State / Territory Benefits - Nebraska

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Summary: Nebraska offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including Veterans Emergency Assistance, Nebraska Homestead Exemption, Nebraska State Tuition Waiver, Dependents of POW/MIA, or Deceased Veterans' Special Vehicle License Plates, as well as Hunting and Fishing licenses. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component, and Veteran disability status.

State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

 

State Taxes:

Retired Military Pay: (NRS §77-2716) Beginning in tax year 2015, individuals who retire after July 18, 2014 may make a one-time election within two years after the date of their retirement to exclude a portion of their retirement income. One of two elections may be made:

  • The individual may elect to exclude 40% of their military retirement income for seven consecutive taxable years beginning with the year in which the election is made; OR

  • The individual may elect to exclude 15% of their military retirement income for all taxable years beginning with the year in which they turn 67 years of age.

All retirement income after the 40% election or before the 15% election is treated as fully taxable income.

Once an election is made, it cannot be changed.

*Note: An individual who retired from the U.S. Armed Forces before July 1, 2012 or who fails to make the election within two years of his/her retirement date is NOT eligible for the exclusion.

National Guard and Reserve Service members: Individuals who retire from the uniformed services of the U.S., but do not begin receiving military retirement benefits immediately upon retirement, still must make the election to exclude a portion of his or her military retirement benefits within two years after his or her retirement date.

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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: Not subject to federal or state taxes.

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

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Nebraska Homestead Exemption: (NRS §77-3506 thru 77-3059) A homestead exemption provides relief from property taxes by exempting all or a portion of the valuation of the homestead from taxation. The maximum exemption is the taxable value of the homestead up to $40,000 or 100 percent of the county's average assessed value of single-Family residential property, whichever is greater. The homestead maximum value is $95,000 or 200 percent of the county's average assessed value of single-Family residential property, whichever is greater. The exempt value will be reduced by ten percent for each $2,500 the assessed value exceeds the maximum value. If the assessed valuation exceeds the maximum value by $20,000 or more the homestead is not eligible for exemption.
Eligibility: Wartime Veteran and Service member shall mean a person who had been on active duty in the armed forces of the U.S., or a citizen of the U.S. at the time of service with military forces of a government allied with the U.S., during the following dates:

  • December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946;

  • June 25, 1950 to January 31, 1955

  • February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975(in the Republic of Vietnam);

  • August 5, 1964 to May 7, 1975;

  • August 25, 1982 to February 26, 1984;

  • December 20, 1989 to January 31, 1990;

  • Persian Gulf War beginning August 2, 1990; and

  • Global War on Terror beginning September 14, 2001.

A Veteran must have received an honorable discharge or general discharge under honorable conditions.

There are three categories of Veterans' exemptions: 1) A wartime Veteran drawing compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs because of a 100% disability that was service-connected 2) A wartime Veteran totally disabled by a non-service connected illness of accident and 3) a Veteran whose home is substantially contributed to by the Department of Veterans Affairs. This homestead is 100% exempt regardless of homestead value and income level. The Form 458 must be filed between February 1 and June 30 of each year in order to be exempt for the assessment year. A homestead exemption is also available to the un-remarried surviving Spouse.

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Education Benefits:

Residency for Tuition Purposes: (NRS §85-502.01) Veterans, eligible Spouses, and dependents may qualify as a resident student for tuition purposes.
Eligibility: The following criteria must be met:

  • The Veteran must have been discharged from a period of not fewer than ninety days of active military service before the date of initial enrollment.

  • The Veteran, Spouse or Child (if of voting age) must be registered to vote in Nebraska and demonstrate objective evidence of intent for residency (i.e., Nebraska driver license or vehicle registration).

  • Spouses or dependents of an eligible Veteran, or an eligible recipient entitled to educational assistance of such Veteran.

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Waiver of Tuition Program: (NRS §80-411) The University of Nebraska, the Nebraska State College System, and the Nebraska Community College System participate in a waiver of tuition program that will provide a credit of 100% of tuition charges and tuition-related fees (books are NOT covered) for Spouses & Children of eligible Veterans.
Eligibility:
The waiver of Tuition is available to eligible dependents of Veterans who:

  • are rated permanently and totally disabled as a result of military service; or

  • have died of a service connected disability; or

  • have died subsequent to discharge as a result of injury or illness sustained while a member of the armed forces; or

  • have been classified as missing in action or a prisoner of war during armed hostilities while a member of the armed forces.

A dependent is a Spouse or un-remarried Widow(er), Child, step-Child, or adopted Child of an eligible Veteran. The dependent must be a Nebraska resident & enrolled in one of the approved institutions, meeting residency requirements for in-state tuition.  

