veterans who served between 1961 and 1972 and whose death was attributed to, or caused by exposure to toxic chemicals during the Vietnam conflict. The Veteran must have been a Missouri resident when first entering military service and at the time of death. The maximum annual grant amount is the least of: the actual tuition charged at the school where you are enrolled full-time, OR the amount of tuition charged to a Missouri undergraduate resident enrolled full-time in the same class level and in the same academic major as an applicant at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Download the Vietnam Veteran Survivor Grant Program Application here.
Eligibility: To be eligible, you must:
Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a full-time (12 credit hours) undergraduate student at a participating Missouri postsecondary school. Students with disabilities may be considered full-time when enrolled in at least six credit hours.
Maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by the school.
Be a United States citizen permanent resident.
Not be pursuing a degree or certificate in theology or divinity.
Not have received a bachelor's degree, completed 150 semester credit hours, or received the award for 10 semesters, whichever occurs first.
If you are a dependent Child, you will remain eligible through the semester in which you turn 25 if you have not already reached the limitations described in the last bullet above.
If you are a Spouse, you will remain eligible through the semester in which the fifth anniversary of the Veteran's death occurs if you have not already reached the limitations described in the last bullet above.
Wartime Veteran's Survivors Grant Program: This grant is provided annually to Children and Spouses of Veterans whose death or injuries were: a result of combat action or were attributed to an illness that was contracted while serving in combat action, or who became 80% disabled as a result of injuries or accidents sustained in combat action since September 11, 2001. The total number of Veterans that may receive a grant in any year is limited by statute to 25. The Veteran must have been a Missouri resident when first entering the military service or at the time of death or injury. The Missouri Veteran's Commission determines whether the Veteran meets the program's requirements. Download the Wartime Veteran's Survivors Grant Program Application here.
Eligibility: To be eligible, you must meet the following eligibility requirements at the time of application and throughout the period in which you receive the award:
Be a United States citizen, permanent resident, or otherwise lawfully present in the United States.
Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment at least half-time in a participating college or university.
Be the Veteran's Spouse at the time of death or injury or the Veteran's Child
Be less than 25 years of age if you are the Veteran's Child.
You may continue to be eligible through the end of the semester in which you turn 25 OR the receipt of your first bachelor's degree, whichever occurs first.
You must have been a dependent of the Veteran at the time of death or injury.
Complete and submit all requested eligibility information.
Continue to meet the eligibility requirements for initial students, AND
Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 and maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by the school.
Tuition Assistance: Tuition Assistance (TA) provides 100% tuition assistance for students with 10 years or less of military service; for students with 10 to 17 years of service it covers 50% of tuition. Tuition is paid at the rate of $245.60 per credit hour. The program covers up to 39 credit hours per year (15 credit hours for fall/15 credit hours for spring/9 credit hours for summer).
Eligibility: State TA is available to all Army National Guard members and pays for tuition only for schools approved for Missouri State Tuition Assistance. The following are additional requirements to obtain TA:
All Army members MUST APPLY for and exhaust their Federal TA before they will be awarded State TA.
Applicants must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.5. Failure to maintain the grade point average will result in the student being placed on academic probation for the next semester. Should the grade point average remain below the 2.5 level, the student will be denied any further State TA until achieving the required grade point average.
State TA may not be used to obtain a degree in theology or divinity.
State TA may only be used to obtain your first undergraduate degree.
Soldiers must remain in an active military status for the semester/session for which they are receiving educational assistance. Failure to maintain active status will result in the recoupment of all money awarded for that semester/session.
Requesting State TA Procedures
Applications for State TA with the statement of understanding are hard copy forms and must be filled out by the applicant and submitted to their Commander for signature. The Commander is certifying that the applicant is an active member in good standing.
Complete the State TA Application and Statement of Understanding at the Missouri National Guard website.
In addition to the application and statement of understanding, a copy of the applicant's course schedule and itemized bill must be faxed (573.638.9620) or mailed for processing to the following address:
Office of the Adjutant General
ATTN: JFMO-PER-INC (State TA)
2302 Militia Drive
Jefferson City, MO 65101-1203
An official transcript, when applicable, MUST BE MAILED (this cannot be scanned, copied, or faxed) for processing to the address listed above.
