State / Territory Benefits - North Dakota
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Summary: North Dakota offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including State Educational Benefits for dependent of MIA/POWs, Tax Exemptions for the disabled, job reinstatement, and Veteran's preference in public employment. We also administer a Veterans Aid Loan Program, a Grant Program, and a Transportation Program. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component, and Veteran disability status.
State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility
State Tax Advantage: None
Military / Retirement Income Taxes: A total of $5,000.00 can be excluded from military, civil service, some state/local government, and qualified pensions, minus amount of Social Security received. Out-of-state government pensions are fully taxed.
Retired Military Pay: North Dakota's individual income tax law provides only one special deduction for active members of the military. It does not include combat pay that is exempt from federal income tax. The current income tax law does not provide for any special deductions for retired military members.
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: VA benefits are not taxable because they generally are for disabilities and are not subject to federal or state taxes.
Military SBP/ RCSBP/RSFPP: Survivor benefits to not need to be reported as taxable income.
Homestead Tax Credit: Is available to senior citizens (65+) or disabled persons who own or rent their home. Your income, plus the income of your Spouse and any dependents, may not exceed $26,000 for the calendar year preceding the assessment date. Your assets may not exceed $75,000. The maximum homestead credit is $4,500 (income $0 to $18,000). Click here for details. For a brochure on the Homestead Tax Credit, click here.
Property Tax Exemption: A paraplegic disabled Veteran of the United States Armed Forces or any Veteran who has been awarded specially adapted housing by the Department of Veterans Affairs, or the unremarried surviving Spouse if such Veteran is deceased, for the first $120,000 of true and full valuation of the fixtures, buildings, and improvements. (NDCC 57-02-08, para 20.a)
National Guard Tuition Waiver: Any qualifying member of the National Guard who enrolls in any state-controlled school, shall, subject to National Guard rules promulgated by the adjutant general, is entitled to receive a twenty-five percent waiver of the tuition from the state-controlled school.
Eligibility: The tuition waiver is valid only so long as the member of the National Guard maintains satisfactory performance with the guard, meets the qualification requirements of rules promulgated by the adjutant general, and pursues a course of study in a manner, which satisfies the normal requirements of the school.
Free Tuition to qualified Dependents in North Dakota Institution of Higher Education: Upon being duly accepted for enrollment into any North Dakota state-supported institution of higher education or state-supported technical or vocational school, must be allowed to obtain a bachelor's degree or certificate of completion, for so long as the dependent is eligible, free of any tuition and fee charges provided that the bachelor's degree or certificate of completion is earned within a forty-five month or ten semester period or its equivalent; and further that tuition and fee charges shall not include costs for aviation flight charges or expenses.
Eligibility: Any dependent of a resident Veteran who was killed in action or died from wounds or other service-connected causes, was totally disabled as a result of service-connected causes, died from service-connected disabilities, was a prisoner of war, or was declared missing in action.
Honorary High School Diplomas: Honorary High School Diplomas are available for WWII, Korean, and Vietnam War Veterans who left high school to serve in these wars.
Veterans Upward Bound: The Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) is an individualized educational program for Veterans who want to obtain academic preparation before entering or during postsecondary education. Course work in English, computer literacy, mathematics, science, and reading is designed to prepare Veterans for successful participation in postsecondary education. The program also offers General Education Development (GED) test preparation for Veterans lacking a high school diploma. In addition to academic course work, the program provides advising and referral services. Veterans may be eligible to receive educational benefits while attending the program.
Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program: The Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA) provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain Veterans. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training. If you are a Spouse, you may take a correspondence course. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.
Eligibility: Must be the son, daughter, or Spouse of:
A Veteran who died or is permanently and totally disabled as the result of a service-connected disability. The disability must arise out of active service in the Armed Forces.
- A Veteran who died from any cause while such permanent and total service-connected disability was in existence.
- A Service member missing in action or captured in line of duty by a hostile force.
- A Service member forcibly detained or interned in line of duty by a foreign government or power.
- A Service member who is hospitalized or receiving outpatient treatment for a service connected permanent and total disability and is likely to be discharged for that disability.
