State / Territory Benefits - Montana

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Summary: Montana offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including Property Tax Exemptions, Montana National Guard Tuition Scholarship Program, Education and Tuition Assistance, Point Preference or Alternative Preference in Initial Hiring, 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:

Retired Military Pay: Montana taxes all pension and retirement income received while residing in Montana to the extent it is taxable on the federal return.

Military Disability Retired Pay: Retirees who entered the military before September 24, 1975, and members receiving disability retirements based on combat injuries or who could receive disability payments from the VA are covered by laws giving disability broad exemption from federal income tax. Most military retired pay based on service-related disabilities also is free from federal income tax, but there is no guarantee of total protection.

VA Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: Not subject to federal or state taxes.

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

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Active Duty Exemption: The salary received from the armed forces by residents of Montana who are serving on active duty in the regular armed forces and who entered into active duty from Montana is exempt from state income tax.

National Guard Exemption: The salary received by residents of Montana for active duty in the National Guard is exempt from state income tax.

Veterans' Bonus or Death Benefit Exemption: All payments made under the World War I bonus law, the Korean bonus law, and the Veterans' bonus law is exempt from taxation. The amount received from the federal government by a Service member, as reimbursement for group life insurance premiums paid is considered to be a bonus and is exempt from taxation. The amount received by a beneficiary is exempt from taxation.

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Montana Disabled Veteran or Spouses of Montana Disabled Veterans (MDV): Program Overview (15-6-311, MCA) A reduced property tax rate is available for 100% disabled Veterans and the unmarried surviving Spouse of Veterans who died while on active duty or died as a result of a service-connected disability. You must own or currently be under contract to purchase a home or mobile/manufactured home and live in the home as your primary residence for at least seven months of the tax year you are applying for.

To determine your eligibility, the department will verify your 2015 Federal Adjusted Gross Income (FAGI), excluding capital and income losses. For a single applicant, your income must be less than $49,157 and $56,720 for married applicants and head of household (a Spouse's income is included regardless of whether they are an owner of the property). For an unmarried surviving Spouse, your income must be less than $42,855. If you are new to Montana, provide a copy of your 2015 federal income tax return.

If your only income is from social security, Veterans' benefits and/or other nontaxable sources, include a copy of your social security statement and/or other income documentation with your completed application.

The following charts show the 2017 income guidelines. Depending on the marital status and income of the homeowner, the tax rate is reduced by 100%, 80%, 70% or 50% of the normal tax rate. The income ranges are updated each year for inflation.

Income

Income

Percentage

Single Person

Married Couple

Reduction

$0 - $37,812

$0 - $45,375

100%

$37,813 - $41,594

$45,376- $49,157

80%

$41,595 - $45,375

$49,158- $52,938

70%

$45,376- $49,157

$52,939 - $56,720

50%

Income

Percentage

Surviving Spouse

Reduction

$0 - $31,510

100%

$31,511 - $35,292

80%

$35,293 - $39,073

70% 

$39,074 - $42,855

50% 

 

New Applicants: Return your completed and signed MDV application form to your local Department of Revenue office. Your application must be postmarked or hand-delivered by April 15. (If you miss the deadline, apply as soon as possible to ensure you are included in the program's verification process for the following tax year.)

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Education Benefits:

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:
BG (RET) Harold "Hal" Stearns, MTARNG Montana Commissioner
Address: 400 Benton, Missoula, MT  59801
Email: hal@modwest.com
Phone: 406-461-4419 

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Montana National Guard Education Benefits: The Montana State Scholarship offers Air Guard members working toward a Bachelor's degree $100 per credit hour, up to $1200 per semester.
Eligibility: National Guard Service members.

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Surviving Dependents of Montana National Guard Member Waiver: The surviving Spouse or Child of any Montana National Guard member killed as a result of injury, disease, or other disability incurred in the line of duty while serving on state active duty is eligible for a waiver. This waiver shall not apply to the extent that any such person is eligible for educational benefits from any governmental or private benefit program that provides comparable benefits.