The waiver is valid for ONE degree, diploma, or certificate from a community college; and ONE baccalaureate degree from the university or a state college. Receipt of the degree, diploma, or certificate shall precede receipt of such baccalaureate degree. Waiver of Tuition is not available for master's, doctoral, or professional degrees.

A Child dependent's eligibility will cease at the age of 26. The only exception is if the Child dependent served on active duty with the armed forces after their 18th birthday, but before their 26th birthday. If this is the case, the student's eligibility for waiver will end 5 years after their 1st discharge from active duty, but shall not exceed beyond their 31st birthday.

Application Instructions: As required by state law, applications must be submitted through a County Veterans' Service Office. Applications must be submitted in time for proper processing and certification prior to the beginning of any school term. The NE Department of Veterans' Affairs cannot be held responsible for any delay not attributable to their processing of the application.

A new Waiver of Tuition application will need to be submitted if the applicant:

  • Has never applied for a waiver of tuition before

  • Changes schools

  • Does not attend a term other than the summer term, or

  • Takes additional classes at another school.

The following documents will need to be submitted with a new application:

  • Veteran's discharge certificate (DD214)

  • Copy of a certified birth certificate on file with Vital Statistics or a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (for a Child applicant). Memorabilia birth certificates will not be accepted.

  • Copy of a Marriage Certificate on file with Vital Statistics (NOTE: If the applicant is a step-Child, or if the Veteran's Child-dependent is married, this document is also required along with the birth certificate for proof of name change).

Please click the 'Learn more' link for a list of approved institutions. A list of school contacts may be found here.

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Reservist Tuition Credit Program: (NRS §§80-901-80-903) Any Nebraska resident who is an enlisted member of a Nebraska-based unit of the Active Selected Reserve of the armed forces of the United States who meets the following requirements and who enrolls, on or after July 10, 1976, in any state-supported university or college, including any community college, shall be entitled to a credit of fifty percent of the tuition charges of such university or college. Such entitlement shall be continuous so long as the member maintains satisfactory service in the Active Selected Reserve and pursues his course of study in a manner that satisfies the normal requirements of the university or college.
Eligibility: To be eligible, you must meet the following requirements:

  • A current Nebraska resident (meets definition in NRS §85-502.01)

  • An Enlisted member of a Nebraska-based Active Selected Reserve Unit

  • Have a minimum of 2 years remaining on your enlistment (ETS) at the beginning of each school term

  • Have agreed to serve a minimum of 3 years in the reserves

  • Should not have completed your 10th year of total service in the armed forces

  • Pursuing a course of study leading to a degree or certificate (the credit will end upon completion of the degree or program of study)

Application Instructions: For first-time applicants, recipients who are changing schools or recipients who have missed a term other than the summer term, a new application packet will be required (please click here for complete instructions). The Reserve Unit will assist in filling out the application with the Reservist. If a recipient has been approved for Reservist Tuition Credit and is starting a new term at school, a Re-certification Form will have to be completed.

*Note: This program is limited to 200 NEW applications per calendar year.

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Operation Recognition: Operation Recognition awards Honorary High School Diplomas to eligible WWII and Korean War Veterans who were attending a Nebraska High School but left to serve their country and did not graduate after their release from service.
Eligibility:

  • Honorably Discharged

  • World War II Qualifying Dates of Active Service: 9/16/1940 - 12/31/1946

  • Korean War Qualifying Dates of Active Service: 6/25/1950 - 1/31/1955

  • Veterans currently living out of state are eligible if they are a former Nebraska resident.

Application Instructions: Applicants must submit a completed Operation Recognition Application, along with a copy of the Veteran's discharge papers, to:

Nebraska Department of Veterans' Affairs
ATTN: Operation Recognition
PO Box 95083
Lincoln, NE 68509

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Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children: (NRS §79-2201) 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. Scott Swisher, Nebraska MIC3 Commissioner
Deputy Commissioner Nebraska Department of Education
Address: 301 Centennial Mall South, P.O. Box 94987, Lincoln, NE 68509
Email: scott.swisher@nebraska.gov
Phone: 402-471-4884

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Employment Benefits:

Veterans Hiring Preferences: 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.

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State Veterans Preference: (NRS §48-227) Veterans who obtain passing scores on all parts or phases of an examination or numerical scoring shall have five percent added to their passing score if a claim for preference is made on the application. An additional five percent score shall be added for a disabled Veteran. When no examination or numerical scoring is used, the preference shall be given to the qualified Veteran if two or more equally qualified candidates are considered for the position. Disabled Veterans will take priority over a non-disabled Veteran in the same situation.

