State / Territory Benefits - New Mexico

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Summary: New Mexico offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including property tax exemptions, New Mexico National Guard Tuition Scholarship Program, Education and Tuition Assistance, Vehicle Tags, as well as Hunting and Fishing License privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component, and Veteran disability status.

State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

State Taxes:

State Tax Advantage: None

Property Tax Exemption: Veterans may qualify for a $4,000 reduction in the taxable value of their real property for county taxation purposes. This benefit can also be used for a 1/3 discount when registering a vehicle in New Mexico.
Eligibility: Any Veteran who served a minimum of 90 days consecutive active duty (other than for training), was honorably discharged, and is a legal resident of New Mexico. The benefit is also available to the un-remarried surviving Spouse of a Veteran who would have otherwise qualified for this benefit. Application

Disabled Veteran Property Tax Exemptions: Any Veteran who has been rated with a 100% service-connected disability by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and is a legal resident of New Mexico, qualifies for a complete property tax waiver on their primary residence.
Eligibility: Veterans are eligible if they have been honorably separated from military service of the United States and served continuously for a period of 90 or more days. If discharged with less than 90 days service, such discharge must have been as a result of service incurred disability; or you have been honorably discharged from service in the Army, Army Reserves or Army National Guard with a minimum of six years of continuous service; and you are a legal resident of the State of New Mexico. You are entitled to the above benefits if you are the un-remarried surviving Spouse of a Veteran who served under the conditions outlined in the information shown above or if you are an un-remarried Widow or Widower of a Veteran who died in service under the conditions cited above, and you are a legal resident of the state of New Mexico. Application

Exemption from Excise Taxes on Vehicle Purchases: Qualified Veterans are exempted from excise taxes when purchasing a new vehicle.
Eligibility: Any Veteran who has suffered the loss, or complete loss of use of one or more limbs due to their service in the military. Application 

Veterans' Service Organization Property Tax Exemption: Veterans' Service Organizations are exempt from paying property tax on the property of its facility.
Eligibility: The Property of a Veterans' Service Organization chartered by the United States Congress and that is used primarily for the benefit of Veterans and their Families, is exempt from property taxation. Application

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Retired Military Pay: The state offers a low- and middle income exemption. The maximum exemption is $2,500. To qualify, the amount on line 7 of the state income tax form must be equal to or less than $36,667 (single), $27,500 (married filing separately), or $55,000 (married filing jointly. A deduction also applies for those 65 and older if your adjusted gross income is not over $51,000 for a joint return, $28,500 for a single taxpayer, or $25,500 for a married taxpayer filing separately.

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

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

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

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Education Benefits:

Vietnam Veterans' Scholarship: The Vietnam Veteran Scholarship is a state scholarship for resident undergraduate and graduate students that provides tuition, fees, and book allowances to Vietnam Veterans certified by the New Mexico Veterans' Service Commission. Each scholarship is for a period of one academic year. Renewable if student maintains satisfactory progress Application
Eligibility:

  • Student must be a resident of New Mexico
  • Vietnam Veteran as reviewed and certified by the NM Veterans Service Commission
  • Honorably discharged from the armed forces of the United States, who was a resident of New Mexico at original time of entry into the armed forces or who has lived in New Mexico for 10 years or more
  • Been awarded the Vietnam campaign medal for services in the armed forces of this country in Vietnam during the period of August 5, 1964 to the official termination of the Vietnam conflict as designated by executive order of the President of the United States, is eligible for certification

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Wartime Veteran Scholarship Fund: Can be used by any Veteran who has served in combat since 1990 and who has exhausted all available federal G.I. Education Benefits options. The Combat Veterans' Scholarship Award is to reimburse state funded schools for tuition costs and books directly associated with undergraduate and master's degree work at a public New Mexico Institute of Higher Education only. Application
Eligibility: This scholarship is available to Veterans who have been residents of New Mexico for a minimum of ten years and who were awarded the Southwest Asia Service Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal or any other medal issued for service in the Armed Forces of the United States in support of any US Military campaign or armed conflict as defined by congress or presidential executive order for service after August 1, 1990.

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In-State Tuition for Veterans: Veterans, their Spouses and their Children no longer have to wait to establish "in-state" residency status when applying for college. Those who wish to use their G.I. Education Benefit Bill can now immediately take advantage of less-expensive "resident" in-state tuition rates at any state funded college, university, vocational school or vocational training program.