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War Orphans Waiver: A tuition waiver is available, upon approval of the Commissioner of Higher Education, for Children aged 25 or less, whose parent(s) served on active duty during World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, the Iraq or Afghanistan conflicts. Such members of the armed forces must have been Montana residents at the time of entry into service, and must have been killed in action or died as a result of combat related injury, disease, or other disability while in the service.

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Honorable Discharged Veteran Tuition Waiver: A Veteran who meets all of the following conditions is eligible for a waiver of registration and incidental fees:

  • "Honorable" discharge ("General Under Honorable Conditions" will not be accepted) from any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces for service on active duty for other than training purposes.
  • Bona fide resident of Montana for fee and tuition purposes.
  • At some time eligible for VA education benefits but benefits were exhausted or have expired (VEAP eligible Veterans who withdrew a portion of their VEAP contribution before benefits expired are not eligible for the Tuition Waiver).
  • Qualifies under A, B, C, D or E below:

A.    The waiver is available to all otherwise qualified undergraduate and graduate students who served December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946; June 22, 1950 to January 31, 1955; or January 1, 1964 to May 7, 1975.

B.    The waiver is available to all otherwise qualified students who are working on an initial undergraduate degree and received an Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for service after May 7, 1975.

C.    The waiver is available to all otherwise qualified students who are working on an initial undergraduate degree and received the Southwest Asia Service Medal for service in the Persian Gulf between August 2, 1990 and April 11, 1991.

D.    Veteran Awarded the Kosovo Campaign Medal and working on initial undergraduate degree.

E.    The Veteran served in a combat theatre in Afghanistan or Iraq after September 11, 2001 and received either the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal or the Iraq Campaign Medal and working on initial undergraduate degree.

  • Qualified recipients may receive the tuition waiver for a total of 12 semesters and must maintain satisfactory progress.

Application for the waiver must be made through the admission office at the Montana University System campus where you will be attending. Applications must be made at least two weeks before fee payment for the semester in which the recipient expects to qualify.

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Grateful Nation Montana: was formed for the specific purpose of facilitating college educations for the Children of Service members killed while on active duty in Iraq or Afghanistan, Grateful Nation links eligible students with the financial resources and non-monetary support they will need to have a successful college experience. We target both the financial and educational needs of these Children. Even with sufficient financial resources in place, the road to a successful college education may not be assured for these students, who face many hurdles growing up without a parent. Participating colleges and universities provide student tutoring and mentoring to eligible students during their high school years so that these students are academically and emotionally prepared to succeed in college.

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Employment Benefits:

Point Preference or Alternative Preference in Initial Hiring (State): (1) Subject to the restrictions in subsections (2) and (3), whenever a public employer uses a scored procedure, an applicant for an initial hiring, as defined in Montana Code 39-30-103, must have added to the applicant's score the following percentage points of the total possible points that may be granted in the scored procedure:
(a) 5 percentage points if the applicant is a Veteran; and
(b) 10 percentage points if the applicant is a disabled Veteran or an eligible relative.
(2) A Veteran, disabled Veteran, or eligible relative may not receive the percentage points provided for in subsection (1) unless the person:
(a) is a United States citizen; and
(b) meets the minimum qualifications required for the position. If no applicant meets the minimum qualifications and the public employer fills a training position, Veterans' preference must be applied.
(3) A disabled Veteran who receives 10 percentage points under subsection (1) (b) may not receive an additional 5 percentage points under subsection (1)(a).
(4) Whenever a public employer uses a selection procedure other than a scored procedure, the public employer shall give preference to a disabled Veteran, eligible relative, or Veteran, in that order, over any non-preferred applicant holding substantially equal qualifications, as defined in Montana Code 39-30-103.
Eligibility: A Veteran, disabled Veteran, or eligible relative.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Military retirees at the rank of major, lieutenant commander, or higher are not eligible for preference in appointment unless they are disabled Veterans. (This does not apply to Reservists who will not begin drawing military retired pay until age 60.)