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:
Dr. Brian Henry, Commissioner, Superintendent, Waynesville R-VI School District
Address: 200 Fleetwood Dr, Waynesville, MO 65583
Robin Coffman, Assistant to the Commissioner of Education
Address: 205 Jefferson St, Jefferson City, MO 65583
Operation Recognition: The Missouri legislature created Operation Recognition in September 2001 to provide honorary high school diplomas for Veterans and civilian prisoners of war (POWs) who left high school before graduation to serve in the military. Veterans and civilian POWs can qualify for the honorary high school diploma regardless of whether they attended public or private schools, and regardless of whether the school still exists or not.
Eligibility: All civilian POWs who are residents or former residents of the state of Missouri and all honorably discharged Veterans who are residents or former residents of the state of Missouri who served in the United States military and who did not return to school and complete their education after their term of service shall be eligible to receive an honorary diploma. Family members may apply for the honorary diploma on behalf of a deceased Veteran. A copy of the Veteran's honorable discharge papers or DD-214 is required and must accompany this application.
Employment Assistance: Public employees receive 15 days military leave per fiscal year. (October 1 through September 30).
Eligibility: Missouri National Guard and Reserve members.
Local Veterans Employment Representatives & Disabled Veterans Outreach Program: Local Veterans Employment Representatives facilitate or provide assistance in job placement and accessing needed services. Services provided are:
Counseling through case management
Transitional assistance to separating Service members
Identification of employment and training opportunities and direct referrals to jobs
Monitoring job listings from federal contractors to ensure eligible Veterans get priority referrals to these jobs
Monitoring Missouri Career Centers to ensure priority of service to Veterans
Monitoring federal department and agency vacancy listings
Referral screening of complaints from Veterans regarding observance of Veteran's preference in federal hiring to the Director of Employment and Training Service.
Veterans' Preference with State of Missouri Employment: Missouri Veterans receive five-point preference when testing for any position with the state, with a ten-point preference for a service-connected disabled Veteran. Spouses of eligible Veterans can also qualify for Veterans Preference for State testing.
Veterans Hiring Preferences (Federal): By Federal law, Veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the United States Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over non-Veterans both in hiring into the Federal civil service and in retention during reduction in force. Veterans may be entitled to 5 or 10 points included in any scoring process for examination or interviews.
5-point Hiring Preference: Five points are added to the examination score or rating of a Veteran who served:
During a war; or
During the period April 28, 1952 through July 1, 1955; or
For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred after January 31, 1955, and before October 15, 1976; or
During the Gulf War from August 2, 1990, through January 2, 1992; or
For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred during the period beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on August 31, 2010, the last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom; or
In a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has been authorized. Any Armed Forces Expeditionary medal or campaign badge, including El Salvador, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Southwest Asia, Somalia, and Haiti, qualifies for preference.
10-point Compensable Disability (CP) Preference: Ten points are added to the examination score or rating of:
A Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of at least 10 percent but less than 30 percent.
10-Point 30 Percent Compensable Disability Preference (CPS): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of a Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.
10-Point Disability Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of:
A Veteran who served at any time and has a present service-connected disability or is receiving compensation, disability retirement benefits, or pension from the military or the Department of Veterans Affairs but does not qualify as a CP or CPS; or
A Veteran who received a Purple Heart.
10-Point Derived Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of Spouses, Widows, Widowers, or Mothers of Veterans as described below. This type of preference is usually referred to as "derived preference" because it is based on service of a Veteran who is not able to use the preference. Both a Mother and a Spouse (including Widow or Widower) may be entitled to preference on the basis of the same Veteran's service if they both meet the requirements. However, neither may receive preference if the Veteran is living and is qualified for Federal employment.
Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of the Spouse of a disabled Veteran who is disqualified for a Federal position along the general lines of his or her usual occupation because of a service-connected disability. Such a disqualification may be presumed when the Veteran is unemployed and
Is rated by appropriate military or Department of Veterans Affairs authorities to be 100 percent disabled and/or unemployable; or
Has retired, been separated, or resigned from a civil service position on the basis of a disability that is service-connected in origin; or
Has attempted to obtain a civil service position or other position along the lines of his or her usual occupation and has failed to qualify because of a service-connected disability.