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In-State Tuition For All Active Duty And Dependents Stationed In New Mexico: All Active Duty members and their dependents are billed at in-state tuition rates while stationed in New Mexico. Further, the dependents maintain in state status if they remain continuously enrolled and in good standing even if the Active Duty sponsor is transferred. An Active Duty Military Waiver, is required with the admission process.

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Children of Deceased Veterans Scholarship: Full tuition waiver at any state funded post-secondary school. A $150 stipend, per semester, will be issued to help with books or fees. Children who shall be selected to be beneficiaries of this fund shall be selected by this the Department of Veteran Services office based on need and merit. Application
Eligibility: Child must be between the ages of 16 and 26 and enrolled in a state supported school. Veteran of the Armed Forces must have been a resident of New Mexico at the original time of entry into the United States Armed Forces. Veteran must have been killed in action or as a result of such action during a period of armed conflict. Children and Spouse of National Guard Members killed while on active duty are also eligible for this scholarship.

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World War II and Korean Veterans High School Diploma: Any WWII or Korean War Veteran who joined the Armed Forces while attending a New Mexico high school prior to graduation is eligible for a high school diploma. Application
Eligibility: To be eligible to receive your diploma under this program, you must have been honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces. Additionally, you must have served between the following dates:

  • December 7, 1941 - December 31, 1946 (WWII)
  • June 27, 1950 - January 31, 1955 (Korean War)

Finally, you must have been on track to graduate between 1941 and 1954.

New Mexico Veterans who are deceased are also eligible to receive a diploma. Family members of Veterans may apply on their behalf.

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Apprenticeship Training: The state offers apprenticeship and theoretical training programs for qualified Veterans, who can receive their G.I. Bill benefits while working full-time and earning a salary. Qualified Veterans sign a contract establishing the length and scope of the training. All programs must meet apprenticeship standards set by the U.S. Department of Labor. Apprenticeship programs typically last between two to five years. Businesses and programs participating in a Veteran's apprenticeship program must require a participating Veteran to spend a minimum 2,000 hours of on-the-job training, along with a minimum 144 hours per year of related instruction. Typical apprenticeship opportunities are offered for: Carpenters, ironworkers, sheet-metal workers, plumbers, construction and architectural design. More info (505) 383-2431

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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:
Paul J. Aguilar, Commissioner
Deputy Secretary Finance and Operations, New Mexico Public Education Department
Address: Jerry Apodoca Education Building, 300 Don Gaspar, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Email: paulj.aguilar@state.nm.us
Phone: 505-827-6519

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Employment Benefits:

Employment Assistance: The New Mexico Department of Veterans Services works with local federal, state and local agencies to help unemployed Veterans find jobs."

The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions has a division specifically dedicated to helping Veterans find employment. Go to the "Job Seeker" or "Veterans" headings at the top of the department's website for more information. Or you can contact NMDW State Veterans' Coordinator Chris Zafra at (505) 841-8517

Members of the New Mexico National Guard or any of the Armed Forces Reserve Units can also get assistance from the Employment Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). More information can be found on their website or phone (505) 271-7117.

Guard or Reserve Unit members can also contact the Hero2Hired Program for employment assistance with military-friendly companies. The H2H Program was created by the U.S. Department of Defense as part of its Yellow Ribbon Re-integration Program. For more information, contact Chris Baca at (505) 271-7116.

The United States Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA) is aggressively recruiting Veterans to fill VA jobs in New Mexico and nationwide. For more information, visit the VAforVETS website.

The VA has another link to help Veterans. On its eBenefits Main Link, go to the bottom and click on the following two links: VOW to Hire Heroes, or VeteransJobBank.

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Paid Leave for Reserve and National Guard Service Members: State employee receives 15 days military leave per year. An additional 15 days of military leave/year if performing duty in support of OIF or OEF for Army National Guard only.
Eligibility: State employees in the Reserves and the National Guard who are called to active duty shall first be granted any remaining military leave from the fiscal year normally used for training purposes and then be granted an additional fifteen (15) days of military leave, as authorized by the governor. (10.4.7.19 NMAC). Members of organized Reserve units or the National Guard ordered to active duty training shall be given up to fifteen (15) working days of paid military leave per federal fiscal year. These fifteen (15) days are in addition to other authorized leave. (10.4.7.20 NMAC).