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Paid Military Leave: Public employees receive 15 work days of paid military leave per year. Unused military leave must be carried over to the next calendar year, or academic year if applicable, but may not exceed a total of 240 hours in any calendar or academic year.
Eligibility: Public employees performing military service and who have been an employee for a period of at least 6 months.

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Unemployment Compensation:

Unemployment Insurance: UI is a program to pay short-term benefits to help workers who have lost their job through no fault of their own. UI helps to lessen the negative impact that unemployment has on the economy. UI is not public assistance, Social Security or a disability payment program. For fastest service file online here- it's the safe, secure, easy and quick way to file for and request payment of benefits and find information on your claim. If you are an ex-military member A copy of your DD214, Member 4 will need to be mailed to our office. Note: You may file an unemployment claim after your discharge date shown on your DD214, Member 4.

In order to file you will need:

  • Your Social Security Number
  • Your current mailing address
  • Your telephone number and / or email address
  • Complete name, address and phone number of all employers you have worked for since 10-01-2015

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Motor Vehicle Division Benefits:

Military Plates available for Military Personnel, Veterans, Spouses, and Gold Star Families: Special plates available include Army Active Duty, Army Reserve, Army Veteran, Disabled Veteran, Gold Star Family, National Guard, National Guard Retired, Pearl Harbor Survivor, Ex-Prisoner of War, Purple Heart Veteran, and the Purple Heart Disabled Veteran.
Eligibility - Under MCA 61-3-458, special military or Veteran license plates may be issued to:

  • active military personnel
  • Veterans
  • the surviving Spouse of an eligible Veteran if the Spouse has not remarried, as determined by the military
  • those eligible for a Gold Star Label Button because a Family member died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces

Montana residents who are active members of the regular armed forces, National Guard or reserve armed forces may be issued special license plates according to their branch of service. However, they must surrender the plates to the department when they are no longer eligible.

Additional Montana laws regarding vehicle license plates:

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Fee Waivers for Surviving Spouses: Provided a surviving Spouse of a military Service member has not remarried, the Spouse is entitled to the fee waiver(s) if the deceased Spouse meets any one of the following criteria:

  • was a prisoner of war
  • was a Veteran who had a 100% disability rating, or who was paid at the 100% rate
  • was a Veteran who had at least a 50% disability rating and was awarded the Purple Heart (this excludes the Veterans cemetery fee)
  • was killed while on active duty
  • died of a service-connected injury or disability
    • Necessary documentation - an official letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs, unless the military Service member was killed on active duty, in which case the surviving Spouse needs a letter from the U.S. Department of Defense.

How to Purchase and Renew Military Plates: When purchasing license plates applicant must:

  • Present to the county treasurer's office an official certificate from your unit commander verifying your eligibility and authorizing the department to issue the plates:
    • Department of Defense form 214 (DD-214) or its successor
    • documents showing an other-than-dishonorable discharge
    • re-enlistment documents
  • Pay all applicable vehicle registration fees and any special license plate fees.

Note: When purchasing license plates, registering your vehicle, or renewing vehicle registration, the Veteran designation on a driver license or ID card will not be accepted as proof of eligibility to receive Veteran license plates or exemption from vehicle registration fees. Veterans must continue to provide official documentation confirming eligibility to display Veteran license plates or receive exemption from vehicle registration fees.

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Disabled Veteran License Plate: The Disabled Veteran license plate has no cemetery/ renewal fee, and a $10 production fee. Motorcycle license plates do incur a $10 cemetery fee.

Disabled Veterans may be issued special license plates displaying the letters "DV", which entitle them to disabled parking privilege. Disabled Veterans may be issued up to two sets of DV license plates for their vehicles. Unlike other military license plates, DV plates cannot be transferred to a surviving Spouse.
Eligibility:
Disabled Veterans are entitled to this plate if they:

  • Have been awarded the Purple Heart and have been rated as 50% or more disabled because of a service-connected injury.
    • Necessary documentation - an official letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs stating the disability rating and U.S. Department of Defense form DD-214 verifying receipt of a Purple Heart.

OR

  • Are currently rated 100% disabled or are paid at the 100% disabled rate for a service-connected disability.
    • Necessary documentation - an official letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs stating the disability rating or payment status.