Preference may be allowed in other circumstances but anything less than the above warrants a more careful analysis.
A campaign medal holder or Gulf War Veteran who originally enlisted after September 7, 1980, (or began active duty on or after October 14, 1982, and has not previously completed 24 months of continuous active duty) must have served continuously for 24 months or the full period called or ordered to active duty. The 24-month service requirement does not apply to 10-point preference eligible Veterans separated for disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, or to Veterans separated for hardship or other reasons under 10 U.S.C. 1171 or 1173.
Priority for Qualified Veterans Employment: State agencies, which administer federally funded employment and training programs for Veterans, shall give priority to qualified Veterans and other eligible persons.
Show Me Heroes Program: Missouri launched the 'Show-Me Heroes' initiative to showcase Missouri businesses that are willing to hire Veterans returning from the world's battlefields. Veterans and members of our National Guard and Reserve possess the degree of training, education, motivation, and character that will prove vital to Missouri's economic future.
Show Me Heroes list the names of every employer who has signed the pledge to hire a Missouri Veteran, and allows Veterans to see the employers in their region who have taken the pledge. In addition, using Missouri Career Source, Veterans will be able to post their resume and employers will be able to connect with Veterans looking for a job.
Unemployment Insurance: Unemployment Insurance (UI) is a program designed to provide income to those unemployed due to no fault of their own.
To be eligible for UI benefit payments, you must:
Lose your job through no fault of your own OR quit for good cause related to the work or the employer.
Make at least $2,250-at least $1,500 during one of the calendar quarters, and at least $750 during the remainder of the base period-from an insured employer during your base period.
AND your total base period wages must be at least 1.5 times your highest quarter wages.
OR you must make at least $19,500 during two of the four base period quarters.
To remain eligible:
You must report all wages earned each week, even if you won't be paid until later. This includes tips, commissions, bonuses, show-up time, military reserve pay, board, and lodging.
You must be able and available for work each week. This means you have no illness, injury, or personal circumstances that would keep you from working.
Refusing an offer of work may result in denial of UI benefits.
Phone information for all Regional Claims Centers (RCC):
Jefferson City RCC
Kansas City RCC
St. Louis RCC
All others please call 800-320-2519
Free Criminal Background Checks for Homeless Veterans Employment: The Missouri State Highway Patrol, as the designated Missouri State Identification Bureau, will provide at no cost a criminal background check in connection with gaining employment, housing, or any other service on any homeless former member of the armed forces who has been honorably discharged.
Veterans Identification on Driver's License or State I.D. Card A Veteran may apply to the Department of Revenue to obtain a state driver's license or identification card showing Veteran designation.
Eligibility: A Veteran must provide their DD-214 showing a discharge status of "honorable," "general," or "under honorable conditions" or a United States Uniformed Services Identification Card (DD Form 2), that includes a discharge status of "retired" or "reserve retired" and pay the authorized fees for the license or card.
Application for Missouri License Plates
Free Disabled Veteran (DV) License Plates: Disabled Veteran specialty license plates are available to eligible applicants at no fee (limit one set per applicant). To qualify for Disabled Veteran specialty license plates, you must be a Missouri resident who has served in and was honorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces.
Free Former Prisoners of War Plates: Former Prisoner of War (POW) specialty license plates are available to eligible applicants at no fee (limit one set per applicant). To qualify for Former POW specialty license plates, you must be a Missouri resident who has served in and was honorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces.
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal Plates: The Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal plate is available for Veterans who show proof of Military Eligibility showing applicant was discharged and received the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; or, if applicant is currently serving, proof currently serving and a copy of orders or certificate that shows the applicant was awarded the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. The cost is $15.
Army Plates: In order to receive the Army license plate, the applicant must submit a copy of his or her military ID card or a notarized statement signed by his or her commanding officer verifying that he or she has served and was honorably discharged or currently serves, and is a member in good standing of a branch of the United States Armed Forces, National Guard or reserves. The cost is $15.