*Note: Spouses of Veterans who are permanently and totally disabled are also eligible to receive preference.

Eligibility: A DD214, DD Form 2, DD Form 2A, or other documentation indicating military service and an honorable discharge (or discharge under honorable conditions) must accompany the application. The time of service must exceed 180 days, unless the Veteran was discharged for a service-connected disability. For a disabled Veteran (or Spouse of a disabled Veteran), a disability award letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs must also accompany the application. A certificate of marriage also must accompany the application if a Spouse of a disabled Veteran is the applicant.

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Military Leave: (NRS §55-160) State Political Subdivision employees receive 15-work days of military leave per year.
Eligibility: State employee on orders for Unit Training or active duty.

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Compensation for State Active Duty Pay and Allowances: (NRS §55-157) Pay and Allowances, travel, lodging and other expenses paid by state.
Eligibility: National Guard Service member on state active duty.

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Unemployment Benefits:

Unemployment Compensation: The Unemployment Insurance Benefits Division of the Nebraska Department of Labor is responsible for the administration of benefits and compensation for workers who have lost employment due to no fault of their own.

Eligibility: Workers who have lost employment due to no fault of their own are encouraged to apply for benefits. Applicants must first register in NEWorks and complete a personal profile, an online resume, and finally, the claim for benefits. By law, registration is required in order to receive unemployment insurance benefits, even if the applicant has a recall date with a particular employer or is a member of a union with a hiring hall. All claimants must register and complete an online resume. For a step-by-step guide to filing a claim, please click here.

Following the submission of the initial claim, all applications will be adjudicated and the appropriate amount of unemployment benefit payments started. Applicants must file a weekly claim for benefits and maintain a weekly work search log in order to continue receiving benefits.

For more information, please call the NE Claims Center at 402-458-2500.

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Veterans' Employment and Training Assistance: One-Stop Career Centers provides Nebraska Veterans seeking employment assistance access to training, referrals, career counseling, job listings & referrals, and referrals to other supportive and training resources. The Career Centers include Local Veterans' Employment Representatives (LVERs) and Disabled Veterans' Outreach Program (DVOP) specialists.
Eligibility: The following are eligible for assistance:

  • Veterans who served in the active military, naval, or air service and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable; and.

  • Eligible Spouses of those Veterans who have total service-connected disabilities or who died as a result of service-connected disabilities.

Veterans and eligible Spouses who meet all the eligibility requirements are to receive access to programs and/or services either earlier in time or instead of persons who are ineligible for priority of service.

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Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Benefits:

Disabled Veteran Motor Vehicle Tax Exemption: Available for one motor vehicle owned and used for his or her personal transportation by a disabled or blind Veteran of the United States Armed Forces.
Eligibility: The Veteran must have lost the use of or has undergone amputation of two or more extremities, or has undergone amputation of one or more extremities and has lost the use of one or more extremities. Blind Veterans are defined as someone whose sight is so impaired as to seriously limit his/her liability to engage in ordinary activities. The Veteran must have been discharged or otherwise separated with a characterization of honorable or general (under honorable conditions).

Those who qualify are encouraged to contact their County Treasurer for more information and to begin the application process.

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Early Renewal of Driver's License: Nebraska licensed drivers, 21 years and older, who know they will be out of the state during their renewal period, may apply for renewal of their license (operator's or commercial) prior to leaving the state. They may be asked to provide proof that they will not be in the state during their renewal period (i.e. military orders), and all standard testing requirements would be followed for their renewal. Contact the Driver Licensing Service main office at (402) 471-3861 for more details.

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Military Exemption of Driver's License: (NRS §60-4,121) There are special driver's licensing rules if you are on active duty in the military and stationed outside of Nebraska. These rules also apply to Family members of active duty military personnel. If your driver's license was valid on or after August 27, 1971, your driver's license is valid while you are on active duty and for 60 days following discharge or your return to Nebraska, whichever is later. If you are a Family member, the person in the military must hold a valid Nebraska license for you to qualify for the military exemption.

Those who qualify may request a Form 07-08 from the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles. This form is a small card that is attached to the driver's license. To request a Form 07-08, the following documents are required to be sent to the Department:

  • A signed and dated request with current address indicated

  • A readable photocopy of the Nebraska driver's license

  • A copy of current military orders.

The documents must be sent to the following address:
Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles
ATTN: Military Exemption
PO Box 94789
Lincoln, NE 68509-4789

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Military Out-of-State Renewal of Driver License: There are special driver's licensing rules for Service members who are stationed outside of Nebraska as well as renewing in person upon return to Nebraska. These rules also apply to Families of active-duty personnel.