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New Mexico Personnel Office Veterans Hiring Preference: The State of New Mexico recognizes that preference shall be granted to United States Veterans, Disabled Veterans, National Guardsmen. or residents of the state in accordance with eligibility requirements in accordance with provisions of NMSA 1978 Sections 10-9-13.2 NMSA 1978. If you are a United States Veteran or a current National Guard member, you will be granted 5 points, which will be added to your final passing numerical scores on applications after documentation verification. If you are a United States Disabled Veteran, you will be granted an additional 5 points, which will be added to your final passing numerical scores on applications after documentation verification.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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On-The-Job Training (OJT): The state offers On-the-Job-Training (OJT) programs which typically last between six months to two years. Participating Veterans work under a skilled worker's supervision and draw monthly benefits from the U.S. Veterans' Administration. Upon completion, the Veteran is awarded a certificate by the employer indicating the successful completion of that training program. Some of the programs offered under OJT program are: heating and air conditioning repair, law enforcement, security and corrections officer training, warehouse operations, shipping and receiving clerks, landscaping, welding, commercial painting, auto mechanics and the beverage & food industry. More info (505) 383-2431

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Unemployment Compensation:

Unemployment Insurance (UI) provides temporary financial assistance to qualified individuals who meet state eligibility requirements. UI benefits are financed through employer payroll taxes; they are not deducted from employee paychecks. Everyone who collects UI benefits is legally responsible for following the rules according to New Mexico state law.

Unemployment Insurance (UI) claims are processed by the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (NMDWS), and there are two ways to file for unemployment:

ONLINE: You can file your new (initial) Unemployment Insurance claim online by going to the New Mexico Workforce Connection online system at www.jobs.state.nm.us

Computers are available at your local New Mexico Workforce Connection Centers and local libraries. Our UI Tax & Claims System is available to take initial claims and weekly certifications 4:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday through Friday. Please allow at least 30 minutes to file an online claim prior to system down time.

All individuals applying for and receiving unemployment benefits will be required to log into the New Mexico Workforce Connection Online System (https://www.jobs.state.nm.us/vosnet/Default.aspx) first in order to access the Unemployment Insurance Claims and Benefits System. UI claimants will be required to maintain usernames and passwords for both the online jobs system (and the UI claims system.

You can also file by phone by calling 1-877-NM-4-MYUI (1-877-664-6984). After following the automated prompts, your call will be transferred to a Customer Service Agent (CSA) who will complete your claim. Our Unemployment Insurance Operation Center is open from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday.

Whether over the internet or by telephone, you will need the following information to file a new claim:

  • Social Security Number
  • Mailing address and phone number(s) of employer(s) you worked for in last 18 months
  • The starting and ending dates of your last job (or jobs if more than one employer in last 18 months)
  • If you are a non-citizen, have your alien registration number and expiration date
  • If you worked during the week you are filing your claim, be sure you know the gross amount (total dollars and cents before any deductions) of your pay before filing
  • Pencil and paper to write down questions and instructions

http://www.dol.gov/elaws/vets/realifelines/stateinfo.htm?state=NM

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Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) Benefits:

Special Vehicle License Plates: Law has established six vehicle license plates including Armed Forces Veterans, Ex-Prisoners of War, Pearl Harbor Survivors, Purple Heart, 100% Disabled Veterans, and Medal of Honor, for qualified Veterans of New Mexico. Veterans who qualify for any special Veteran's plate other than the Armed Forces Veteran's plate shall receive up to two plates. They may purchase the Armed Forces Veteran's plate for as many vehicles as are registered under their name.