Air Medal Plates: Any person who has been awarded the Air Medal military service award may apply for Air Medal motor vehicle license plates for any motor vehicle such person owns, either solely or jointly, other than an apportioned motor vehicle or a commercial motor vehicle licensed in excess of eighteen thousand pounds gross weight. The cost is $15.
Bronze Star Plates: Any person who has been awarded the Bronze Star military service award may apply for bronze star motor vehicle license plates for any motor vehicle such person owns, either solely or jointly, other than an apportioned motor vehicle or a commercial motor vehicle licensed in excess of eighteen thousand pounds gross weight. If the person has been awarded a bronze star with a "V" for valor device on the medal, then the director of revenue shall issue plates bearing the letter "V" in addition to the words and images required by this section. The cost is $15.
Combat Infantry Badge Plates: Any person who was discharged and received the Combat Infantryman Badge; or, if applicant is currently serving, proof currently serving and a copy of orders or certificate that shows the applicant was awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge. The cost is $15.
Medal of Honor Plates: Any person who has been awarded the Medal of Honor may apply for special motor vehicle license plates for any vehicle he owns, either solely or jointly, other than commercial vehicles weighing over twelve thousand pounds, as provided in this section. There is no fee.
Gulf War Veteran- Desert Storm and Desert Shield Plates: Any person who served in the military operation known as Desert Storm or Desert Shield and either currently serves in any branch of the United States Armed Forces or was honorably discharged from such service may apply for Desert Storm or Desert Shield motor vehicle license plates, for any motor vehicle the person owns, either solely or jointly, other than an apportioned motor vehicle or a commercial motor vehicle licensed in excess of eighteen thousand pounds gross weight. The cost is $15.
Distinguished Flying Cross Plates: Any person who has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross military service award may apply for Distinguished Flying Cross motor vehicle license plates for any motor vehicle such person owns, either solely or jointly, other than an apportioned motor vehicle or a commercial motor vehicle licensed in excess of eighteen thousand pounds gross weight. The cost is $15.
Korean War Veteran: Any person who served in the Korean War and was honorably discharged from such service may apply for special motor vehicle license plates, either solely or jointly, for issuance for any vehicle the person owns, either solely or jointly, other than an apportioned motor vehicle or commercial motor vehicle licensed in excess of eighteen thousand pounds. Provide proof of service in the Korean War and status as an honorably discharged Veteran. Cost is $15.
Military, National Guard and Military Reserve Plates: Any person who has served and was honorably discharged or currently serves in any branch of the United States Armed Forces or reserves, or the Missouri National Guard may apply for special motor vehicle license plate. Cost is $15.
Eligibility: Any person who has served or currently serves in any branch of the United States Armed Forces or reserves, the United States Coast Guard or reserve, the United States Merchant Marines or reserve or the Missouri National Guard.
Operation Enduring Freedom: Any person who is serving on active duty or has served in any branch of the United States military, including the reserves or National Guard, during any part of Operation Enduring Freedom and has not been dishonorably discharged may receive special motor vehicle license plates for any motor vehicle such person owns, either solely or jointly, other than an apportioned motor vehicle or a commercial motor vehicle licensed in excess of eighteen thousand pounds gross weight. Cost is $15.
Operation Iraqi Freedom: Any person who served in the military operation known as Operation Iraqi Freedom and either currently serves in any branch of the United States Armed Forces or was honorably discharged from such service may apply for Operation Iraqi Freedom motor vehicle license plates, for any motor vehicle the person owns, either solely or jointly, other than an apportioned motor vehicle or a commercial motor vehicle licensed in excess of eighteen thousand pounds gross weight. Cost is $15.
Operation Noble Eagle: Any person who is serving or has served in any branch of the United States military, including the reserves or National Guard, during any part of Operation Noble Eagle and has not been dishonorably discharged may receive special motor vehicle license plates for any motor vehicle such person owns, either solely or jointly, other than an apportioned motor vehicle or a commercial motor vehicle licensed in excess of eighteen thousand pounds gross weight. Cost is $15.