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:
LTC Davina French, North Dakota Commissioner
Address: PO Box 5511, Bismark, ND 58506-5511
Military Operations Adjusted Compensation: In order to ease the financial hardships and personal and Family sacrifice sustained by those North Dakota members of the National Guard, Reserve, and Active duty component who were mobilized after December 5, 1992, in support of military operations around the world it is the intent of the legislative assembly that additional compensation be provided to those resident Veterans of North Dakota and payment of that compensation is declared to be a public purpose. It is the further intent of the legislative assembly to encourage those North Dakota resident Veterans to continue their voluntary membership in the National Guard, Reserve Component, and Active military force. (North Dakota Century Code 37-28-01) Each National Guard or Reserve Component resident Veteran mobilized stateside is entitled to fifty dollars for each month or major fraction thereof for domestic service. Each National Guard, Reserve, or Active Component resident Veteran of foreign service who received the expeditionary medal or campaign badge is entitled to one hundred dollars for each month or major fraction thereof. If the Veteran received a purple heart for foreign service, the Veteran is entitled to a payment of two thousand five hundred dollars in lieu of monthly payments for adjusted compensation related to the mobilization during which the purple heart was earned. If the Veteran is deceased, the Veteran's beneficiary is entitled to any payments under this chapter to which the Veteran would have been entitled. Applications for adjusted compensation may be filed with the adjutant general through June 30, 2011, or in the case of a Soldier mobilized on June 30, 2011, not later than six months after the end of the mobilization period of service.
Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm Veterans' Compensation: Each Veteran is entitled to fifty dollars for each month or major fraction thereof for domestic service and one hundred dollars for each month or major fraction thereof for Foreign Service. If the Veteran received a purple heart for Foreign Service, the Veteran is entitled to a payment of two thousand five hundred dollars in lieu of monthly payments for adjusted compensation. If the Veteran is deceased; the Veteran's beneficiary is entitled to any payments under this chapter to which the Veteran would have been entitled. Applications for adjusted compensation may be filed with the adjutant general after April 1, 1991, but not later than six months after the end of the period of service. (North Dakota Century Code 37-26-02)
Eligibility: National Guard or Reserve Component Soldiers who served during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
Payment to beneficiary of Veteran who died in active service: In the case of a Veteran who died as a result of active service during the period of service, the beneficiary of such Veteran is entitled to a payment of two thousand five hundred dollars in lieu of any other compensation under this chapter. (North Dakota Century Code 37-26-03)
Public employment preference to Veterans - Residency requirements: Veterans are entitled to preference, over all other applicants, in appointment or employment by governmental agencies, provided that such Veteran is a United States citizen at the time of application for employment. Veterans qualified for preference may not be disqualified from holding any position with an agency because of physical or mental disability, unless the disability renders them unable to properly perform the duties of the position applied for.
- An applicant claiming Veterans' preference shall provide a copy of report of separation DD-214.
- An applicant claiming disabled Veterans' preference shall provide a copy of report of separation DD-214 and a letter less than one year old from the Veterans' administration indicating the Veteran's disability status.
- An applicant claiming Veterans' preference as an eligible Spouse of a deceased Veteran shall provide a copy of the marriage certificate, the Veteran's report of separation DD-214, and the Veteran's death certificate.
- An applicant claiming disabled Veterans' preference as an eligible Spouse of a disabled Veteran shall provide a copy of the marriage certificate, the Veteran's report of separation DD-214, and a letter less than one year old from the Veterans' administration indicating the Veteran's disability status.
When a Veteran applies for employment to a position that is not being filled through a competitive personnel system, the officer, board, or person whose duty it is to employ an individual to fill the available position shall investigate the qualifications of the Veteran. If the Veteran is found to possess the qualifications required for the position applied for, whether educational or by way of prior experience, and is physically and mentally able to perform the duties of the position applied for, the officer, board, or person shall employ the Veteran. A disabled Veteran is entitled to a preference superior to that given other Veterans under this section, which preference must be accorded in the manner provided in this section. If the group of eligible individuals includes either Veterans or disabled Veterans, the employing authority of that particular agency or governmental agency shall make a selection for the available position as follows:
- A disabled Veteran is first entitled to the position and, in the absence of justifiable cause, documented in writing, for not making that selection, must be so employed. If the list includes two or more disabled Veterans, then the employing authority shall fill the position from the group of eligible individuals to be considered. The employing authority may further inquire into the qualifications of each eligible individual from within that group through means including interviews, background checks, and skills testing. A disabled Veteran from the group of eligible individuals is first entitled to the position and, in the absence of justifiable cause, documented in writing, for not making that selection, must be so employed.