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Gold Star Family License Plate: The Gold Star Family license plate has no cemetery/ renewal fee, and a $10 production fee. Motorcycle license plates do incur a $10 cemetery fee.

U.S. military Family members who are eligible for a Gold Star Lapel Button may be issued special Gold Star Family license plates upon application and after paying all applicable motor vehicle, trailer, semitrailer, or pole trailer registration fees and special license plate fees. Necessary documentation - Complete the State of Montana Application for Gold Star Family License Plate (Form MV57) and provide supporting documentation, DD Form 1300 Report of Casualty or Death Notice.

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Army Active Duty License Plate: The Army Active Duty license plate has no cemetery/ renewal fee, and a $10 production fee. Motorcycle license plates do incur a $10 cemetery fee.

Army Reserve License Plate: The Army Reserve license plate has no cemetery/ renewal fee, and a $10 production fee. Motorcycle license plates do incur a $10 cemetery fee.

Army Veteran License Plate: The Army Veteran license plate has a $10 cemetery/ renewal fee, and a $10 production fee. Motorcycle license plates do incur a $10 cemetery fee.

Ex-Prisoner of War License Plate: The Ex-Prisoner of War license plate has no cemetery/ renewal fee, and a $10 production fee. Motorcycle license plates do incur a $10 cemetery fee.

National Guard License Plate: The National Guard license plate has no cemetery/ renewal fee, and a $10 production fee. Motorcycle license plates do incur a $10 cemetery fee.

Retired National Guard License Plate: The Retired National Guard license plate has a $10 cemetery/ renewal fee, and a $10 production fee. Motorcycle license plates also incur a $10 cemetery fee.

Pearl Harbor Survivor License Plate: The Pearl Harbor Survivor license plate has a $10 cemetery/ renewal fee, and a $10 production fee. Motorcycle license plates also incur a $10 cemetery fee.

Purple Heart Disabled Veteran License Plate: The Purple Heart Disabled Veteran license plate has a $10 cemetery/ renewal fee, and a $10 production fee. Motorcycle license plates also incur a $10 cemetery fee.
To apply for a "Purple Heart Disabled Veteran" plate, you will need to:

  1. Provide a letter from the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs stating that you are rated 50% or more disabled
  2. Provide U.S. Department of Defense form DD-214 verifying receipt of a Purple Heart

Purple Heart License Plate: The Purple Heart license plate has a $10 cemetery/ renewal fee (unless disability rating is 50% or more), and a $10 production fee. Motorcycle license plates also incur a $10 cemetery fee.

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Application for Military Vehicle Registration: A Montana resident who entered active military duty from Montana, including a National Guard or Reserve member, and who is stationed outside Montana, may register a motor vehicle that he or she owns and operates without paying certain light vehicle registration fees, fees in lieu of property tax and county option taxes as otherwise required (other taxes and fees may be due). Application

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Military Service members: Non-resident military personnel stationed in Montana may register their vehicles in their home jurisdictions or in Montana, unless they are gainfully employed in Montana outside of their military duties. If they are gainfully employed outside those duties, they must title and register their vehicles in Montana.

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Veteran Designation: Montana law lets a qualified Veteran add the word VETERAN to the front of their driver license or identification (ID) card. This designation not only recognizes your service; it may also help you qualify for Veteran discounts offered by some businesses.

To apply for this designation, complete and submit Application to Add Veteran Designation to Driver License or ID Card (form 21-3000). This application explains the two steps needed to have VETERAN printed on your license or ID card.

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License Expiration Exemption: Active duty Service members may apply for a military driver license exemption. This exemption renders your license valid up to 30 days after honorable discharge, regardless of the expiration date printed on the license. Exemptions are indicated by having a 30 day exemption notice printed on the back of the license. Service members may also have "9999" printed on the front of their license in place of an expiration date. Family members who are stationed with Service members are not eligible for a license expiration exemption; however, they are eligible for up to 2 consecutive mail-in renewals or license replacement by mail.