Pearl Harbor Survivor: Any member of the United States Military Service who was stationed on or within three miles of the Hawaiian Island of Oahu on December 7, 1941, during the enemy attack on Pearl Harbor and other related military installations may apply for special motor vehicle license plates for one vehicle he owns, either solely or jointly, as provided in this section. Pearl Harbor survivor plates issued are transferable only to a Widow or Widower of a Pearl Harbor survivor. Cost is $15.
Purple Heart Plates: Any person who has been awarded the Purple Heart medal may apply for special motor vehicle license plates for any vehicle he or she owns, either solely or jointly, other than commercial vehicles weighing over twelve thousand pounds. There is no specialty plate fee for first set. There is a$15 specialty plate fee for second or subsequent set.
Retired Military Army: Any person who is a retired member of the United States Army, Reserves or National Guard may apply for free retired military motor vehicle license plates for any motor vehicle the person owns, either solely or jointly, other than an apportioned motor vehicle or a commercial motor vehicle licensed in excess of eighteen thousand pounds gross weight. There shall be no limit on the number of license plates any person qualified pursuant to this section may obtain so long as each set of license plates issued pursuant to this section is issued for a vehicle owned solely or jointly by such person.
U.S. Veteran Plate: Any person who served in the active military service in a branch of the armed services of the United States and was honorably discharged from such service may apply for special personalized license plates for any vehicle other than an apportioned motor vehicle or a commercial motor vehicle licensed in excess of eighteen thousand pounds gross weight. Any such person shall make application for the special license plates on a form provided by the director of revenue and furnish such proof of service and status as an honorably discharged Veteran as the director may require. Cost is $15.
Vietnam Veteran: Any person who served in the Vietnam Conflict and either currently serves in any branch of the United States Armed Forces or was honorably discharged from such service may apply for special motor vehicle license plates, either solely or jointly, for issuance either for any passenger motor vehicle. Cost is $15.
Click here for a list of additional license plates for Missouri.
Commercial Driver Exam (CDL) Exemptions: Missouri allows active duty military or retired military personnel to complete an application for waiver of skills testing to obtain a commercial driver license. Applicant must have a minimum of 60 days active duty driving experience in a commercial motor vehicle for the military (not vehicle training) within the 2 years prior to date of application for waiver. Applicants must still complete the required knowledge examinations for the commercial driver license class being applied for. The application is available on-line or may be faxed upon request or acquired at a local license office.
Medical Benefits: State Active Duty covered under worker's compensation.
Eligibility: Missouri National Guard members.
Injury/Death Benefits: State Active Duty under worker's compensation.
Eligibility: Missouri National Guard members.
Group Insurance: Offered: $5,000/$2.40 mo; $10,000/$4.40 mo; $15,000/$6.40 mo; $20,l000/$8.40 mo; $25,000/$10.40 mo; $30,000/$12.40 mo; $35,000/$14.40 mo; $50,000/$20.40 mo. Insurance also offered for Family members.
Eligibility: Missouri National Guard members.
Workers Compensation: State Active Duty receives worker's compensation
Eligibility: Missouri National Guard members.
Resident National Guard and Reserve Service Small Game Hunting and Fishing Permits: Permits are issued to Missouri residents who are currently, or have in the previous 12 months, been mobilized and serving on full-time active military duty in the National Guard (federal status) or Reserve forces of the United States to take fish, frogs, mussels, clams, turtles, crayfish, live bait, birds (except turkey), mammals (except deer), and to sell furbearers taken by hunting. Click here for application. Fee $5.00
Any honorably discharged resident or nonresident Veteran having a service-related disability of 60 percent or greater or who was a prisoner of war during military service, may hunt (but not trap) wildlife-except deer or turkey-without a permit but must carry a certified statement of eligibility from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Any member of the U.S. military currently assigned as a patient to a Warrior Transition Brigade, Warrior Transition Unit or a military medical center may hunt (but not trap) wildlife-except deer and turkey-without a permit but must carry orders showing assignment to a Warrior Transition Brigade, Warrior Transition Unit or admissions verification to a military medical center. However:
a Missouri Migratory Bird Hunting Permit is required for waterfowl, snipe, doves, woodcock and rails
a federal duck stamp is required for hunting waterfowl
a Conservation Order Permit is required for light geese during the Conservation Order.
