State / Territory Benefits - Nevada
Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
Health and Insurance Benefits
Parks and Recreation Benefits
Veterans Affairs (VA) Facilities
Summary: Nevada offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including: state employment preferences, education and tuition assistance, vehicle tags, disabled Veteran tax exemption, Veteran cemetery plots, as well as hunting and fishing license privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component, and Veteran disability status. Any Veteran, Family member of a Veteran or Nevada resident on active duty can receive free assistance in filing a claim with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs for a service-connected disability or other benefit program. Assistance includes help in filing claims, representation at local hearings, appeals and discharge upgrades.
State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility
State Tax Advantage: Nevada does not have a state income tax.
Veterans Tax Exemption: An annual tax exemption is available to any Veteran. Veterans may "donate" their exempted tax directly to the Nevada Veterans' Home Gift Account, which will help in the operation of the State Veterans' Home.
Eligibility: A Veteran with wartime service (including in-theater service during the Persian Gulf War, Afghanistan and Iraqi Wars). To obtain this exemption, take a copy of your DD214 or discharge papers to your local County Assessor. The exemption can be applied to a Veteran's vehicle privilege tax or real property tax. The exemption cannot be split between the two. To obtain the exact amount of this benefit, contact your County Assessor.
Disabled Veteran Property Tax Exemption: Nevada offers a property tax exemption to any Veteran with a service connected disability of 60% or more. The amount of exemption available to disabled Veterans varies from $6,250.00 to $20,000.00 of assessed valuation, depending on the percentage of disability and the year filed. This exemption can be applied to a Veteran's vehicle tax or personal property tax. To determine the actual value of this benefit or to obtain further information, contact the local County Assessor's office.
Eligibility: Any Veteran with a service-connected disability of 60% or more, have an honorable separation from the service and be a resident of Nevada. The Widow or Widower of a disabled Veteran, who was eligible for this exemption at the time of his or her death, may also receive this exemption.
Retirement Income: Not taxed.
VA Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: Not subject to federal or state taxes.
Military SBP/ RCSBP/RSFPP: Not taxed
Waiver of Fees for Members of Nevada National Guard: The University of Nevada may grant a waiver of registration fees and laboratory fees for any member of the active Nevada National Guard, who attends a school within the System as a full-time or part-time student.
Eligibility: Be a member in good standing of the active Nevada National Guard at the beginning of and throughout the entire semester for which the waiver is granted; and maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average.
Waiver of fees for Child, Widow or Widower of person killed while performing duties as member of Nevada National Guard: The University of Nevada may grant a waiver of registration fees and laboratory fees for any Child, Widow or Widower of a person killed while performing his or her duties as a member of the active Nevada National Guard, who attends a school within the System as a full-time or part-time student. A Child may use a waiver granted for 10 years after the Child attains the age of 18 years or, if the Child enrolls in the System before the age of 18 years, for 10 years after the date of such enrollment. A Widow or Widower may use a waiver granted pursuant to this section for 10 years after the date of the death of the member.
Eligibility: A Child, Widow or Widower of a person who was killed while performing his or her duties as a member of the Nevada National Guard; and maintains at least a 2.0 grade point average.
Waiver of fees for Spouse or Child of member of Armed Forces who is identifies as prisoner of war of missing in action: The University of Nevada may grant a waiver of registration fees and laboratory fees for a Spouse or Child of a person who is identifies as a prisoner of war or missing in action while performing his or her duties as a member of the Armed Forces of the United States, who attends a school within the System as a full-time or part-time student. A Child may use a waiver granted for 10 years after the Child attains the age of 18 years or, if the Child enrolls in the System before the age of 18 years, for 10 years after the date of such enrollment. A Widow or Widower may use a waiver granted pursuant to this section for 10 years after the date on which the member of the Armed Forces was identifies as a prisoner of war or missing in action.
Eligibility: A Spouse or Child of a person who is identifies as a prisoner of war or missing in action; and maintains at least a 2.0 grade point average.
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:
J. Scott Bensing, Commissioner
Address: 170 S. Virginia St #202, Reno, NV 89501
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.
Leave of Absence for Military Duty: State employees receive 15 working days of military leave each calendar year.
Eligibility: Reserve and National Guard Service members.