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National Guard Plates: The National Guard plate is available to any person who is an active member of the New Mexico National Guard, upon the submission by the person of proof satisfactory to the division that the person is currently a member of the guard. No fee, including the regular registration fee, shall be collected for issuance of a National Guard plate. Fee: None for plate or registration. Application

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Prisoner of War Plates: Prisoner of War (POW) plates are available to any person, or to the surviving Spouse of a deceased person, who was held as a prisoner of war by an enemy of the United States during any armed conflict, upon submission of proof satisfactory to the division. If the applicant is the surviving Spouse, a copy of the marriage certificate and death certificate must accompany the application. No fee, including the regular registration fee, shall be collected for issuance of a POW plate. Fee: None for plate or registration. Application

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Pearl Harbor Survivor Plates: A Veteran who can provide proof that they were a member of the Armed Forces on December 7, 1941, stationed at Pearl Harbor, on the Island of Oahu, or offshore at a distance not exceeding three miles. The VA shall confirm proof with the New Mexico chapter of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association. No fee other than the registration fee applicable shall be collected for this plate. Application

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Purple Heart Plates: The Purple Heart plate is issued for up to two vehicles to any person who is a Veteran and a bona fide Purple Heart medal recipient and submits proof that that have been awarded the medal. Most DD 214's list this with other medals that have been awarded or DA form 638 showing issuance of the Purple Heart Award. No fee, including the regular registration fee, shall be collected for this plate. Application

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50% Disabled Veteran Plates: The 50% disabled Veteran plate is available for up to two vehicles, including motorcycles, to a Veteran of the armed forces of the United States, upon the submission of proof satisfactory to the department that he was 50% disabled while serving in the armed forces of the United States. No fee, including the regular registration fee, shall be collected for issuance of 50 percent disabled Veteran plate. A 50% disabled Veteran who would also qualify for the disabled person (HP) plate may elect to have the disability wheelchair symbol included on his disabled Veteran plate. Application

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Gold Star Family Plate: The Gold Star Family registration plate is available to the surviving mother, father, step parent or Spouse of a Service member killed in an armed conflict with an enemy of the United States. There is a limit of four Gold Star Family registration plates for each eligible Family. There is no charge for this special plate. No fee, including the regular registration fee, shall be collected for issuance of the first Gold Star Family registration plate (one plate only) that is issued to the Service member's mother or Spouse. The remaining three plates are also free, but these recipients are responsible for an annual $17 plate registration fee. Application

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Medal of Honor Plates: A distinctive Medal of Honor plate is available for any person who has been awarded the Medal of Honor and submits proof satisfactory to the division that he has been awarded that medal. No fee, including the regular registration fee, shall be collected for this plate. Application

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Women Veteran Plate: Woman Veteran Plate "Women Veterans Serve Proudly", indicating that the recipient is a Women Veteran of the armed forces of the United States, as defined in Section 9-22-3-NMSA 1978, or is retired from the National Guard or military reserves, if that person submits proof satisfactory to the department of honorable discharge from the armed forces or of retirement from the National Guard or military reserves. Fee of $17.00 initially no added fee upon regular registration renewal. Application

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Armed Forces Veteran Plate: The Armed Forces Veteran plates are available for any individual who is a Veteran of the armed forces of the United States or is retired from the National Guard or military reserves, with proof satisfactory to the department of honorable discharge from the armed forces or of retirement from the National Guard or military reserves. Each armed forces Veteran may elect to receive a Veteran-designation decal to be placed across the top of the plate, centered above the registration number. Available decals include:

  • Medal of Honor recipient
  • Silver Star recipient
  • Bronze Star recipient
  • Navy Cross recipient
  • Distinguished Service Cross recipient
  • Air Force Cross recipient
  • Distinguished Flying Cross recipient
  • Combat Wounded
  • Merchant Marine
  • Atomic Veteran
  • Pearl Harbor survivor
  • Bataan Survivor
  • Navajo Code Talker
  • Vietnam Veteran
  • Korean Veteran
  • Disabled Korean Veteran
  • World War II Veteran
  • World War I Veteran
  • Grenada Veteran
  • Panama Veteran
  • Desert Storm Veteran
  • Iraqi Freedom Veteran

Fee of $17.00 initially no added fee upon regular registration renewal. Application

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Veteran Motorcycle Plate: This plate can be acquired by any motorcycle owner who is a Veteran of the armed forces of the United States, or is retired from the National Guard or military reserves, if that person submits proof satisfactory to the department of honorable discharge from the armed forces or of retirement from the National Guard or military reserves. Fee of $9.00 plus regular registration fee. Application
Veterans who qualify for any special Veteran's plate other than the Armed Forces Veteran's plate shall receive up to two plates. They may purchase the Armed Forces Veteran's plate for as many vehicles as are registered under their name.