- If the group of eligible individuals does not include one or more disabled Veterans and consists only of Veterans, then the employing authority shall fill the position from the group of eligible individuals to be considered. The employing authority may further inquire into the qualifications of each eligible individual from within that group through means including interviews, background checks, and skills testing. A Veteran from the group of eligible individuals is first entitled to the position and, in the absence of justifiable cause, documented in writing, for not making that selection, must be so employed.
- If the group of eligible individuals includes non-Veterans and Veterans, but not disabled Veterans, then the employing authority shall fill the position from the group of eligible individuals to be considered. The employing authority may further inquire into the qualifications of each eligible individual from within that group through means including interviews, background checks, and skills testing. A Veteran from the group of eligible individuals is first entitled to the position and must be employed unless there is justifiable cause that is documented in writing for not employing that Veteran.
When a Veteran applies for employment to a position that is being filled through a competitive personnel system, the officer, board, or person whose duty it is to employ an individual to fill the available position shall investigate the qualifications of the Veteran. If the Veteran is found to possess the qualifications required for the position applied for, whether educational or by way of prior experience, and is physically and mentally able to perform the duties of the position applied for, the officer, board, or person shall employ the following:
- No distinction or discrimination may be made in the administration of the competitive personnel system examination because the applicant may be a Veteran.
- Upon receipt of proof required in subsection 1, on a one hundred point scale, the examiner shall add five points for a Veteran and ten points for a disabled Veteran to the examination grade of the applicant. The total is the Veteran's examination score. If a scale other than a one hundred point scale is used, the examiner shall add five percent of the scale used for a Veteran and ten percent of the scale used for a disabled Veteran to the examination grade of the applicant. The total is the Veteran's examination score. (North Dakota Century Code 37-19.1-02)
Veterans' Preference: Veterans' 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.
Eligibility: Veterans' 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.
Eligibility: There are two types of preference eligibility:
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.
Employment Preferences to be granted to Veterans' Spouses:
- The un-remarried Spouse of a Veteran who died while in service, or later died from a service-connected cause or causes, is entitled, if the person is otherwise qualified, to the appointment or employment preference given to a Veteran under section 37-19.1-02 in the manner provided therein.
- The Spouse of a disabled Veteran, who is disabled due to a service-connected cause or causes, is, if the disabled Veteran is unable to exercise the Veteran's right to a Veteran's employment preference due to the Veteran's disability, entitled, if the person is otherwise qualified, to the appointment or employment preference given to a Veteran under section 37-19.1-02 in the manner provided therein. (North Dakota Century Code 37-19.1-03)
Employment Assistance: State employee receives 20 working days military leave per year for Federal or State active duty. (North Dakota Century Code 37-01-25)
Eligibility: State employee on orders for Annual Training.
Unemployment Insurance: Job Service North Dakota administers the Unemployment Insurance (UI), providing temporary assistance to unemployed North Dakota workers.
UI ICE is Job Service North Dakota's Unemployment Insurance Internet Claims Entry system. This secure, convenient tool allows you to:
- File an unemployment insurance claim
- Certify weekly eligibility
- Select your payment option
- Access unemployment insurance information
- Complete orientation and eligibility reviews
- Complete re-employment activities
If you have problems with your internet claim/certification, you can call the Unemployment Insurance Claims Center at 701-328-4995 for assistance and provide that number.
To be eligible for unemployment benefits you must:
- Have been separated from employment through no fault of your own or have had your hours reduced.
- Be able to work.
- Be available for work.
- Be actively seeking employment.
- Be found monetarily eligible - a claimant establishes monetary eligibility based on work performed during a specific one-year period called the base period.
What information will I need to file my claim?
Information you will need to have available when you file:
- Your Social Security Number
- Name, address and telephone number of all employers for whom you worked in the last 18 months or since last registering
- Wage you are willing to accept
- Union Local name and number
- DD214 member copy 4 (proof of military service and wages)
- SF8 and SF50 (proof of federal civilian service and wages)
- Your alien identification number (non-U.S. citizen authorized to work in the U.S.)
How do I file my claim?
There are two ways to file your claim:
- Online using Job Service North Dakota's UI ICE internet site, or;
- By telephone using our automated telephone system by calling (701) 328-4995
Please note: The UI ICE internet application and the automated phone system are unavailable daily from 10:00 pm to midnight Central Time due to maintenance. Claims Center staff are available Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Central Time.