How to Renew: To make application, you will be required to complete a DMV Operators License Out of State Renewal data form, complete vision testing requirements, and include a copy of your valid Nebraska driver's license or Nebraska approved identification as well as two forms of address verification. Applicants must also include one of the following: a) copy of your current orders, b) copy of your leave papers, c) copy of your discharge papers, valid for 60 days after discharge, or d) military ID card. Please include your out of state address, telephone number and/or fax number.

Mail this information to:

Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles
PO Box 94726
Lincoln, NE 68509

The packet may also be faxed to 402-471-4020.

Once the application packet is received and processed, an issuance certificate will then be sent to you. You will be required to sign it, attach the appropriate fee and return it to the Lincoln office. Once payment is received, your 30 day Temporary Driving Receipt will be mailed to the address you have provided. Within 10-14 business days, your Nebraska driver's license will be mailed to the address you have provided. NOTE: If your driver's license has previously been renewed while out of state and does not have an updated photo, no further out of state renewals will be allowed until you have appeared at a driver licensing office in Nebraska and updated your photo.
You will be required to prove Nebraska residency, even if stationed outside of Nebraska. If you no longer have a physical Nebraska resident address, you will need to provide a current LES statement showing taxes paid to Nebraska and then two proofs of resident address for the state you are now residing in, or APO/FPO address.

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"Veteran" Designation on Driver License: (NRS §80-414) Qualifying Veterans may have a Veteran designation displayed on their Nebraska driver license, commercial driver license or ID card.
Eligibility: Veterans must first apply to the Nebraska Department of Veterans' Affairs Military and Veteran's Registry. Once in the Registry, Veterans may apply for a Veteran designation; they are encouraged to do so at www.CLICKDMV.Nebraska.gov, or at any driver licensing office. There is no additional fee to add the Veteran designation; however, standard renewal or replacement document fees apply.

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Handicapped Parking Permits: (NRS §60-3,113.03) Available at no charge to all individuals who qualify. To qualify, the applicant must have a certified medical condition that limits personal mobility resulting in the applicant's inability to travel more than two hundred feet without assistance such as a wheel chair, crutch, walker, prosthetic, or other device.

The definition of a certifiable medical condition is:

  • Severe visual or physical impairment;

  • Severe respiratory problems;

  • Class III or Class IV cardiac condition;

  • Loss of all or substantially all the use of one or more limbs.

A permanent permit is blue in color and indicates the permit holder has a permanent medical condition. A permanent permit must be renewed every six (6) years. All permanent permits expire on the last day of the month of the applicant's birthday in the sixth (6th) year of issuance.

A temporary permit is red in color and is valid for three (3) or six (6) months as determined the medical professional certifying the applicant's medical condition. If after the initial period has expired the temporary condition still exists, a temporary permit may be renewed one time for an additional three (3) or six (6) month period. If the condition remains after the temporary permit has been renewed, the individual must apply for a permanent permit.

Each handicapped individual is allowed two (2) permits. Handicapped individuals may also obtain Handicapped License plates for their vehicle in addition to their permit(s).

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Military Honor License Plates: (NRS §60-3,122.04) Beginning January 2, 2016, Military Honor license plates will be available in lieu of regular county plates for persons who served, or are currently serving on active duty, in the Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, National Guard, or Navy.
Eligibility: To request Military Honor license plates, the applicant must be eligible for AND enrolled in the Nebraska Veterans' Registry through the Nebraska Department of Veterans' Affairs. Also, the applicant must be currently serving on active duty in the specific branch for which the plate is requested, or have been discharged under honorable or general with honorable conditions from the requested branch.

There is no limit to the number of vehicles or trailers owned or leased by the applicant that may be licensed with a Military Honor license plate. Separate application processes are required for each plate requested. For numbered plates, there will be an additional $5.00 fee; for personalized plates, there will be an additional $40.00 fee. The fee is due at the time of application, and must be renewed annually in the same month as the vehicle registration.

Applications and online ordering for Military Honor plates will be available in December, 2015. Questions regarding Military Honor license plates may be addressed by email or by contacting the DMV at 402-471-3918.

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Purple Heart License Plate: (NRS §60-3,125) Issued to any resident of Nebraska who is a recipient of the Purple Heart Award. Application must be accompanied by verification that the applicant has been awarded the Purple Heart by the Federal Government. Acceptable verification is discharge papers listing the applicant as a recipient of the award or written notification of the award from Veteran's Affairs.