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Health and Insurance Benefits:

Group Insurance: The New Mexico National Guard Association offerssnew life insurance plans as of early 2015:

  • $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: New Mexico National Guard members and their eligible Family members

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Veterans Affairs Life Insurance: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides valuable life insurance benefits to Veterans, 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)

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

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

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

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Worker's Compensation: Worker's Compensation equivalent to State employees.
Eligibility: Injury occurs while serving on State Active Duty.

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

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Parks and Recreation Benefits:

Day-Pass and Three Free Camping Nights for Disabled Veterans: Any Veteran who is rated 50% or higher service-connected disabled may obtain an annual free day-use pass and three free nights of camping for personal use only. Qualified Veterans can obtain these passes by showing proper identification and proof of disability at any NMDVS field office or download it here. Complete and send the application according to the instructions and attach a copy of your NM driver's license and a copy of the VA award letter showing a rating of 50% or higher.

Free State Monuments and Museums Pass for Disabled Veterans: Any Veteran who is rated 50% or higher service-connected disabled may obtain a free State Monument and Museum pass for personal use only. Qualified Veterans can obtain this pass by showing proper identification and proof of disability at any DVS field office or download it here.

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Free Hunting and Fishing: New Mexico residents who are 100% disabled Veterans of the armed services are eligible free of charge for a lifetime Game-hunting & Fishing License. Disabled Veterans may apply to NMDGF for a Disabled American Veteran Card which allows the holder to fish, hunt small game and obtain a deer hunting license. Card holders do not need to buy or possess a Habitat Stamp or Habitat Management & Access Validation when fishing or hunting small game or deer. 100%-disabled Veteran hunters who apply for a Public-land Deer License will not be charged an application fee
Eligibility: Any Veteran with 100% disability as determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Application

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Disabled Resident Veteran Small Game Hunting and Fishing License: New Mexico residents who are disabled Veterans of the armed services, but do not meet the 100% disabled qualification, are eligible for a $10 combination Game-hunting & Fishing License. Disabled Veterans may purchase a license online, by telephone or at license vendors. A Habitat Management & Access Validation and Habitat Stamp are required if applicable with the Disabled Veterans Game-hunting & Fishing License.

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Reduced Fee Licenses for Active Duty Military: These licenses may be purchased online, by telephone or at local vendors. A Habitat Stamp and Habitat Management & Access Validation are required if applicable. New Mexico residents who are active-duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces or the National Guard and who are on leave for 30 days or less are eligible for temporary licenses. A Four-day temporary Game-hunting License is available for $16. A Five-day Temporary Fishing License is available for $12. For all New Mexico residents who are active-duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces or the National Guard a Game-hunting & Fishing License is available for $20.

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Resident Veteran Game Hunting and Fishing License: New Mexico residents who are members of the National Guard or the U.S. Armed Forces and were called to active duty on or after 04/03/2003 are eligible for a free game hunting and fishing license for the year following their deactivation and return to the state. Proof of service must be presented at a Game and Fish office. A Habitat Management and Access Validation and Habitat Improvement stamp s not required in conjunction with the free game hunting and fishing license, however all other hunting activities require the purchase and possession of these stamps. All other laws and rules must be followed.

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Returning Iraq/Afghanistan Resident Veterans-Only Oryx Hunts: New Mexico residents deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan are eligible for an Once-in-a-Lifetime Oryx Hunt, available by drawing each license year. New Mexico resident fees apply. Applicant must apply before the application deadline (NM Hunting Rules & Info page 2) submit a copy of his/her orders or DD-214 with the draw application by e-mail to specialhunts@state.nm.us, fax: 505-476- 8180 or by U.S Mail to:

NMDGF Special Hunts
P.O. Box 25112
Santa Fe, NM 87507

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Resident Pricing Available for Certain Fort Bliss Hunting Opportunities: Active duty Soldiers stationed at Fort Bliss may receive resident pricing for hunting and fishing opportunities on the portions of Fort Bliss military reservation that are in New Mexico. Proof of assignment is required. To receive the resident price for draw applications, please send verification of assignment to NMDGF Special Hunts, PO Box 25112, Santa Fe, NM 87504 or fax to 505-476-8180 or email specialhunts@state.nm.us.