ND Driver's License: Veterans can request to have an "V" indicator on their North Dakota driver license to show that they are a Veteran of the US military services. Veterans need to bring a copy of their discharge papers (DD214) to a Veteran Service Officer. The Veteran Service officer will verify the individual qualifies as a Veteran in accordance with NDCC 37-01-40 (2), complete and sign the SFN 59980 "Verification of Veteran Status for Veteran Indicator on Drivers License" form. The Veteran will bring this form to the ND Drivers License Site Location when he/she renews the driver's license. If renewal is not due, the $8.00 duplicate fee will be charged.
Gold Star License Plates: The director (DOT) may issue distinctive number plates to a surviving Spouse, parent, including stepmother, stepfather, parent through adoption, and foster parent who stands or stood in loco parentis, grandparents, Child, including stepchild and Child through adoption, and sibling, including half-brother and half-sister, of a member of the armed forces of the United States who died while serving on active duty during a time of military conflict. Payment of an initial fee of $15, of which $10 is to be deposited in the highway tax distribution fund and $5 is to be deposited in the Veterans' cemetery maintenance fund. One set of plates may be issued to an eligible Family member. A qualified applicant may choose a personalized plate not exceeding a total of five (5) characters and spaces. This requires a fee of $25 per year in addition to the Veteran plate fee and the annual registration fee. To apply, applications must complete SFN 59183 Application for North Dakota Gold Star Plate.
Prisoner of War (POW) License Plates: A Veteran, while serving in the U.S. armed forces was a POW and has received an honorable discharge from the U.S. armed forces, may be issued a special number license plate. On the death of the Veteran, the surviving Spouse may retain the numbered plate as an active plate until such time as they remarry. However, the surviving Spouse is not entitled to the special registration rate for former prisoners of war. To be eligible the Veteran's Affairs Office must be able to certify the applicant was a POW. SFN 2872 Application for Certificate of Title form must be completed, signed, and returned with the certification letter and annual $5.00 license fee.
National Guard License Plates: Distinctive numbered plates may be issued to members of the National Guard or retired after 20 years or more of service from the National Guard. The Adjutant General shall certify those members of the National Guard eligible to receive the plates. SFN 2872 Application for Certificate of Title form must be completed, signed and returned with the form from the National Guard and the one-time $5.00 fee.
Purple Heart License Plates: Available to those recipients of the Purple Heart award as listed on the DD214 or Certificate. There is an initial fee of $15.00 ($5 goes to Veterans Cemetery maintenance fund) to receive the Veterans' Number plates, with an annual fee thereafter of $10.00 ($5.00 goes to Veterans Cemetery trust fund and $5 to Veterans Cemetery maintenance fund). Personalized Veterans' Number plates are an annual fee of $25.00 in addition to the annual fee of $10.00 and the yearly license fees. The SFN 51628 Application for ND Veterans Number Plate form must be completed, signed and returned with appropriate fees.
Disabled American Veteran License Plates: To be eligible the Department of Veteran Affairs office must sign a letter stating the applicant is 100% service-related disabled or attesting eligibility under Public Law 663 of the 79th Congress. Qualified Veterans are eligible for two (excise tax) exempt vehicles licensed with the DAV license plate at a time. The SFN 2872 Application for Certificate of Title form must be completed, signed, and returned with the certification letter and annual $5.00 license fee.
Veterans License Plates: Individuals eligible for interment in the North Dakota Veterans' Cemetery qualify for these plates. There is an initial fee of $15.00($5 goes to Veterans Cemetery maintenance fund) to receive the Veterans' Number plates, with an annual fee thereafter of $10.00 ($5.00 goes to Veterans Cemetery trust fund and $5 to Veterans Cemetery maintenance fund). Personalized Veterans' Number plates are an annual fee of $25.00 in addition to the annual fee of $10.00 and the yearly license fees. Check availability of personalized plate. The SFN 51628 Application for ND Veterans Number Plate form must be completed, signed and returned with appropriate fees.