On-Line Employment Applications (NVAPPS): The Nevada Department of Personnel will accept on-line employment application. This system will allow the Veteran the ability to conveniently search and apply for job openings on-line, store applicant profile information and submit application electronically. The system also allows for position vacancies to be announced on a daily basis.
Unemployment Compensation: Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation administers the Unemployment Insurance program, providing temporary assistance to unemployed Nevada workers.
Individuals who are considered out of work through no fault of their own may be eligible to receive unemployment insurance benefits.
Minimum qualifications for eligibility include, but are not limited to:
- Sufficient earnings within the base period of a claim to qualify monetarily for benefits;
- Must be wholly unemployed or employed less than full-time and have earnings less than their weekly entitlement;
- Must be found to be out of work through no fault of their own;
- Must be available to seek and accept work customary to their normal occupation;
- Must be physically and mentally able to work at the time they initiate a claim for benefits; and,
- Must not refuse suitable work when offered.
Claims can be filed online here. Or by phone at:
For General Information, please contact the above phone numbers and select Option 3.
Nevada Veteran License Plates: Veterans may purchase a license plate set displaying the word VETERAN from a local Nevada Division of Motor Vehicles office.
Eligibility: Any Veteran or his or her Spouse, parent or Child may purchase a Veteran license plate. The applicant certifies that he qualifies by signing the Veteran License Plate Application. Initial cost for Veteran plates with a standard number is $61 plus a Prison Industry fee of $.50 per plate. The annual renewal fee is $30. The initial cost for personalized versions is $97 plus a Prison Industry fee of $.50. The annual renewal is $50. $25 of the initial fee and $20 of the annual renewal fee are given to the Nevada Veterans' Home Gift Account.
National Guard License Plate: A National Guard License Plate for an initial fee of $7.00 and no annual renewal fee. Application SP 11
Eligibility: An active National Guard Service member with written certification from Commanding Officer.
Medal of Honor Plate: A Medal of Honor Plate license plate for an initial fee of $9.00 with no annual renewal. Plates are custom-ordered. Call (775) 684-4750 (Special Plates) or email for information.
Eligibility: Nevada residents who were awarded the Medal of Honor are eligible for the Congressional Medal of Honor plate.
Disabled Veteran Plate: A Disabled Veteran Plate for an initial fee of $9.00 with no annual renewal and exempts vehicle from Nevada State and local parking fees. Application SP 10
Eligibility: A 100% disabled Veteran whose disability results from causes connected with service in the Armed Forces of the United States.
Disabled Female Veteran Plate: A Disabled Female Veteran Plate for an initial fee of $9.00 with no annual renewal and exempts vehicle from Nevada State and local parking fees. Application SP 10
Eligibility: A 100% disabled female Veteran whose disability results from causes connected with service in the Armed Forces of the United States.
Note: If you wish to obtain a handicapped placard, you must also complete the SP 27 form.
Ex-Prisoner of War (POW) Plate: Ex-Prisoner of War license plate for an initial fee of $9.00 with no annual renewal and exempts vehicle from Nevada State and local parking fees. Application SP 2
Eligibility: Must have been a Prisoner of War to be eligible for POW plate. Proof of POW status from must be provided before plates can be issued. Acceptable documentation includes an original or verified copy of: Form DD 214 Discharge Certificate with Ex-Prisoner of War Status; Separation Papers with Ex-Prisoner of War Status noted; or Written notification from the Military Personnel Records Center showing Ex-Prisoner of War Status. A license plate production fee of $3.50 per plate and a prison industry fee of 50 cents per plate are charged in addition to all other applicable fees.
Purple Heart Plate: A Purple Heart license plate for an initial fee of $9.00 with no annual renewal. Application SP 43
Eligibility: Must be Purple Heart recipients. Proof of Purple Heart award must be attached with application. Acceptable proof includes: Form DD-214 or DD-215 Discharge Certificate with Purple Heart recipient status noted on the form; General Order awarding the Purple Heart from a service headquarters signed or stamped Official Copy; Form WG05455 for World War II recipients; or, other acceptable official documentation as determined by the Department. A license plate production fee of $3.50 per plate, a prison industry fee of 50 cents per plate, and a technology fee of $1.00 are charged in addition to all other applicable fees.
Pearl Harbor Survivors Plate & Pearl Harbor Veterans Plate:The Pearl Harbor Survivors Plate & The Pearl Harbor Veterans plate are available for an initial fee of $27.00 and a $5.00 annual renewal fee.