There is no limit to the number of motor vehicles or trailers owned or leased by the applicant that may be licensed with a Purple Heart plate. A separate application must be submitted for each Purple Heart License Plate requested. Purple Heart License Plates are issued in lieu of regular plates and may be placed on motor vehicles, motorcycles, trailers, semitrailers and cabin trailers. Commercial and farm plated vehicles must be registered for 10 tons or less and must display a tonnage sticker. Fee is $5.00 in addition to all other applicable and registration fees and taxes. Plates are renewed annually.

*Note: Purple Heart license plates do not allow the registered owner to park in spaces designated for handicapped parking. To use a space designated for handicapped parking, a Handicapped License Plate or Permit is required.  

A completed Purple Heart Plate Application including supporting documents should be mailed to:

Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles
Driver and Vehicle Records Division
PO Box 94789
Lincoln, NE 68509-4789

Once the application has been processed, the applicant will receive notification from the Department of Motor Vehicles advising them of the date their plate(s) will be available at their County Treasurer's office to be registered to their vehicle.

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Ex-Prisoner of War (Ex-POW) License Plate: (NRS §60-3,123) Issued to any resident of Nebraska who has been honorably discharged or who is currently serving in the United States Armed Forces and was captured and incarcerated by an enemy of the United States during a period of conflict with that enemy. A letter from the Veterans Administration verifying the applicant was a prisoner of war must accompany the application. Only one motor vehicle owned by the applicant may be licensed with EX-POW plates at any one time. Vehicles registered with Ex-Prisoner of War plates cannot be used for the transportation of persons or property for hire. Commercial and farm plated vehicles must be registered for 10 tons or less and must display a tonnage sticker. Ex-POW plates are also available for motorcycles. Fee is $5.00 in addition to all other applicable registration fees and taxes. Plates are renewed annually.

*Note: Ex-POW license plates do not allow the registered owner to park in spaces designated for handicapped parking. To use a space designated for handicapped parking, a Handicapped License Plate or Permit is required.

A completed Ex-Prisoner of War Plate Application including supporting documents should be mailed to:

Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles
Driver and Vehicle Records Division
PO Box 94789
Lincoln, NE 68509-4789

Once the application has been processed, the applicant will receive notification from the Department of Motor Vehicles advising them of the date their plate(s) will be available at their County Treasurer's office to be registered to their vehicle.

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Pearl Harbor Survivor: (NRS §60-3,122) Issued to any resident of Nebraska who was honorably discharged and was a member of the United States Armed Forces on December 7, 1941 and on station, not to exceed a distance of three miles from shore, during the hours of 7:55 am to 9:45 am, Hawaiian time at Pearl Harbor. Initial application must be approved by the Nebraska Chapter of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association and annually thereafter as verification of continued active membership in the Association. Only one motor vehicle owned by the applicant may be licensed with a Pearl Harbor Survivor plate at any one time. Vehicles registered with Pearl Harbor Survivor plates cannot be used for the transportation of persons or property for hire. Commercial and farm plated vehicles must be registered for 10 tons or less and must display a tonnage sticker. Fee is $5.00 in addition to all other applicable registration fees and taxes. Plates are renewed annually.

*Note: Ex-POW license plates do not allow the registered owner to park in spaces designated for handicapped parking. To use a space designated for handicapped parking, a Handicapped License Plate or Permit is required.

A completed Pearl Harbor Survivor License Plate Application including supporting documents should be mailed to:

Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles
Driver and Vehicle Records Division
PO Box 94789
Lincoln, NE 68509-4789

Once the application has been processed, the applicant will receive notification from the Department of Motor Vehicles advising them of the date their plate(s) will be available at their County Treasurer's office to be registered to their vehicle.

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Disabled Veteran License Plate (DAV): (NRS §60-3,124) Issued to any resident of Nebraska who is an honorably discharged Veteran of the United States Armed Forces and classified by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs with a disability that is 100% service-connected. Written verification from the Department of Veterans Affairs of applicant's disabled status must accompany application. These plates do not allow for parking in a space specifically designated for handicapped parking. Only one motor vehicle owned by the applicant may be licensed with DAV plates at any one time. Vehicles registered with Disabled American Veteran plates cannot be used for the transportation of persons or property for hire. DAV plates are also available for motorcycles. Fee is $5.00 in addition to all other applicable registration fees and taxes. Plates are renewed annually.

*Note: Ex-POW license plates do not allow the registered owner to park in spaces designated for handicapped parking. To use a space designated for handicapped parking, a Handicapped License Plate or Permit is required.

A completed Disabled American Veteran License Plate Application including supporting documents should be mailed to:

Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles
Driver and Vehicle Records Division
PO Box 94789
Lincoln, NE 68509-4789

Once the application has been processed, the applicant will receive notification from the Department of Motor Vehicles advising them of the date their plate(s) will be available at their County Treasurer's office to be registered to their vehicle.