Yellow Ribbon Plates: The Yellow Ribbon "Support our Veterans Plates" Available to the general public through the North Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs. You do NOT need to be a Veteran to apply for these plates. There is an initial fee of $25 ($15 will be donated to the North Dakota Veterans Emergency Needs Charitable Fund). You can personalize the plates for an additional $25 (optional-as with any plate) with up to 5 characters. The North Dakota Veterans Emergency Needs Charitable Fund was established to provide resources for emergency needs of North Dakota Veterans and their eligible dependents. Emergency needs of Veterans may include but are not limited to dental care, vision, hearing, transportation for medical treatment and other special needs as approved by the Fund Advisors. The SFN 54397 Application for Organization Plate form must be completed, signed and returned with appropriate fees.
Group Insurance: NG NGA offers up to $400,000 level to age 50; Spouse coverage up to $100,000; $10,000 for Children. This insurance you take with you upon separation.
Eligibility: Member of Army/Air National Guard.
Workers Compensation: Workers Compensation equivalent to State employees.
Eligibility: Injury occurs while serving on State Active Duty.
Injury/Death Benefits: Workers Compensation equivalent to State employees.
Eligibility: Injury/Death occurs while serving on State Active Duty.
Totally or Permanently Disabled Fishing License: May be obtained by residents of North Dakota for $5.00.
Eligibility: Proof of disability required.
Veteran with 50% Service Disabled Fishing License: May be obtained by residents of North Dakota for $5.00.
Eligibility: Proof of disability required.
Totally or Permanently Disabled Hunting License: Veteran Combined includes general game and habitat, small game, and fur-bearer licenses may be obtained by residents of North Dakota for $3.00.
Eligibility: Proof of disability required.
Free Annual Permit to State Parks for Disabled Veterans/POWs: North Dakota Veterans with a 50% or greater, service-related disability and former POWs are eligible for a free annual permit. This program is available to North Dakota residents only, with VA proof of disability or status, or a North Dakota DAV/POW license plate.
Discounted Annual Permit to State Parks for Disabled Veterans: North Dakota Veterans with service related disabilities are eligible to receive an annual permit for $20. This program is available to North Dakota residents only.
Eligibility: Proof of disability required - Report of Benefit letter from the VA or a North Dakota DAV/POW license plate.
Free Passage Through Toll Gates, Bridges, and Ferries: Any person belonging to the military forces of this state, going to or returning from any parade, encampment, drill, or meeting which the person may be required by law to attend, must be allowed to pass free through all toll gates and over all toll bridges and ferries, with the person's conveyance and with any military property of this state in the person's charge, if the person is in uniform or if the person presents an order for duty or a certificate of membership in the National Guard. (North Dakota Century Code 37-01-14)
Hardship Assistance Grant: The purpose of this assistance is to provide money to give aid and comfort to Veterans [as defined in NDCC 37-14] and their Spouses, or un-remarried Widow/Widowers of eligible Veterans.
Eligibility: The individual must have an unmet need of dental and/or denture work (routine and maintenance procedures are not covered), optical, hearing, transportation (for medical treatment), special needs for medical reasons, housing deposit, other emergency needs approved by the Commissioner of Veterans Affairs.
The following requirements need to be met to apply (DOCUMENTATION IS REQUIRED):
- Qualify as Veteran or eligible dependent as defined in NDCC 37-14-01.1.
- Income and asset level. Income will be based on established indexes such as pension rates and poverty guidelines which will be reviewed annually.
- Must be a North Dakota resident for one year prior to application date.
- Medical bills showing all work completed, and all payments and credits must be received by the department within 60-90 days of the date of approval.
Veterans Aid Loan Program: The Veterans Aid Fund is a permanent fund to be used solely for making loans to Veterans or their Widow/Widowers. The maximum loan amount is $5,000.00. The interest rate is 8% per annum. Time limit can be from six months to 48 months. One-half of the interest paid will be refunded provided the loan is repaid under the agreed upon terms. The Department has the right to take legal action to collect on delinquent loans.
Eligibility: To qualify, the applicant is required to be:
- a peacetime Veteran
- a wartime Veteran
- National Guard with active duty [as defined in NDCC 37-14]
- or un-remarried Widow/Widower of eligible Veteran
- a resident of North Dakota for at least one year
- and have the financial ability to make payments.
North Dakota State Veterans Home: The North Dakota Veterans Home, located in Lisbon, North Dakota, consists of 98 basic care and 52 skilled nursing beds. The Veterans Home was established to provide service to Veterans.
Eligibility: To be eligible for admission Veterans must meet one of the following criteria:
- Bona fide resident of North Dakota verified 30 day residency;
- Served in a North Dakota regiment (activated N. D. National Guard);
- Entered the Armed Forces as a North Dakota resident; or
- Spouse or surviving Spouse of above Veteran.