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Motorcycle Endorsement: Active duty Service members stationed outside of Montana may apply to have a motorcycle endorsement added to their driver license without completing a road skills test at a Montana exam station if they satisfy the requirements outlined below.

To apply for a motorcycle endorsement, you will need to:

  • Contact Program Specialist Tara Kloker
  • Submit a skills waiver form certifying completion of a "Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic Rider Course"
  • Pass the Montana motorcycle written test under the supervision of an approved test proctor

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Military Waiver for CDL: Service members currently licensed and who are or were employed in the past year in a military position requiring the operation of a military motor vehicle equivalent to a commercial motor vehicle may apply for a skills test waiver for their commercial driver license (CDL). Written tests cannot be waived.

To apply for a military skills test waiver, you will need to:

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All forms and manuals related to licenses can be found here

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Health and Insurance Benefits:

Group Insurance: Veterans Affairs Life Insurance: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides valuable life insurance benefits to Veterans, Active and Reserve Component Service members and their Families to provide financial security given the extraordinary risks involved in military Service. The VA provides the following life insurance benefit programs:

  • Service Member's Group Life Insurance (SGLI)
  • Veterans Group Life Insurance (VGLI)
  • Family Members Group Life Insurance (FSGLI)
  • Service Members Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Projection (TSGLI)
  • Service-Disabled Veterans Life Insurance (S-DVI)
  • Veterans Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI)

Health Insurance: TRICARE Reserve Select is a premium-based plan, available worldwide for Selected Reserve, (Reserve and National Guard) and their Families who meet the following qualifications:

  • Not on active duty orders
  • Not covered under the Transitional Assistance Management Program
  • Not eligible for or enrolled in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program or currently covered under FEHB, either under their own eligibility or through a Family member.

The plan provides comprehensive health care coverage when you're not activated and covered by active duty TRICARE benefits.

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Workers Compensation: Workers Compensation equivalent to State employees.
Eligibility: Injury occurs while serving on State Active Duty.

Injury/Death Benefits: Workers Compensation equivalent to State employees less any VA payments received.
Eligibility: Injury/Death occurs while serving on State Active Duty.

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Parks and Recreation Benefits:

Resident with a Disability Conservation License: This license allows disabled Montana residents to obtain a Conservation License for $8. Allows for the purchase of a General Deer, a General Elk, Fishing, Upland Game Bird and Migratory licenses at half cost. Application

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Permit to Modify Archery Equipment: This permit allows a person with a disability to use modified archery tackle that supports the bow, and draws, holds, and releases the string to accommodate the individual's disability. The permit holder must have a companion to assist in aspects of the hunt. The companion may also assist the permit holder by hunting (by the legal use of archery equipment only) a game animal that has been wounded by the permit holder when the hunter with a disability is unable to pursue and kill the wounded animal. Crossbows may not be used during archery season. Application

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Permit to Hunt from a Vehicle: This permit authorizes the permit-holder to hunt from a vehicle wherever vehicular traffic is allowed and permission to hunt is authorized. The permit holder must be accompanied by a companion who is able to assist in immediately dispatching, field dressing and retrieving any game animal wounded or killed. This permit DOES NOT provide any automatic waiver or exemption from travel restrictions imposed by a private landowner or land management agency. Application

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Resident Lifetime Fishing License for the Blind: A Montana resident who is blind can purchase a lifetime fishing license for $10. The application for this license is available from FWP and requires medical certification. A Conservation License is not a prerequisite for this license. Application

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State Parks Biennial Fee Rule: The State Parks Biennial Fee Rule, Section VIII, provides for disabled residents to receive a 50% discount on camping fees.  Montana State Parks Biennial Fee Rule.

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Miscellaneous Benefits:

Veterans' Clubhouse Exemption -- Incompetent Veterans' Trusts: A clubhouse or building erected by or belonging to any society or organization of honorably discharged United States military personnel that is used primarily for educational, fraternal, benevolent, or purely public charitable purposes rather than for gain or profit, together with the personal property necessarily used in the building, is exempt from taxation. The exemption provided for in this section applies even if a business, intended primarily for the use of the members, is required to be open to the public and is operated in a portion of the building.