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Military Rehabilitation Fishing License Members or Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces in rehabilitation programs which include the learning and practice of fishing skills are eligible for free fishing licenses. The rehabilitation program must be sponsored by the federal government or a nonprofit organization authorized by the federal government, and it must be under the direction of a military or federal Veteran's Administration rehabilitation center. The Habitat Management & Access Validation and the Habitat Stamp are not required. For more information, please telephone: 1-888-248-6866.

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Non-Resident Disabled Active Duty and Veteran Licenses for Rehabilitation Enrollees: Non-resident active duty member's or Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces who are undergoing a rehabilitation program that involves hunting activities are eligible for resident pricing on deer, elk, antelope, javelina, and turkey licenses. The rehabilitation program must be sponsored by the Federal government, or a non-profit organization authorized by the Federal government and it must be under the direction of a military or Federal Veteran's administration rehabilitation center. This benefit is not available through the public draw. Proof of eligibility must be provided. This benefit is available at New Mexico Game and Fish offices. For more information please call 888-248-6866.

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Miscellaneous Benefits:

Veterans Military Honors: The New Mexico Department of Veterans Services coordinates with military and local Veteran organizations to provide an honor guard and bugler for military honors funerals for deceased honorably-discharged Veterans at no charge to the Family.

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Homeless and At-Risk Veteran Services: Through contracts with the New Mexico Veterans Integration Center (NMVIC) in Albuquerque and Mesilla Valley Community of Hope in Las Cruces, The Department of Veterans Services provides transition services for homeless and at risk NM Veterans.

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New Mexico Veterans Home: Any Veteran with an honorable discharge from the Armed Forces of the United States shall be eligible for admission to the New Mexico Veteran's Home in Truth or Consequences (575) 894-4200 or (575) 894-4297, or Ft. Bayard State Veteran's Home in Santa Clara (575) 537-3302. Click here for application.
Eligibility: Honorably discharged Veterans with 90 days or more of service and their Spouses as well as Gold Star Parents, who have lost Children in the service of their country, and certain members of a reserve component of the US Armed Forces who meet the legal residence requirements.

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Veterans' and Family Support Services: The New Mexico Veteran and Family Support Services (VFSS) improves transitions of care for Soldiers, Veterans, and their Families experiencing issues associated with trauma and other behavioral health problems, through quality and comprehensive behavioral health and medication management, support services, education, training, and outreach. VFSS is administered by Presbyterian Medical Services. PMS designs and delivers quality, accessible, integrated health, education, and human services in response to identified needs of the multicultural people of the Southwest.

VFSS Toll-free (state-wide, 24/7)
1-877-929-9797

NM Crisis Help Line
1-888-920-6333

VA Suicide Hotline
1-800-273-8255

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New Mexico National Cemeteries: There are two National cemeteries located in New Mexico, the Santa Fe National Cemetery and the Fort Bayard National Cemetery. Burial benefits available for Spouses and dependents buried in a national cemetery include burial with the Veteran, and the Spouse or dependents name and date of birth and death will be inscribed on the Veteran's headstone, at no cost to the Family. Eligible Spouses and dependents may be buried, even if they predecease the Veteran. To schedule a burial: Fax all discharge documentation to the National Cemetery Scheduling Office at 1-866-900-6417 and follow-up with a phone call to 1-800-535-1117.
Eligibility: Veterans discharged from active duty under conditions other than dishonorable and Service members who die while on active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training, as well as Spouses and dependent Children of Veterans and active duty Service members, may be eligible for VA burial and memorial benefits including burial in a national cemetery, a headstone to mark the grave of a Veteran interred in a private cemetery or a Presidential Memorial Certificate for loved ones. The Veteran does not have to die before a Spouse or dependent Child can be eligible. With certain exceptions, active duty service beginning after September 7, 1980, as an enlisted person, and after October 16, 1981, as an officer, must be for a minimum of 24 consecutive months or the full period of active duty (as in the case of reservists or National Guard members called to active duty for a limited duration). Active duty for training, by itself, while serving in the reserves or National Guard, is not sufficient to confer eligibility. Reservists and National Guard members, as well as their Spouses and dependent Children, are eligible if they were entitled to retired pay at the time of death, or would have been upon reaching requisite age.