Eligibility: Must be a survivor or Veteran of Pearl Harbor conflict. Proof of your duty station must be presented. Acceptable documentation is a copy of your Pearl Harbor Survivors Association Card with the association number and member's name clearly readable. Or a DD-214 form listing your duty station on December 7, 1941 as within a three-mile radius of the exact location of the bombing.
Fallen Military Plate: A Fallen Military license plate for an initial fee of $9.00 with no annual renewal. Application SP 78
Eligibility: Available to the Widow, Widower, parent, stepparent, grandparent, Child, stepchild, dependent, sibling, half sibling or stepsibling of those who died as a result of injuries sustained while on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States. A license plate production fee of $3.50 per plate and a prison industry fee of 50 cents per plate are charged in addition to all other applicable fees.
Gold Star Plate: A Gold Star license plate for an initial fee of $9.00 with no annual renewal. Application SP 76
Eligibility: Available to the Widow, Widower, parent, stepparent, grandparent, Child, stepchild, dependent, sibling, half sibling or stepsibling of those killed in the line of duty while on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States. A license plate production fee of $3.50 per plate and a prison industry fee of 50 cents per plate are charged in addition to all other applicable fees.
Disabled Parking Privileges: The State of Nevada authorizes special parking permits for physically disabled persons. Applications are available at your local DMV office or can be obtained by contacting DMV Special Plate at (775) 684-4750 in Carson City.
Group Insurance: The Nevada National Guard Association offers term life insurance plans which provide:
- $1,000 No Cost coverage for every active Guard Member
- Convenience of Military Payroll Deduction
- Spouse and Dependent coverage available
- Immediate death benefit available
- No war, terrorism, aviation clauses; coverage on or off duty
- Unit benefits briefing and coverage review every 12-18 months
- May remain in effect when you leave the Guard
- Guaranteed conversion available
Information and beneficiary identification will be done during drill weekends when representatives from SSLI will visit each unit. Should you desire more information now, please visit www.ssli.org
Eligibility: National Guard Service member.
Injury and Death Benefits: Medical care plus professional assistant during incapacitation.
Eligibility: National Guard Service member on state active duty.
Injury: Worker's Compensation
Eligibility: National Guard Service member on state active duty.
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.
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)
Serviceman's Hunting License: The State of Nevada Wildlife Division will issue a hunting license for $9.00 to Nevada resident Service members stationed outside of Nevada.
Eligibility: Service member must show duty or leave papers at the time of purchase.
Disabled Veteran Combination License: The State of Nevada Wildlife Division will issue free hunting/fishing licenses.
Eligibility: Any honorably separated Veteran residing in Nevada for six months who has a service-connected disability of 50% or more documented by the Department of Veterans Affairs. First-time applicants must submit an application available from NDOW along with supporting documentation of the disablity before the license can be issued. Issued at NDOW offices only.
Serviceman's Fishing License: The State of Nevada Wildlife Division will issue a fishing license for $9.00 to Nevada resident Service members stationed outside of Nevada.
Eligibility: Service member must show duty or leave papers at the time of purchase.
Disabled Veterans Park Permit: A disabled park permit provides the holder unlimited entrance to all parks and use of camping and boat launch facilities in the parks for 12 months after the date the permit is used. An annual administrative fee of $30.00 is charged. Click here for an overview and to view Frequency Asked Questions (FAQs). Application
Eligibility: The permit is issued to a disabled Veteran who resides in Nevada and can show proof of a permanent service-connective disability of 10 percent of more from the Department of Veterans Affairs and was honorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States.
Guardianship Program: Nevada state law permits the Nevada Office of Veterans' Services to act as the financial guardian.
Eligibility: Incompetent Veterans, their Widows and Children.
Operation Recognition: In 2003, Assembly Bill 52, was passed. This bill provides for Nevada School Districts to issue a standard high school diploma to certain Veterans. To receive this high school diploma, a Veteran must have served in the Armed Forces of the United States during WWII through the Vietnam Era, between the dates of September 16, 1940 and May 7, 1975. A Veteran, a guardian of a disabled Veteran, or a member of a deceased Veteran's Family, on behalf of the deceased Veteran, may submit an application.