All property, real or personal, in the possession of legal guardians of incompetent Veterans of U.S. military service or minor dependents of the Veterans, when the property is funded or derived from funds received from the United States as pension, compensation, insurance, adjusted compensation, or gratuity, is exempt from all taxation as property of the United States while held by the guardian, but not after title passes to the Veteran or minor in the minor's own right on account of removal of legal disability. (Montana Code15-6-203)

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State Veteran's Homes:

Columbia Falls Montana Veterans' Home: Is a Medicare/Medicaid and Veterans' Administration certified facility with 105 intermediate/skilled-care beds and 12 domiciliary beds. The nursing facility includes a 15-bed Alzheimer's unit. MVH has been providing services to Veterans since 1896.
Eligibility: Admission to MVH nursing program is for honorably discharged Veterans who have served in the armed forces of the United States and who qualify for skilled/intermediate nursing care or domiciliary self-care living. Spouses of Veterans will be admitted on a space-available basis. A Veteran and Spouse may be admitted together if they both qualify for nursing-home care or domiciliary living.

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Eastern Montana Veterans' Home (EMVH): Located in Glendive is an 80-bed intermediate/skilled-care facility including a 16-bed Special Care Unit. The facility has certification from the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services and the Veterans' Administration. The facility opened its doors for admission in July 1995. EMVH was built by the state of Montana with the assistance of the Federal Veterans' Administration and is managed by Glendive Medical Center.
Eligibility:
To be eligible for residence at EMVH, a person must be an honorably discharged Veteran, the Spouse or surviving Spouse of a Veteran who served in the armed forces of the United States.

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State Veterans' Cemeteries: There are three Veteran's cemeteries located in Montana. Montana State Veterans Cemetery located at Fort William Henry Harrison, Helena, Western Montana State Veterans Cemetery located in Missoula, and the Eastern Montana State Veterans Cemetery located in Miles City.

The next of kin or the Family's funeral director of choice can make arrangements directly with the cemetery. Before burial can take place, cemetery staff must verify the Veteran's eligibility. To enable the staff to do this, the next of kin or funeral director must provide the cemetery staff with a copy of the Veteran's discharge papers; or the Veteran's service, social security or VA claim numbers.

Eligibility: Any Veteran with an "Honorable or "Under Honorable Conditions" discharge is eligible for interment in one of Montana's state Veterans cemeteries. To confirm your eligibility for burial benefits, contact a Veterans service officer (see back of pamphlet). A copy of the discharge form, (DD Form-214) is necessary to determine this eligibility.

Spouses and minor Children under the age of 21 are also entitled to burial in the state Veterans cemetery, as long as the Veteran has been or will also be buried in the same cemetery. If the Spouse is a Veteran, he/she is entitled to his/her own plot and headstone. This is the only time plot reservations are made, and enable the Veteran husband and wife to be side by side.

Veterans are entitled to a government provided headstone for the gravesite, whether it is in the state Veterans cemetery or in a private cemetery. Certain basic information will be inscribed on the headstone or marker at government expense, such as the name of the deceased, years of birth and death, and branch of service. Optional items that may also be included at government expense are military service component, rank, period of war service, religious emblem, valor awards received, and the Purple Heart. The government also provides a headstone for the Spouse if they are laid to rest in a state Veterans cemetery where their Spouse, the Veteran, is already buried or will be buried upon demise. The government does not provide a headstone for the Spouse in a private cemetery.

There is no charge for the plot in a state Veterans cemetery; nor is there a charge for the opening and closing of the grave for the Veteran. Should the Spouse pass away before the Veteran or after the Veteran has been buried in the state cemetery, they may also be interned with the Veteran, however, the Family would be responsible for a $500 opening and closing charge. The headstone will be updated when both Veteran and Spouse are deceased, it will include both names. Click here for the State of Montana Veterans Cemetery Program brochure.

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Military Installations in Montana

Please see the Montana Resource Locator for additional information

Army:
No active duty Army installations are located in Montana.