Note: Nonresident Veterans who meet the above requirements also can purchase resident permits, for example resident deer or turkey hunting permits.
Free general fishing for Warriors in Transition: If you are a member of the U.S. military currently assigned as a patient to a Warrior Transition Brigade, Warrior Transition Unit, or a military medical center, you now may take fish, live bait, clams, mussels, turtles, and frogs without permit. However, you still need a trout permit or daily tag in areas where prescribed. (You must carry orders showing assignment to a Warrior Transition Brigade or Warrior Transition Unit, or carry admission verification to a military medical center.)
Free Fishing for Disabled Veterans: Any resident or nonresident who is an honorably discharged Veteran who has a service-related disability of 60 percent or greater, or who was a prisoner of war during military service are not required to purchase a lifetime, annual, or daily fishing permit, but they must purchase a daily trout fishing tag or trout permit when or where required. Must carry a certified statement of eligibility from the Veterans Administration.
Camping Discounts: A $2 per night camping discount is available year-round for senior citizens (65 years and older) and persons with disabilities. This discount should be asked for at the time of fee payment.
Eligibility: Disability Discount -- state-issued disabled hang tag; disabled vehicle license plate; federal Golden Access Passport or America the Beautiful - Access Pass; formal letter from the Social Security Administration or Veteran's Administration. Senior Citizen Discount -- proof of age (65 years or older) such as a valid driver's license or state identification card.
Homeless Veterans Benefits: Every VA Medical Center in Missouri has a Homeless Veterans Coordinator. The Homeless Coordinator provides information about the services for homeless Veterans through the Veterans Health Administration. Services include outreach, case management, referrals to benefits counselors, linkage to health care, and housing assistance. Each facility is unique and services vary among each medical center. Homeless Veterans in need of assistance after hours when the Homeless Coordinator is unavailable, should contact the VA medical center's emergency room. All VA medical centers can provide referrals to emergency shelter services.
Missouri Veterans Homes: Seven skilled nursing homes are located throughout Missouri, providing three levels of skilled nursing care at minimal cost to the Veteran. Under the management of Missouri Veterans Commission, these homes are located in Cameron, Warrensburg, Mexico, St. Louis, St. James, Cape Girardeau, and Mt. Vernon.
Eligibility: To be eligible for admission to a Missouri Veterans Home, a Veteran during his or her lifetime must have lived in Missouri for 180 days, meet the criteria for Veteran status established by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, and require institutional health care services.
Eligibility and admission decisions are made by a team comprised of the Administrator, Physician, Director of Nursing, Social Worker, Veterans Service Officer, and other professionals as needed.
Veteran must have been discharged under conditions other than dishonorable
The Veteran must have been a resident of the State of Missouri for at least 180 days at some point in his/her life
The Veteran must have documentation from a physician that he/she needs skilled nursing home care
The Veteran's health condition must be such that the Home has the resources to care for him. The final decision for admission is determined by a healthcare team comprised of the Administrator, Physician, Director of Nursing, Social Worker and other professionals as needed.
State Veterans Cemeteries: Missouri Veterans Commission currently operates five State Veterans Cemeteries, one each in Springfield, Higginsville, Bloomfield, Jacksonville, and Ft. Leonard Wood. The Missouri Veterans Commission provides the following benefits at no cost to Veterans, their Spouses, and eligible dependent Children.
Opening and closing of the grave
A concrete grave liner if a vault is not provided by the Family
Upright granite headstone
Full military honors for the Veteran
Eligibility: The eligibility criteria is the same as that for a national cemetery:
The Veteran must have been discharged from active duty under conditions other than dishonorable and have completed the required period of service as required by law.
Death of the Veteran occurred while on active duty.
After 7 September 1980 for enlisted and after 16 October 1981 for officers, the individual must have served 24 consecutive months on active duty or the full period for which called to active duty.