Nevada Veterans' Home: A State-owned and operated Veterans' home is located in Boulder City. The 82,000 square foot facility accommodates 180 residents and consists of an extended care facility for Veterans in need of skilled nursing home care. Services include Physical, Occupational and Speech therapy; Dental, Audiology, and vision Assessments; Podiatry Care Program; IV Therapy; End-of-Life Care Programs; Laboratory and Pharmacy Services; Radiology and Diagnostic Services; Dietary Services; and Social Services. There are two levels of secured care for those suffering from Alzheimer's or other dementia related illnesses.
Eligibility: For admission information, see the Veterans Home webpage or call 702-332-NSVH (6784). Click here for application.
Applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Have a military discharge other than dishonorable
- Be a Spouse of a Veteran who meets the above requirement or a Gold Star parent, (parent whose Children all died during war time service in the Armed Forces of the United States)
- Must be a current resident of Nevada or provide verification of Nevada residency at the time of enlistment in the military
- Not require care the Home is unable to provide
- Not exhibit traits that may prove dangerous to the applicant, residents, staff, or visitors
Veteran Cemetery Plots: Veterans and members of their immediate Family may be buried at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Fernley, 775-575-4441, or at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City, 702-486-5920. There is no charge for the plot, vault and opening & closing of a gravesite for a Veteran. Headstones are provides at no cost by the federal government. Military honors are provided by military units; however, a cemetery staff member can assist in making these arrangements. A $450 fee (subject to change) is charged for the burial of the Spouse or dependent of a Veteran.
Eligibility: Eligible Veteran of the Armed Forces and their Spouse.
Nevada Public Records: Veterans or their dependents filing claims for service-connected disabilities may receive free copies of their birth, divorce, death or marriage certificate from the appropriate county courthouse. Discharge certificates are recorded free of charge to eligible Veterans by County Recorders.
Eligibility: Veterans who have been discharged from serving in any component of the Armed Forces.
Operation Homefront: Operation Homefront provides emergency financial, food, and other assistance to Active, Reserve, Guard, Veterans and their Families.
Veterans Health Administration
VA Medical Center
North Las Vegas: VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System, 6900 North Pecos Rd, 702-791-9024 / Fax: 702-224-6930
Reno: VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System, 975 Kirman Ave, 775-786-7200
Henderson: Southeast Primary VA Clinic, 1020 S Boulder, 702-791-9030
Las Vegas: Northeast Primary Care Clinic, 4461 E Charleston Blvd, 702-791-9050 / Fax: 702-636-3000
Las Vegas: Northwest Primary Care Clinic, 3968 N Rancho Dr, 702-791-9020
Las Vegas: Southwest Primary Care Clinic, 7235 South Buffalo Dr, 702-791-9040
Community Based Outpatient Clinic
Elko: Elko Outreach Clinic, 2719 Argent Ave #9, 775-738-0188
Ely: Ely CBOC, William Bee Ririe Rural Health Clinic, #6 Steptoe Circle, 775-289-3612 x131 / Fax: 801-584-5673
Fallon: VA Lahontan Valley Outpatient Clinic, 345 West A St, 775-428-6161 / Fax: 775-428-6171
Gardnerville: VA Carson Valley Outpatient Clinic, 1330 Waterloo Ln, Suite 101, 775-782-5265
Las Vegas: Community Resource and Referral Center (CRRC), 6900 North Pecos Rd, 702-791-9000
Pahrump: Pahrump Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 2100 E Calvada Blvd, 775-727-7535 / Fax: 775-751-6416
Vet Center - 877-927-8387
Henderson: Henderson Vet Center, 400 North Stephanie, Suite 180, 702-791-9100 / Fax: 702-433-5713
Las Vegas: Las Vegas Vet Center, 1919 S Jones Blvd, Suite A, 702-791-9170 / Fax: 702-251-7812
Reno: Reno Vet Center, 5580 Mill St, Suite 600, 775-323-1294 / Fax: 775-322-8123
Laughlin: Laughlin Rural Outreach Clinic, 3650 South Point Cir, Bldg D, 2nd Fl, Suite 200, 702-298-1100
Veterans Benefits Administration
Reno: Reno Regional Benefit Office, 5460 Reno Corporate Dr, 800-827-1000
Military Installations in Nevada
Please see the Nevada Resource Locator for additional information.
Nevada Air National Guard
United States Army Reserve (USAR)
Document Review Date: 31 March 2016