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 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.
National Guard Tuition Waiver Program: The University of Nevada System provides 100% tuition waiver, excluding some laboratory and university fees, to all current and newly recruited members of the Nevada National Guard at all state universities and community colleges. There is no limit on number of credits taken.
Eligibility: Available for traditional classroom education only and students/National Guard member must maintain a 2.0 GPA per semester.
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.
Veterans Tuition Assistance: 50 percent of all fees paid at state universities or community colleges.
Eligibility: Army Reserves and National Guard Service member.
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.
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
Veteran Employment Preference: Gives eligible Veterans preference in appointment over many other applicants. Veterans' preference applies, to virtually all new appointments in both the competitive and excepted service. Veterans' preference does not guarantee Veterans a job and it does not apply to internal agency actions such as promotions, transfers, reassignments, and reinstatements.
You are a 5 point preference eligible if your active duty service meets any of the following:
- 180 or more consecutive days, any part of which occurred during the period beginning September 11, 2001 and ending on a future date prescribed by Presidential proclamation or law as the last date of Operation Iraqi Freedom, OR
- Between August 2, 1990 and January 2, 1992, OR
- 180 or more consecutive days, any part of which occurred after January 31, 1955 and before October 15, 1976.
- In a war, campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized or between April 28, 1952 and July 1, 1955.
You are a 10 point preference eligible if you served at any time, and you:
- Have a service connected disability, OR
- Received a Purple Heart.
Eligibility: Only Veterans discharged or released from active duty in the armed forces under honorable conditions are eligible for Veterans' preference. This means you must have been discharged under an honorable or general discharge. If you are a "retired member of the armed forces" you are not included in the definition of preference eligible unless you are a disabled Veteran OR you retired below the rank of major or its equivalent.
Civil Service Preference: Civil service preference is given to Veterans applying for state employment in Nevada. For information, contact the Nevada Department of Personnel at 775-684-0150 in Carson City or 702-486-2900 in Las Vegas.
Eligibility: Veterans receive civil service preference. Veterans with service-connected disabilities receive additional preference.
Employment Assistance: State employees receive 15 working days of military leave each year.
Eligibility: Reserve and National Guard Service members.
On-Line Employment Applications (NV APPS): 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 $60 plus a Prison Industry fee of $.50 per plate. The annual renewal fee is $30. The initial cost for personalized versions is $95. 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 $6.00 and no annual renewal fee. Application SP 11
Eligibility: An active National Guard Service member with written certification from Commanding Officer.
Congressional Medal of Honor Plate: A Congressional Medal of Honor Plate license plate for an initial fee of $7.00 with no annual renewal.
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 $7.00 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 $7.00 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.
Ex-Prisoner of War (POW) Plate: Ex Prisoner of War license plate for an initial fee of $7.00 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
Purple Heart Plate: A Purple Heart license plate for an initial fee of $7.00 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.
Pearl Harbor Survivors & Veterans Plate: A Pearl Harbor Survivors & Veterans plate for an initial fee of $26.00 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 $7.00 with no annual renewal. Application SP 78
Eligibility: Available to immediate Family members of those who died as a result of injuries sustained while on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States.
Gold Star Plate: A Gold Star license plate for an initial fee of $7.00 with no annual renewal. Application SP 76
Eligibility: Available to immediate Family members of those killed in the line of duty while on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States.
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 the DMV Special Plate Section at (775) 684-4750 in Carson City.
Group Insurance: National Guard Association offers term life insurance $500.00 - $50,000.00 for members; $500.00 - $25,000.00 for Spouse and $1.00-$10,000.00 for Children.
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.
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.
Annual Serviceman Fishing License: The State of Nevada Wildlife Division will issue an annual 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. 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 702-332-6864. Applicants must have a military discharge other than dishonorable; be a Spouse of a Veteran who meets the above requirement or a Gold Star parent; must be a current resident of Nevada or provide verification of Nevada residency at the time of enlistment in the military; not require medical care that the Home is unable to provide and 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: A 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 (OH) 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 (VASNHS), 6900 North Pecos Rd, 702-791-9000
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 ext 131 / 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: Healthcare For The Homeless Vets, 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, 702-251-7873 / Fax: 702-251-7812
Reno: Reno Vet Center, 5580 Mill St, Suite 600, 775-323-1294 / Fax: 775-322-8123
Nellis AFB: Mike O'Callaghan Federal Medical Center, 4700 N Las Vegas Blvd, 702-653-2273
Veterans Benefits Administration
Reno: Reno Regional Benefit Office, 5460 Reno Corporate Dr, 800-827-1000
Military Installations in Nevada
Nevada Air National Guard
United States Army Reserve (USAR)
Document Review Date: 30 January 2014