State / Territory Benefits - Nebraska
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Health Insurance Benefits
Parks & Recreation Benefits
Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Facilities
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
Retired Military Pay: Follows federal tax rules.
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/RCFPP: Generally subject to state taxes for those states with income tax. Check with state department of revenue office.
Nebraska Homestead Exemption: 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:
- April 6, 1917 to November 11, 1918;
- December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946;
- February 28, 1950 to January 5, 1964 (in the Republic of Vietnam);
- June 25, 1950 to January 31, 1955;
- 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.
Waiver of Tuition Program: 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 (books and fees are NOT covered) for Spouses & Children of eligible Veterans; as set forth in NE Revised State Statute 80-411.
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, 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.
Reservist Tuition Credit Program: 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
- 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)
This program is limited to 200 NEW applications per calendar year.
Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children: It is the purpose of this compact to remove barriers to educational success imposed on Children of military Families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:
- Facilitating the timely enrollment of Children of military Families and ensuring that they are not placed at a disadvantage due to difficulty in the transfer of educational records from the previous school district or variations in entrance or age requirements.
- Facilitating the student placement process through which Children of military Families are not disadvantaged by variations in attendance requirements, scheduling, sequencing, grading, course content or assessment. Facilitating the qualification and eligibility for enrollment, educational programs, and participation in extracurricular academic, athletic and social activities.
- Facilitating the on-time graduation of Children of military Families.
- Providing for the promulgation and enforcement of administrative rules implementing the provisions of this compact.
- Providing for the uniform collection and sharing of information between and among member states, schools and military Families under this compact.
- Promoting coordination between this compact and other compacts affecting military Children.
- Promoting flexibility and cooperation between the educational system, parents and the student in order to achieve educational success for the student.
Primary Point of Contact:
Dr. Scott Swisher, Nebraska MIC3 Commissioner
Deputy Commissioner Nebraska Department of Education
Address: 301 Centennial Mall South, P.O. Box 94987, Lincoln, NE 68509
Military Leave: State Political Subdivision employees receive 15-work days of military leave per year.
Eligibility: State employee on orders for Unit Training or active duty.
Compensation for State Active Duty Pay and Allowances: Pay and Allowances, travel, lodging and other expenses paid by state.
Eligibility: National Guard Service member on state active duty.
Veteran's Preference; Passing Score: Veteran's preference shall be granted to all applicants who are otherwise eligible for employment and who request such preference on their applications. In order to receive preference, the Veteran must submit a copy of his or her discharge papers and, for disability credit, proof from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs that the disability is at least ten percent. Ten points shall be added to the passing score of disabled Veteran candidates and five points for all other Veterans.
Purple Heart License Plate: 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. Purple Heart Plate Application
Ex-Prisoner of War (Ex-POW) License Plate: 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. Ex-Prisoner of War Plate Application
Pearl Harbor Survivor: 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. Pearl Harbor Survivor License Plate Application
Disabled Veteran License Plate (DAV): 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. Disabled American Veteran License Plate Application
Gold Star Family License Plates: Are available to a surviving Spouse, whether remarried or not, or an ancestor, including a stepparent, a descendant, including a stepchild, a foster parent or a person in loco parentis, or a sibling of a person who died while in good standing on active duty in the military service of the United States. A fee of $5.00 shall accompany each application for initial issuance of consecutively numbered Gold Star Family plates. A fee of $5.00 shall accompany an application for renewal of such plates. A fee of $40.00 shall accompany each application for initial issuance of personalized message Gold Star Family plates. A fee of $40.00 shall accompany an application for renewal of such plates. Gold Star Family License Plate Application
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.
Military Exemption & Renewal of Driver's License: 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.
Handicapped Parking Permits: 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.
Medical Benefits: Worker's Compensation
Eligibility: National Guard Service member on State active duty.
Worker's Compensation: Same as State employees.
Eligibility: National Guard Service member on State active duty.
Group Insurance: National Guard Association offers term life insurance of$10,000.00 -$250,000.00, call 1-800-633- 8333 for information. National Guard Association vision plan, reduced rates on glasses and exams $18.00 per year.
Eligibility: National Guard Service member.
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.
Eligibility: National Guard Service member.
Injury/Death Benefits: Worker's compensation.
Eligibility: Disease, Injury, or Death occurs while serving on State Active Duty.
Disabled Veteran Hunting and Fishing License: 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.
Veteran Hunting and Fishing License: 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 that has 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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
State Veteran Homes: The four state Veterans' Homes are part of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and are located in Grand Island, Norfolk, Bellevue, and Scottsbluff.. 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.
Eligibility: Provide domiciliary and nursing home care and subsistence to wartime Veterans provided that the Veteran meets at least a two-year residency requirement and has become disabled due to service, old age or other wise to an extent that it would prevent such applicant from earning a livelihood. Entitlement for admission extends to the Spouse of any person admitted to one of the homes who has attained the age of fifty years and married to the member at least two years, also, to the surviving Spouses and parents of eligible servicemen and women who died while on active duty of who have since died of a service-connected disability as determined by the VA and who have obtained the age of fifty and meet residency requirements of two years in the state.
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.
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.
State Veterans Cemetery: Ground was broken in October of 2008 to begin construction of Nebraska's first State Veterans Cemetery near Alliance. The Cemetery was dedicated on August 13, 2010; and the first interment took place on January 21, 2011.
Eligibility: Service members who die on active duty, Veterans, and their eligible Spouses and dependent Children.
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 Street, 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 Street, 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
Military Installations in Nebraska
Offutt AFB: http://www.offutt.af.mil/
National Guard: http://ne.ng.mil/Pages/Default.aspx
Nebraska Army National Guard: http://ne.ng.mil/NebraskaGuardTeam/default.aspx
Nebraska Air National Guard
155th Air Refueling Wing: http://www.155arw.ang.af.mil/
Document Review Date: 25 August 2014