Air Force:
Malstrom Air Force Base

National Guard:
Montana Army National Guard

Montana Air National Guard

120th Fighter Wing

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

Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Facilities in Montana

Veterans Health Administration
VA Health Care System
Fort Harrison: VA Montana Health Care System, 3687 Veterans Dr, 877-468-8387 / 406-442-6410

Outpatient Clinic
Hamilton: Hamilton Primary Care Telehealth Outreach Clinic, 299 Fairgrounds Rd Suite A, 406-363-3352 / Fax: 406-363-7522
Havre: VA Montana Health Care System, Havre CBOC, 130 13th St, Suite 1, 406-265-4304 / Fax: 406-265-4305

Helena: Helena VA Sleep Clinic, 2271 Deer Field Ln, 406-447-7443 / Fax: 406-449-1364
Libby: Libby Rural Health Clinic, 211 E. Second St, 406-293-8711 / Fax: 406-293-8735
Plentywood: Plentywood Primary Care Telehealth Outreach Clinic, 440 West Laurel Ave, 406-765-3718

Community Based Outpatient Clinics
Anaconda: Anaconda VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 118 E. 7th St, Suite 2A, 406-496-3000 / Fax: 406-496-3030
Billings: Billings VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic with Specialty Clinic, 1775 Spring Creek Lane; Specialty Clinic: 1766 Majestic Lane, 406-373-3500 / Fax: 406-373-3520
Bozeman: Bozeman VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 300 N. Wilson, Suite 703G, 406-582-5300 / 406-582-5399
Cut Bank: Cut Bank VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic, #8 2nd Ave SE, 406-873-9047 / Fax: 406-873-2439
Glasgow: Glasgow VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 630 Second Ave South, Suite A, 406-228-4101 / Fax: 406-228-4104
Glendive: Glendive VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 2000 Montana Ave, 406-377-4755 / Fax: 406-377-4757
Great Falls: Great Falls VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 1417 9th St South, Suite 200 and 300, 406-791-3200 / Fax: 406-791-3230
Kalispell: Kalispell VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 31 Three Mile Dr, Suite 102, 406-758-2700 / Fax: 406-758-2750
Lewistown: Lewistown VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 629 NE Main St, Suite 1, 406-535-4790 / Fax: 406-535-4793
Miles City: Miles City VA Community Based Outreach Clinic / Nursing Home, 210 S. Winchester, 406-874-5600 / Fax: 406-874-5696
Missoula: Missoula VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 2687 Palmer St, Suite C, 406-493-3700 / Fax: 406-493-3772

Vet Center - 877-927-8387
Billings: Billings Vet Center, 2795 Enterprise Ave, Suite 1, 406-657-6071 / Fax: 406-657-6603
Great Falls: Great Falls Vet Center, 615 2nd Ave North, 406-452-9048 / Fax: 406-452-9053
Kalispell: Kalispell Vet Center, 690 North Meridian Rd, Suite 101, 406-257-7308 / Fax: 406-257-7312
Missoula: Missoula Vet Center, 910 Brooks St, Suite 202, 406-721-4918 / Fax: 406-329-3006

Veterans Benefits Administration
Regional Office
Fort Harrison: Fort Harrison Regional Office, 3633 Veterans Dr, 800-827-1000
Billings: Fort Harrison RO Satellite Office, 2345 King Ave West, 800-827-1000

Intake Site (Pre-Discharge Claims Assistance)
Fort Harrison: Malmstrom Air Force Base, VA Regional Office, 3633 Veterans Dr

National Cemetery Administration
National Cemetery
Laurel: Yellowstone National Cemetery, 55 Buffalo Trail Rd, 406-647-2746

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Resources

http://dphhs.mt.gov/ 

http://montanadma.org/

https://www.va.gov/directory/guide/state.asp?State=MT&dnum=ALL 

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

http://www.mus.edu/borpol/bor900/940-13.pdf 

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

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

https://dojmt.gov/driving/license-plates/#militaryplates

https://dojmt.gov/driving/plate-designs-and-fees/military/ 

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Document Review Date: 14 February 2017