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Gold Star Family License Plates: (NRS §60-3,122.01) Gold Star Family license plates are available to Families of persons who have died while in good standing on active duty in the military service of the United States.
Eligibility: To be eligible for Gold Star Family plates, the applicant must be:

  • A surviving Spouse, remarried or not,

  • An ancestor, including a step-Parent,

  • A descendant, including a step-Child,

  • A foster Parent or a person in loco parentis, or

  • A sibling.

There is no limit to the number of vehicles owned by an eligible Family member that may be registered with Gold Star plates.

For numbered plates, there will be an additional $5.00 fee; for personalized plates, there will be an additional $40.00 fee (maximum of 5 alphanumeric characters allowed, no special symbols are allowed such as dashes, periods, apostrophes, etc.). The fee is due at the time of application, and must be renewed annually in the same month as the vehicle registration.

To Complete a Gold Star Family License Plate Application, a Nebraska Certificate of Title must first be in the applicant's name for the intended vehicle. If the vehicle is leased your leasing company must have a Nebraska Certificate of Title in their name on the vehicle. Applicants who are non-resident military must submit a copy of the vehicle's registration and your name must appear on that registration. The most common reason for an application to be rejected is the applicant has not obtained the appropriate Nebraska title or included appropriate proof of lease or non-resident military ownership.

Applications must be signed and dated in the space indicated, and sent (along with the appropriate fee) to:

Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles
Driver and Vehicle Records Division
301 Centennial Mall South
PO Box 94789
Lincoln, NE 68509-4789

Once the application has been processed and approved, a letter will be sent to the applicant by U.S. Postal Service first-class mail. The approval letter will indicate the approved message or number assigned, the date the plates will be available at your County Treasurer's office for the applicant to register his/her vehicle, and the appropriate phone numbers for confirmation. Current plates must be surrendered when the Gold Star plates are registered.

Any questions regarding Gold Star Family License Plates may be addressed to e-mail or by contacting the DMV at 402.471.3918.

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Health and Insurance Benefits:

Medical Benefits: (NRS §55-159) Worker's Compensation
Eligibility: National Guard Service member on State active duty.

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Worker's Compensation: (NRS §55-159) Same as State employees.
Eligibility: National Guard Service member on State active duty.

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Group Insurance: National Guard Association offers term life insurance of $10,000.00 -$250,000.00.National Guard Association vision plan, for $15.00 per year, provides reduced rates on glasses and exams.
Eligibility: National Guard Service member.

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The State Sponsored Life Insurance (SSLI): Every member of the Nebraska National Guard is covered with $1,000 SSLI at no cost to the member. This $1,000 benefit is provided through the Militia Insurance Trust Group Life Insurance Plan.

New recruits are eligible for $10,000 SSLI coverage under the MIT Group Life Insurance Plan

at no cost for the first year of service in the Nebraska National Guard. Enrollment must occur within 90 days of joining the Nebraska National Guard, call 1-800-633-8333 for information.
Eligibility: National Guard Service member.

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Injury/Death Benefits: (NRS §48-115) Worker's compensation.
Eligibility: Disease, Injury, or Death occurs while serving on State Active Duty.

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Parks and Recreation:

Active-Duty Military Resident Permits: (NRS §37-419) Soldiers on active duty stationed in Nebraska may purchase hunting and fishing permits at the resident rate, regardless of state residency claimed.

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Disabled Veteran Hunting and Fishing License: (NRS §37-420) Nebraska residents who are Veterans that were discharged or separated with a characterization of honorable or general (under honorable conditions) may receive a Fee exempt permit. These permits are Fee exempt and good for the life of the Veteran.
Eligibility: A 50% disabled Veteran as a result of injuries incurred in the line of duty while in the military or receives a pension from the Veterans Administration as a result of a total permanent disability not incurred in the line of duty in the military service. To obtain one of these fee exempt permits, your disability application must be signed and verified by their County Veterans Service Officer or a Nebraska State Veterans Service Officer.

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Veteran Hunting and Fishing License: (NRS §37-421) Veterans may qualify for hunting and fishing license permits for a fee of $5.00.
Eligibility: Nebraska residents who are Veterans and are 64 years of age or older and have served on Active duty other than Basic training. To obtain a Veteran's permit for Hunting/Fishing you must complete an application form and return it to your nearest Nebraska Game and Parks Commission office along with a copy of your DD 214 that verifies dates of service and the $5.00 fee. The Veteran's permit must be renewed each year for a fee of $5.00.