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Military Installations in New Mexico

Please see the New Mexico Resource Locator for additional information.

Active Duty
Army
White Sands Missile Range

Air Force
Holloman AFB
Kirtland AFB
Cannon AFB

National Guard
New Mexico Army National Guard
New Mexico Air National Guard

150th Fighter Wing

United States Army Reserve (USAR)
63rd Regional Support Command

Additional information can be found at: http://myarmybenefits.us.army.mil/Home/Benefit_Library/Resource_Locator/New_Mexico.html

 

Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Facilities

Veterans Health Administration
VA Health Care System
Albuquerque: New Mexico VA Health Care System, 1501 San Pedro SE, 505-265-1711 / 800-465-8262

Community Based Outpatient Clinic
Alamogordo: Alamogordo CCBOC, 3199 N. White Sands Blvd, Ste D10, 515-437-9195 / Fax: 575-551-5040
Artesia: Artesia Clinic, 2410 W Main St, 575-746-3531 / Fax: 575-746-6958
Clovis: Clovis CBOC, 921 East Llano Estacado, 575-763-4335 / Fax: 575-763-4296
Espanola: Espanola CCBOC, 105 S. Coronado Ave, 505-367-4213 / Fax: 505-367-4215
Farmington: Farmington CBOC, 3605 English Rd, 505-326-4383 / Fax: 505-325-1925
Gallup: Gallup CBOC, 2075 NM Hwy 602, 505-722-7234 / Fax: 505-863-6078
Hobbs: Hobbs CBOC, 1601 N. Turner, 4th Fl, 575-391-0354 / Fax: 575-397-9977
Las Cruces: Las Cruces CBOC, 1635 Don Roser, 575-522-1241 / Fax: 575-522-1497
Las Vegas: Las Vegas CCBOC, 624 University Ave, 505-425-1910 / Fax: 505-425-1905
Raton: Raton CBOC, 1493 Whittier St, 575-445-2391 / Fax: 575-445-8714
Rio Rancho: Northwest Metro, 1760 Grande Blvd SE , 505-896-7200 / Fax: 505-994-4285
Santa Fe: Santa Fe CBOC, 5152 Beckner Rd, 505-986-8645 / Fax: 505-986-8662
Silver City: Silver City Clinic, 2950 Leslie Rd, 575-538-2921 / Fax: 575-388-9260
Taos: Taos CCBOC, 1353 Paseo Del Pueblo Sur, 575-751-0328 / Fax: 575-758-8934
Truth or Consequences: Truth or Consequences CCBOC, 1960 North Date St, 575-894-7662 / Fax: 575-894-7930

Vet Center - 877-927-9387
Albuquerque: Albuquerque Vet Center, 1600 Mountain Rd NW, 505-346-6562 / Fax: 505-346-6572
Farmington: Farmington Vet Center, 4251 E. Main Ste A, 505-327-9684 / Fax: 505-327-9519
Las Cruces: Las Cruces Vet Center, 230 S. Water St, 575-523-9826 / Fax: 575-523-9827
Santa Fe: Santa Fe Vet Center, 2209 Brothers Rd, Ste 110, 505-988-6562 / Fax: 505-988-6564

Veterans Benefits Administration
Regional Office
Albuquerque: Albuquerque Regional Office, Dennis Chavez Federal Bldg, 500 Gold Ave, SW, 800-827-1000

Intake Site (Pre-Discharge Claims Assistance)
Kirtland AFB: Kirtland Air Force Base, Airman & Family Readiness Center Support Bldg 20245, Ste 126

National Cemetery Administration
National Cemetery
Fort Bayard: Fort Bayard National Cemetery, 200 Camino De Paz, 505-988-6400 / Fax: 505-988-6497
Santa Fe: Santa Fe National Cemetery, 501 North Guadalupe St, 505-988-6400 / Fax: 505-988-6497

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Resources

http://www.dvs.state.nm.us/benefits.html

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

http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/

http://www.nmvic.org/

http://www.nmvets.com/

http://www.hed.state.nm.us/

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

http://164.64.110.239/nmac/parts/title10/10.004.0007.pdf

http://www.mvd.newmexico.gov/military-and-veterans.aspx

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

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

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Document Review Date: 10 December 2015