Reservists or members of the National Guard who are eligible for retired pay as a result of 20 years creditable service are entitled to interment in a Missouri State Veterans Cemetery. Reservists and members of the National Guard who are called to active duty by Presidential Executive Order and who satisfactorily complete the period for which they are called to duty are also eligible.
There is no residency requirement for interment in a Missouri Veterans Cemetery.
U.S. Citizens who served in the armed forces of a government allied with the United States during wartime may also be eligible.
NOTE: Former Spouses whose marriage to an eligible Veteran was terminated by divorce are not eligible for burial in a Missouri Veterans cemetery.
NOTE: Any Veteran convicted of a federal or state capital crime is barred from burial in a Missouri State Veterans Cemetery. This prohibition also includes those Veterans who commit capital crimes but avoid conviction due to death or flight.
The Missouri Veterans Award Program: was first established in 2000 with the creation of the World War II Veterans' Award Recognition. The World War II Veterans' Award Recognition consists of a medal, medallion, and certificate. World War II Veterans who participated in the D-Day invasion of Europe are also eligible to receive a replica of the Jubilee of Liberty medal. Since the program began, more than approximately 46,497 Missouri Veterans have been awarded the World War II Veterans' Award Recognition. In the 2003 legislative session, the Korean War Medallion was added. The Korean War award consists of a medal, medallion, and certificate. Click here for more Veteran awards available.
Missouri Veterans Women Veterans Initiative: The Missouri Veterans Commission ensures that Missouri's Women Veterans have equitable access to federal and state Veterans services and ensure Women Veterans are aware of their VA benefits.
Military Installations in Missouri
Please see the Missouri Resource Locator for additional information
Whiteman Air Force Base (AFB)
Missouri Army National Guard
Missouri Air National Guard
United States Army Reserve
88th Regional Support Command (RSC)
Veterans Health Administration
VA Health Care System - 800-228-5459
Saint Louis: VA St. Louis Health Care System, John Cochran Division, 915 North Grand Blvd, 314-652-4100, Jefferson Barracks Division, 1 Jefferson Barracks Dr, 314-652-4100
VA Medical Center
Columbia: Harry S. Truman Memorial, 800 Hospital Dr, 573-814-6000
Kansas City: Kansas City VA Medical Center, 4801 Linwood Blvd, 816-861-4700
Poplar Bluff: John J. Pershing VA Medical Center, 1500 North Westwood Blvd, 573-686-4151 / 888-557-8262
St. Louis: St. Louis VA Medical Center - Jefferson Barracks Division, 1 Jefferson Barracks Dr, 314-652-4100 / 800-228-5459
St. Louis: St. Louis VA Medical Center - John Cochran Division, 915 North Grand Blvd, 314-652-4100 / 800-228-5459
Platte City: Platte City, 2303 Higgins Suite F, 800-952-8387 x59141
Community Based Outpatient Clinics
Belton: Belton CBOC, 17140 Bel-Ray Place, 816-922-2161 / Fax: 816-922-4690
Branson: Branson OPC, 5571 N Gretna Rd, 417-243-2300 / Fax: 417-243-2390
Cameron: Cameron Clinic, 1111 Euclid Dr. 816-922-2500 x54251
Cape Girardeau: Cape Girardeau CBOC Community-Based Outpatient Clinic, 3051 William St, 573-339-0909 / Fax: 573-339-5940
Excelsior Springs: Excelsior Springs CBOC, 197 McCleary Rd, 816-822-2970 / 816-861-4700 x52970
Farmington: Farmington CBOC, 1580 W. Columbia St, 573-760-1365 / Fax: 573-760-0354