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Miscellaneous Benefits:

Nebraska Veterans' Service Office: The function of the State Service Office is to interview military Veterans, their Spouses, and dependents to establish tentative eligibility for Veterans' benefits provided by federal and state laws; to advise applicants with claims before the US Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA); and to assist them in the accurate completion of application forms and transmit them to the proper federal or state agency for processing. State Service Officers are recognized representatives for the Nebraska Department of Veterans' Affairs, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Vietnam Veterans of America, and American Ex-POWs, Military Order of the Purple Heart, the Retired Enlisted Association, and the National Association of County Service Officers and are authorized to accept Power of Attorneys from claimants on behalf of the organizations. State Service Officers are located at the VA Regional Office, Lincoln.

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Storage/Retrieval of Discharges (DD-214): The Department has approximately 700,000 discharges of Nebraska Veterans on microfilm. If a Veteran entered from and returned to Nebraska upon separation from military service, a copy of the discharge may be on file in the Department. Documents previously filed with the Selective Service System and National Guard were referred to the Department of Veterans' Affairs. Since October 1, 1979, if requested by the service-member, Military Separation Centers have sent a copy of the Certificate of Release or Discharge from active duty (DD214) to the Department.

To see if your discharge is on file with the NDVA, please email ndva@nebraska.gov, or call (402) 471-2450. Copies of discharges may also be requested from the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, MO by completing a Standard Form-180 or submitting an online request by visiting http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/.

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State Veteran Homes: The four state Veterans' Homes are part of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. The focus of the Veterans' Homes is on wellness, and allowing people to live their lives to the fullest through different levels of health care: domiciliary care for people who are ambulatory and need minimal assistance; and both intermediate and skilled nursing care. The Homes provide specialized services like physical therapy, plus a wide range of recreational and religious services. The Homes also enjoy a unique relationship with various Veterans' organizations, whose members donate time, money, and companionship to people living there.

Grand Island Veterans' Home: (308)-385-6252. This home, located in Grand Island, NE, has a total of 266 beds, with 44 of those beds reserved for Alzheimer's patients. The other beds are reserved for general nursing and assisted living care.

Norfolk Veterans' Home: (402) 370-3300. The Norfolk Veterans' Home, located in northeastern Nebraska, has 30 domiciliary beds, 30 special needs beds, 10 Advanced Palliative Care (Hospice) beds, and 81 Skilled Nursing beds.

Eastern Nebraska Veterans' Home: (402-595-2180). Located in Bellevue, NE (10 mi south of Omaha), the Home is located on 20 acres. There are 120 beds in the home, with 30 beds each devoted to assisted living care, intermediate care, skilled nursing care, and Alzheimer's care. Each wing of 30 beds has its own exterior courtyard designed to serve the different mobility needs of its patients.

Western Nebraska Veterans' Home: (308) 632-0300. Located in the panhandle of Nebraska, the Western Nebraska Veterans' Home lies 20 miles east of the Wyoming border in Scottsbluff, NE. This home has 103 beds, with domiciliary care, assisted living care, and general nursing care available. Eligibility: Veterans who served on active duty with an honorable or general (under honorable conditions) discharge, and who lived in Nebraska at least two years during their lifetime are eligible for applying to Nebraska State Veterans Homes. Also, Veterans must be disabled by reason of service, age, or otherwise unable to earn a living; wholly or partially dependent upon public support; or require care that is only available in a public facility. Spouses, Widow/ers, and Gold Star Parents are eligible under similar requirements. Veterans and Spouses are eligible to reside at the Home as a couple; however, the waiting list may be longer for a double-occupancy room.

Applicants are admitted without regard to their financial situation. Charges are based on each applicant's income and assets. Those who can afford to contribute to care are required to pay a part of their care costs, but there is no fixed charge.

For a brochure listing general eligibility requirements and exact Home locations, click here.

Application & Admission Process: The admission to a Home within the Nebraska Veterans Home System is initiated with the completion of the application, which is obtained from a County Veterans' Service Officer (CVSO).

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Nebraska Veterans Aid (NVA) Fund: A temporary emergency aid fund assists Veterans, their Spouses, and dependents when an unforeseen emergency occurs disrupting their normal method of living and when other resources are not immediately available. Aid can only be used for food, fuel, shelter, wearing apparel, funeral, medical, and surgical items.
Eligibility:
Veterans who served on active duty in the armed forces of the United States, other than active duty for training, who was discharged or otherwise separated with a characterization of honorable or general (under honorable conditions) from such service; or died while in service or as a direct result of such service; or who, being a citizen of the United States, at the time of his or her entry into such service, served with the military forces of any government allied with the United States in a period of conflict pursuant to Section 80-401.01 and who received an honorable discharge, or its equivalent, from such service. Application must be made through the County Service Officer or post Service Officer of any recognized Veterans' organization in the county nearest the applicant's place of residence and submitted to the Department of Veterans' Affairs.