No Veteran may be considered eligible for residency whose last period of service in the armed services was terminated under dishonorable conditions.
No Veteran may be admitted to the Veterans Home that has been convicted of a felony or a crime involving moral turpitude, without producing sufficient evidence of subsequent good conduct and reformation of character so as to satisfactory to the board of admissions.
The Basic Care Unit requires that potential residents have total independence with personal care needs; such as, bathing, dressing, eating, ambulating (walking), toileting, transferring, etc. NDVH is unable to accept residents who are receiving dialysis treatment. NDVH requires that applicants who have a diagnosis of alcohol or substance abuse have nine to twelve months of documented sobriety before being accepted to NDVH. If the potential resident has a mental health condition it must be stabilized at the time of admission.
The Skilled Care Unit requires that a potential resident meet the North Dakota criteria for nursing home placement.
North Dakota Veterans Cemetery: The North Dakota Veteran's Cemetery was established by an act of the 1989 Legislative Assembly. The cemetery was opened in July 1992, and is operated by the Adjutant General of North Dakota. There is no cost to the Veteran for burial, if a Spouse or eligible dependent is to be interred at the cemetery there is a $550.00 interment fee, Every grave will be marked with an upright granite headstone at no cost to the Veteran, non-military Spouse, eligible dependents, and National Guard and Reserve retirees. National Guard and Reserve members with less than 20 years of service and are not on active duty at the time of their death are required to purchase the headstone through the cemetery.
Eligibility: Any Veteran of wartime or peacetime service who is eligible for burial in a "National Cemetery", in accordance with VA Publication VA-NCS-IS-1, regardless of state of residency. The eligible Spouse, Widow, or Widower of any person listed above. Normally the Veteran and Spouse (and other eligible dependents of the Veteran) will be interred in the same gravesite or an adjoining gravesite, as appropriate.
Presidential Memorial Certificate: A Presidential Memorial Certificate is an engraved paper certificate, signed by the current President, to honor the memory of honorably discharged deceased Veterans.
Eligibility: Eligible recipients include the next of kin and loved ones of honorably discharged deceased Veterans. More than one certificate may be provided. Presidential Memorial Certificate Request form 40-0247.
Veterans Hospital Transportation Program: The Veterans' transportation system is designed to aid Veterans in transportation to a Veterans Hospital. Currently there are five vans on scheduled routes bringing Veterans to Fargo, North Dakota or Miles City, Montana. The cost of this program is underwritten in part by the Post War Trust Fund.
Veterans Health Administration
VA Medical Center
Fargo: Fargo VA Healthcare System, 2101 N. Elm, 800-410-9723
Dickinson: Dickinson VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 528 21st St. W. Suite F, 701-483-1850
Jamestown: Jamestown VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 2422 20th St. SW, 701-952-4787
Community Based Outpatient Clinics
Bismarck: Bismarck VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic, Gateway Mall, 2700 State St, Suite 5, 701-221-9152, Fax: 701-221-0918
Grafton: Grafton VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic, ND St. Developmental Ctr, Health Service Bldg, West Sixth St, 701-352-4059, Fax: 701-352-9290
Grand Forks: Grand Forks VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 3221 32nd Ave South, Suite 700, 701-335-4380
Minot: Minot VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 5th Medical Group, 10 Missile Ave, 701-727-9800, Fax: 701-727-9804
Williston: Williston VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 205 Main St, 701-572-2470
Vet Center - 877-927-8387
Bismarck: Bismarck Vet Center, 619 Riverwood Dr, Suite 105, 701-224-9751, Fax: 701-223-5150
Fargo: Fargo Vet Center, 3310 Fiechtner Dr, Suite 100, 701-237-0942, Fax: 701-237-5734
Minot: Minot Vet Center, 1400 20th Ave SW, Suite 2, 701-852-0177, Fax: 701-852-5225
Veterans Benefits Administration
Fargo: Fargo Regional Benefit Office, 2101 Elm St, 701-451-4600, Fax: 701-451-4690
North Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs
4201 38th Street South
Fargo, ND 58104-7535
Phone: 701-239-7165; toll-free 866-634-8387
925 Basin Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58504
Military Installations in North Dakota
Document Review Date: 20 May 2014