Florissant: St. Louis CBOC, 6854 Parker Rd, 314-286-6988 / Fax: 314-868-2561
Jefferson City: Jefferson City VA CBOC, 2707 W Edgewood Dr, 573-635-0233
Kansas City: Honor Annex, 4251 Northern Ave, 816-861-4700
Kansas City: Mobile Medical Unit, 4801 Linwood Blvd, 816-861-4700 x52977 / 800-525-1483 x52977
Kirksville: Kirksville VA CBOC/North East Missouri Health Council, 1510 North Crown Dr, 660-627-8387
Marshfield: Marshfield VA Clinic, 1240 Banning St, 417-468-1963 / Fax: 417-468-2736
Mexico: Mexico VA Clinic, 3460 South Clark St, 573-581-9630
Mt Vernon: Gene Taylor CBOC, 600 N Main, 417-466-4000 / Fax: 417-466-0184
Nevada: Nevada Clinic, 322 S. Prewitt, 417-448-8905
O'Fallon: St. Charles Clinic, 844 Waterbury Falls Dr, 314-286-6988 / Fax: 314-289-6360
Osage Beach: Lake of the Ozarks Clinic, 940 Executive Dr, 573-302-7890
Salem: Salem Clinic, Hwy 72 North, 573-729-6626
Sedalia: Sedalia VA Clinic, 3320 West 10th St, 660-826-3800
Sikeston: Sikeston Clinic, 903 South Kingshighway, 573-472-2139 / Fax: 573-472-6457
St. James: St. James VA Clinic / Missouri Veterans Home, 620 N. Jefferson, 573-265-0448
St. Louis: Hope Recovery Center VA St. Louis Health Care System, 515 North Jefferson Ave, 314-652-4100 x55500 or 800-228-5459 x55500 / Fax: 314-289-6451
St. Louis: VA St. Louis Health Care System Primary Care Team 1 Annex, 4974 Manchester Ave, 314-289-6566 / Fax: 314-289-6364
St. Louis: VA St. Louis Health Care System Primary Care Team 2 Annex, 2727 Washington Ave, 314-289-7659 / Fax: 314-289-6183
St. Joseph: St. Joseph CBOC, 3302 South Belt Highway, Suite P, 800-952-8387 x56925
Warrensburg: Warrensburg Clinic, 702 E. Young St, 816-922-2500 x54281
Washington: Washington MO CBOC, 1627 A Roy Dr, 314-289-7950 / 800-228-5459 x57950 / Fax: 314-289-7951
Waynesville: Fort Leonard Wood CBOC, 700 GW Lane St, 573-774-2285
West Plains: West Plains Clinic, 1801 E. State Route K, 417-257-2454 / Fax: 417-256-1119
Vet Center - 877-927-8387
Columbia: Columbia Vet Center, 4040 Rangeline St, Suite 105, 573-814-6206 / Fax: 573-814-2608
Kansas City: Kansas City Vet Center, 4800 Main St, Suite 107, 816-753-1866 / Fax: 816-753-2328
Springfield: Springfield, MO Vet Center, 3616 S. Campbell, 417-881-4197 / Fax: 417-881-4932
St. Louis: 2 RCS Central Regional Office, 2122 Kratky Rd, Suite 130, 314-426-5460 / Fax: 314-426-4725
St. Louis: St Louis Vet Center, 2901 Olive, 314-531-5355 / Fax: 314-533-2796
Kansas City: VISN 15: VA Heartland Network, 1201 Walnut St, Suite 800, 816-701-3002
Veterans Benefits Administration
St Louis: VA Central Area Office, Robert A. Young Federal Bldg, 1222 Spruce St, Suite 3.309, 800-827-1000
Regional Benefit Office
St. Louis: St. Louis Regional Office, 400 South, 18th St, 800-827-1000
Records Management Center
St. Louis: VA Records Management Center, 4300 Goodfellow Blvd, Bldg 104, 888-533-4558 / Fax: 314-679-3615
National Cemetery Administration
Jefferson City: Jefferson City National Cemetery, 1024 East McCarty St, 314-845-8320 / Fax: 314-845-8355
Kansas City: Union Confederate Monument Site, 227 E. 28th Street Terrace, 913-758-4105 / Fax: 913-758-4136
Springfield: Springfield National Cemetery, 1702 East Seminole St, 417-881-9499 / Fax: 417-881-7862
St. Louis: Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, 2900 Sheridan Rd, 314-845-8320 / Fax: 314-845-8355
Missouri Veterans Commission
205 Jefferson Street
12th Floor Jefferson Building
P.O. Drawer 147
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Document Review Date: 30 September 2015