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Grave Registration: The Department of Veterans' Affairs shall preserve a permanent registry of the graves of all persons who shall have served in the Armed Forces of the U.S. in time of war and whose mortal remains rest in Nebraska. Information concerning the registry can be obtained from the Department of Veterans' Affairs or a County Service Officer.

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State Veterans Cemetery: The Nebraska Veterans' Cemetery at Alliance (NVCA) is located in Alliance, NE, three miles southeast of the town on CR57, ¼ mile from the Alliance Municipal Airport. The grounds, originally part of a former WWII airfield, were dedicated in 2010, and the first internment took place on Jan 21, 2011.

The cemetery is open for visitation of graves from dawn to dusk, 7 days a week. The Administration building is open Mon-Fri from 8am to 5pm, MST. Employees are available during this time to schedule and conduct internments. Internments are not scheduled on weekends or major national or state holidays.
Eligibility: Service members who died on active duty, Veterans, and their eligible Spouses and dependent Children are eligible to be buried at NVCA. Eligibility guidelines are based on laws passed by Congress and incorporated into United States Code at Title 38, Veterans Benefits - Sections 112, 2306, 2402, and 2411.

To check eligibility for internment at NVCA, please complete and submit an Eligibility Determination Request Form. Please also include copies of the Veteran's discharge papers (DD214), marriage license for the Spouse, birth certificate(s) for dependent Child(ren), and (if applicable) the death certificate for the Veteran. Once completed, send the form and the appropriate documentation by mail, in person to the Veterans' Cemetery Administration Building (address in application), or by email to allen.pannell@nebraska.gov.

To schedule an internment, please visit the Request for Internment page for specific instructions.

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Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Facilities in Nebraska

Veterans Health Administration
VA Health Care System
Omaha: Omaha - VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System, 4101 Woolworth Ave, 800-451-5796

Community Based Outpatient Clinics
Bellevue: Bellevue CBOC, 2206 Longo Dr, 402-591-4500
Gordon: Gordon VA Clinic , 300 East 8th St, 308-282-1442 / Fax: 308-282-1428
Grand Island: Grand Island CBOC, 2201 No. Broadwell Ave, 308-382-3660
Holdrege: Holdrege CBOC, 1118 Burlington St, 308-995-3760
Lincoln: Lincoln CBOC, 600 South 70th St, 402-489-3802 / Fax: 402-486-7858
Norfolk: Norfolk CBOC, 710 S 13th, Suite 1200, 402-370-4570 / Fax: 402-370-4582
North Platte: North Platte CBOC, 600 East Francis, Suite 3, 308-532-6906 / Fax: 308-532-6964
O'Neill: O'Neill CBOC, 555 E. John St, 402-336-2982
Scottsbluff: Scottsbluff CBOC, 1720 E Portal Place, 308-220-3930 / Fax: 308-220-3927
Sidney: Sidney VA Multi Specialty Outpatient Clinic, 1116 10th Ave, 308-254-6085

Veteran Centers - 877-927-8387
Lincoln: Lincoln Vet Center, 3119 O St, Suite A, 402-476-9736 / Fax: 402-476-2431
Omaha: Omaha Vet Center, 3047 S 72nd Street, 402-346-6735 / Fax: 402-346-6020

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Military Installations in Nebraska

Active Duty

Air Force

Offutt AFB: http://www.offutt.af.mil/

National Guard

http://ne.ng.mil/Pages/Home.aspx

Nebraska Army National Guard: http://ne.ng.mil/Army-RRB/Pages/default.aspx

Nebraska Air National Guard: http://ne.ng.mil/AirGuard/Pages/default.aspx

155th Air Refueling Wing: http://www.155arw.ang.af.mil/

Resources

http://www.revenue.nebraska.gov/

https://veterans.nebraska.gov/

http://www.nationalguard.com/benefits/additional-guard-benefits/state-benefits

http://www.va.gov/directory/guide/state.asp?STATE=NE&dnum=1

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

http://www.dmv.nebraska.gov/dvr/specialty/index.html

http://dol.nebraska.gov/UIBenefits

http://outdoornebraska.ne.gov/hunting/guides/permfees.asp#vets

https://www.goarmyed.com/public/facility_pages/NG_Nebraska_Education_Services_Office/default.asp

https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/veterans-services/vet-guide/#2

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

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

http://myarmybenefits.us.army.mil/Home/Benefit_Library/Resource_Locator/Nebraska.html

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Document Review Date: 12 August 2015